Following his prepared remarks at Health Journalism 2016, United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@) answered some questions from journalists about opiods, alcohol, marijuana, mental health, gun violence, the relationship between science and public policy, and more.
United States Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., (@) spoke to attendees of Health Journalism 2016 and discussed how his administration will address the overuse of opioids in the United States.
A follow-up blog post will feature Murthy answering journalists’ questions after his prepared talk.
A blockbuster hepatitis C drug costs $84,000, straining state budgets. Martin Shkreli acquires the rights to a generic and raises its price 5,000 percent. Presidential candidates react to the public outcry, claiming they know what to do about the drug prices.
What does it all mean? Until recently, “there’s been an equilibrium in the public mind between a free market regimen of the market setting prices and what the public and payers are willing to pay,” said independent journalist Duncan Moore, “but there are indications this informal tradeoff has begun to swing out of control.” Continue reading
Of course there was plenty of reporting about health reform, the business of health care, medical research and quality of life as the population ages. We also had some important posts addressing special concerns of freelance health and medical writers.
If you find yourself stuck waiting in a line or an airport over the holidays, you might take a look back and see if these posts spark any ideas for your future reporting. Continue reading
The Panel of International Journalists was the brainchild of former AHCJ president Trudy Lieberman and created with the help of Noralou P. Roos, Ph.D., and the Evidence Network of Canadian Health Policy (commonly known as EvidenceNetwork.ca), as Lieberman explains in this CJR piece.
The New York-based journalist wanted to “encourage more cross-country conversation and tap into the expertise of colleagues in other countries who report on the same health and medical issues we do.” Continue reading