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Pharmacists are seeing unusual and fraudulent prescribing activity as doctors hoard unproven coronavirus drugs endorsed by Trump

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A nationwide shortage of two drugs touted as possible treatments for the coronavirus is being driven in part by doctors inappropriately prescribing the medicines for family, friends and themselves, according to pharmacists and state regulators.

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The Trump administration drove him back to China — where he invented a fast coronavirus test

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Inside Purdue Pharma’s media playbook: How it planted the opioid 'anti-story'

In 2004, Purdue Pharma was facing a threat to sales of its blockbuster opioid painkiller OxyContin, which were approaching $2 billion a year. With abuse of the drug on the rise, prosecutors were bringing criminal charges against some doctors for prescribing massive amounts of OxyContin.

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Data touted by OxyContin maker to fight lawsuits understates company's role in crisis

This story is a collaboration between ProPublica and STAT.

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Watch Richard Sackler deny his family’s role in the opioid crisis

This story is a collaboration between ProPublica, STAT and ABC News.

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OxyContin maker explored expansion into 'attractive' anti-addiction market

Not content with billions of dollars in profits from the potent painkiller OxyContin, its maker explored expanding into an “attractive market” fueled by the drug’s popularity — treatment of opioid addiction, according to previously secret passages in a court document filed by the state of Massachusetts.

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The Drug Treatment Racket: Union Workers Feel Trapped as Their Benefits Are Drained

Targeted by an addiction treatment center, union workers feel trapped as their benefits are drained

They'd been promised a "spa for teachers," but were brought to a rundown, low-slung building on an unremarkable stretch of road miles from the beach. ... cards, and driver's licenses. One after another, New Jersey public school teachers arrived at the Recovery Institute of South Florida after asking their union to find them addiction or mental health ...

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This Strung-Out Dope Pusher Peddled Pills for Big Pharma

Sales executive for opioid maker was addicted to the drug he promoted

As a district sales manager for Insys Therapeutics, Jeffrey Pearlman led a team that aggressively pushed doctors to widely prescribe the company's highly addictive opioid painkiller Subsys. He even threatened to stop paying a nurse speaking fees if she didn't help boost sales of the drug, emails show. All the while, Pearlman held a secret: He…

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