The pharmaceutical giant behind the blockbuster pain pill that triggered Canada’s deadly opioid crisis has agreed to pay $20-million to settle a long-standing class-action lawsuit. Purdue has generated $31-billion (U.S.) in revenue from the drug.
(20 000 000/ 31 000 000 000)*100 = 0.064%
The company was fined 0.064% of its profits.
Our very own, Dr. Michael Rachlis, was on CBC’s The Current this week discussing the access to family physicians across the country. “It’s not necessarily the numbers of doctors, it’s how we’re using them.”
A five-year UK study of 250,000 commuters has suggested that cycling to work might half the risk of cancer and heart disease.
4) Pharmacare in Canada is getting some attention
5) U.S. House of Representatives passes bill to repeal Obamacare
U.S. Republicans have successfully pushed their prized health-care bill through the House of Representatives. “The proposal repeals rules that obliged medium and large companies to provide health insurance to their employees; turns back the expansion of Medicaid, a government-funded program that provides health care to low-income people; and scraps income-tested subsidies for people to buy health insurance, replacing them with age-tested tax credits.”
Opposition has been widespread, including comments from late-night television. Earlier this week, Jimmy Kimmel shared a story about his newborn’s heart surgery, and in doing so, praised Obamacare.
This Toronto anesthesiologist has been driving around with a ‘FENTANYL’ vanity licence plate for 20 years.
And in other news:
Merriam-Webster explains the serial comma. I have very strong thoughts on this issue.
In celebration of May 4th, Sesame Street teaches us about self-control.