Designer drug “Pink” temporarily banned across America

With at least 46 confirmed deaths across several American states, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has temporarily banned the synthetic drug “Pink”. Known as U-47700 in the medical community, the drug was legal in most of the U.S. states, including Arizona. With the ban on Pink, the drug will now be categorized under Schedule I..

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Prescription drugs and psychosomatic illness

In March 2015, by all appearances, pilot Andrea Lubitz deliberately slammed Germanwings flight 479525 into the French Alps killing all 150 passengers and crew. Following the crash, the German police searched Lubitz’s home. According to local newspaper Die Welt, authorities found clear evidence that Lubitz suffered from a psychosomatic illness. The investigators discovered multiple prescriptions..

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Big PhRMA and physician prescribing habits

In 2002, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America—PhRMA—issued its Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals. The voluntary Code serves as a guide for pharmaceutical representatives on what is appropriate and what is inappropriate when they wine and dine physicians in the hopes the latter will prescribe the latest company drug. According to the code,..

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