Sunday, February 25, 2018

Reality Check: FDA's Disinformation Campaign on Kratom

The opioid crisis is killing tens of thousands of Americans each year. 

So why would the FDA crack down on a substance that may be helping millions of addicts get off drugs like heroin and Oxycontin?

Reality Check: FDA's Disinformation Campaign on Kratom

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 25th, 2018.]


WATCH President Donald Trump's Commission Team on Combating Drug Addiction and Opioid Crisis 6/17/17:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Trump prepares to NUKE Big Pharma’s high drug prices

Monday, February 12, 2018 by 

The Trump administration is preparing to do something that no administration in the modern era has ever attempted must less expressed an interest in doing: Taking on Big Pharma and its schemes to maximize profits at the expense of patients.
If you recall, one of the big, fat lies Barack Obama and his sycophantic Democratic allies in Congress told in order to dupe Americans into backing their “healthcare reform” plan was that the wrongly-named “Affordable” Care Act would reduce drug prices.
Sort of. Well, not really. Obama talked around the issue a lot when he was pressed (as you can see in this interview from 2011) but when it came right down to it, the “reform” law contained no provisions for dealing with rising drug prices. Which is why they continued to rise during his administration.
Now, President Donald J. Trump wants to take on Big Pharma in no uncertain terms.
In his State of the Union Address last month, Trump sent a signal that one of his administration’s most pressing priorities in the coming months and years is working to get the price of drugs down.
“One of my greatest priorities is to reduce the price of prescription drugs. In many other countries, these drugs cost far less than what we pay in the United States. That is why I have directed my administration to make fixing the injustice of high drug prices one of our top priorities. Prices will come down,” the president said.
That plan is being put into action. Newly-confirmed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, along with White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney met with a small group of reporters last week to provide them with a preview into the administration’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget which provides some details into how the president intends to bring prices down and make good on his promise (something he’s good at).
Azar noted that the administration seeks to accomplish the president’s objective by framing the issue with two principal questions: “How can we try to start flipping some of those incentives in the system geared towards higher prices? How do we find pockets of our programs where we maybe don’t negotiate enough or have people negotiating on our behalf to get as good of a deal?”
Trump officials are looking at policy shifts and changes in a number of federal agencies including the Food and Drug Administration, as well as current federal law and policies dealing with Medicaid, drug reimbursement, and other measures. (Related: Trump’s attack on Big Pharma’s cartel profiteering lost the drug industry about $25 billion in 20 minutes.)
As reported by The Western Journal, changes to Medicaid are key:
The administration is planning on asking Congress to clarify the definition of generic, over-the-counter drugs in an effort to avoid misclassifications that lead to exorbitant waste and provide potential loopholes for manufacturers to game the system.
Azar said the goal of asking Congress to specifically clarify drugs is to ensure that “generic and branded drugs are paying properly on the Medicaid rebate program.”
In a recent investigation, the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General discovered that drug makers misclassified perhaps as much as three percent of the drugs that qualified for Medicaid’s rebate program in 2016. Those miscalculations alone cost taxpayers a hefty $1 billion from 2012-2016.
The White House will also pursue legislation to give HHS the authority to permit a small number of states to see if they can manage to negotiate better prices with Big Pharma than the federal government currently gets under current Medicaid negotiation regulations.
“If they would like to take a shot at managing their formulary and negotiating better deals than we can get, we would like to do a pilot where up to five states could do that,” said Azar.
Trump will propose additional changes — to Medicaid and Medicare, the two largest government healthcare expenditures — and federal agencies like the FDA in order to get prices down.
Read more of J.D. Heyes’ work at The National Sentinel.
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Sunday, February 11, 2018

The Truth About Soy Boys

Editor's Note: You can avoid meat and being a soy boy at the same time. You Don't Need Meat to Be Big and Strong:

The Truth About Soy Boys

Sunday, February 4, 2018

NIH study links cell phone radiation to cancer in male rats - Breaking News - Cell phone radiation linked to cancer in rats

NIH study links cell phone radiation to cancer in male rats - Breaking News - Cell phone radiation linked to cancer in rats


FLASHBACK from 2016 - Cell Phone, Cancer Link? | New Study Raises Possible Concerns


The operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has released the results of its latest probe of the site.

A remote-controlled inspection of the Unit 2 reactor containment vessel last month detected a maximum of 8 sieverts per hour of radiation.

Experts say exposure to such radiation for about an hour would be fatal.

Officials from Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, released the results on Thursday.

They said the radiation reading was taken near what appeared to be fuel debris, the term used to describe a mixture of molten fuel and broken interior parts.

The finding shows that nearly 7 years after the meltdowns, radiation levels remain so high that they present a major challenge to decommissioning work.

The bottom line is radioactive particles are being emitted from the site. A containment dome should have been constructed immediately following the three reactor meltdowns. That nothing was done is absolutely criminal. The impact on the environment is yet to be fully realised. Certainly large sections of the Pacific Ocean will have suffered some effects of the radioactive fallout.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 3rd, 2018.]

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Joe Rogan & Steven Crowder on Gender Identity

Joe Rogan & Steven Crowder on Gender Identity


LGBT activists slam ‘the most important psychiatrist of the last half-century’ because he debunks transgender ideology:

Don’t treat all cases of gender dysphoria the same way:

Thursday, February 1, 2018