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A new drug war

Medicine | U.S. turns to Canada for cheaper drugs, but does Canada have enough to share?
by Hannah Harris
Posted 8/15/19, 03:55 pm

When pharmacist Heather Christ arrived for her afternoon shift at Shoppers Drug Mart in New Brunswick, Canada, she noticed a tower of empty pharmacy trays stacked nearly 2 feet high. The reason, Christ said: shortages. Patients with high blood pressure request a 90-day supply of medicine, but the pharmacist may only give them enough for 10 days. A mom comes to pick up an anti-convulsant for her epileptic child, only to find the drug isn’t available.

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Onize Ohikere

A day in a polio campaign

Health | Nigeria is nearly polio-free thanks to oral vaccinations, but some parents remain resistant
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/15/19, 03:48 pm

At 7:00 on a Saturday morning in July, dozens of volunteers gathered at the primary health center in the town of Karu. It marked the start of a four-day polio campaign on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Supervisors for different groups received last-minute reminders on how to verify their team’s work. Team members collected kits for the day that included identity tags, green overalls, and oral polio vaccines.

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‘Lives are being saved’

Health | Opioid deaths decline for first time in 30 years
by Julie Borg
Posted 8/01/19, 09:14 pm

President Donald Trump highlighted the opioid crisis during his 2016 campaign. Now, for the first time in three decades, deaths from overdose of opioid painkillers in the United States have dropped by nearly 5 percent, according to government estimates for 2018.

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