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National Minority Health Month: Bridging the Divide in Health Equity

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[[wysiwyg_imageupload:200:]]In April 1915, Dr. Booker T. Washington sent a call to action, via prominent African American newspapers, calling on local health departments, schools, churches, businesses, professional associations, and the most influential organizations in the African American community to "pull together" and "unite… in one great National Health Movement” to be called "National Negro Health Week." Washington thought health was critical to progress and equity in all other things, stating, "Without health and long life, all else fails." Today, his vision has transformed into National Minority Health Month, celebrated every April.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Minority Health and the National Minority Quality Forum partner in April to distribute materials and organize events and activities throughout the U.S.

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Pharma’s New Cliffhanger: Protecting Corporate Reputation in the Face of a Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic


For the pharmaceutical industry, most have [[wysiwyg_imageupload:132:height=126,width=191]]
focused on the crisis of the patent cliffhanger: the loss of more than $30 billion in revenue due to patent expiration of prescription drugs once dubbed “blockbusters.”

However, a greater crisis awaits - one that impacts not only a company’s bottom-line, but also a pharmaceutical company’s greatest asset: its corporate reputation. Companies must brace themselves to handle the industry’s role in combating the prescription drug abuse epidemic.

While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drug overdoses are an exception. And, opioids seem to bear the brunt of the blame. A 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that most drug-related deaths were not the result of illicit drugs, such as heroin or cocaine, but instead were the result of prescription pain medicines, mainly opioids.  Inappropriate use of opioids caused nearly 342,000 emergency department visits in 2009, according to government figures. The drugs were blamed for 16,000 deaths that year, up from 14,800 in 2008. Read full post »