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How Moldy Hay And Sick Cows Led To A Lifesaving Drug

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Judge Lewis Gregory, head of the city court in Greenwood, Ind., began allowing drug court participants to begin taking Vivitrol after meeting with an Alkermes sales representative. Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media hide caption

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To Grow Market Share, A Drugmaker Pitches Its Product To Judges

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Vicki Reid, right, holds a likeness of John Martin, who was then CEO of the pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences. Reid and others were protesting high drug prices in front of the conference on retroviruses and opportunistic infections — a meeting held at the World Congress Center in Atlanta in March 2013. John Amis/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation hide caption

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As Cost Of U.S. Health Care Skyrockets, So Does Pay Of Health Care CEOs

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The anti-inflammatory drug Bextra was taken off the market because it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. Tannen Maury/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Postpartum hemorrhage is the leading cause of maternal deaths around the world. Thomas Fredberg/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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Overlooked Drug Could Save Thousands Of Moms After Childbirth

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An organization campaigning against foreign drug imports has deep connections to the lobbying group PhRMA, which includes Eli Lilly, Pfizer and Bayer. Bill Diodato/Getty Images hide caption

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Using surrogate endpoints can speed up testing of new drugs, but doesn't always find out if they actually help patients. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is looking into how the Orphan Drug Act may be affecting a wide range of drug prices. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Secretary of Health and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., (right) and Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., get settled before the start of Price's confirmation hearing Wednesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. hide caption

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Luke Whitbeck, 2, sits on his mother's lap while the nurse prepares his treatment at a pediatric infusion center in Hawthorne, N.Y., in October 2016. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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High Prices For Orphan Drugs Strain Families And Insurers

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