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Health nominee reaped big earnings from drug industry tenure

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:57:53 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump's nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive. As a top drug industry veteran from 2007 to 2017, former Eli Lilly and Co. executive Alex Azar built a substantial financial portfolio now worth $9.5 million to $20.6 million, and he was paid nearly $2 million in his final year at the company. Azar was a former general counsel and deputy secretary at HHS during President George W. Bush's administration. If confirmed, he would replace Tom Price, who resigned under pressure after using private charter flights at taxpayer expense.

Opioid crisis cost $504B in 2015, higher than once thought

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:02:48 UT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that the opioid epidemic is "ravaging so many American families and communities." It also appears to be more expensive than previously thought, according to a government analysis released Monday. The White House Council of Economic Advisers pegs the true cost of the crisis in 2015 at $504 billion. The figure is more than six times the most recent estimate. The council said a 2016 private study estimated that prescription opioid overdose, misuse and dependence in the U.S. cost $78.5 billion in 2013. Most of that was attributed to health care and criminal justice spending, along with lost productivity.

The Latest: Paris picked as future home of EU banking agency

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:50:17 UT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on the competition between EU countries to host agencies that must be relocated because of Brexit: (all times local): 7:35 p.m. Paris has been picked to succeed London as host city of the European Banking Authority once Britain leaves the European Union. Paris beat out Dublin in the final round of voting Monday among the 28 EU nations minus Britain. Frankfurt, in a surprise, failed to be selected as one of the two finalists. The European Banking Authority monitors the regulation and supervision of Europe's banking sector. It has a staff of about 180. Earlier Monday, EU members tapped Amsterdam as the future home the European Medicines Agency.

Amsterdam has been picked to host the European Medicines Agency after Britain leaves European Union.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:18:13 UT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Amsterdam has been picked to host the European Medicines Agency after Britain leaves European Union. .

Bill to make medical marijuana available in Malta proposed

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:58:22 UT

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Malta's government has proposed allowing all doctors in the country to prescribe medical marijuana. The government published draft legislation on Monday that would loosen an existing regulation with so many restrictions that not a single Maltese had ever been treated legally with marijuana or a cannabis based product. The new law would allow any general practitioner to prescribe medical marijuana, while the current version allows only prescriptions from medical specialists. The legislation requires approval from the Malta Parliament to become law. Passage is expected in the coming weeks.

Opioids haunt users' recovery: 'It never really leaves you'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:46:19 UT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's hard to say whether businessman Kyle Graves hit rock bottom when he shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit or when he broke into a safe to steal his father's cancer pain medicine. For straight-talking ex-trucker Jeff McCoy, it was when he grabbed a gun and threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didn't hand over his fentanyl patches. For newly minted lawyer Bianca Knight, it happened after hitting the street to find pills when her opioid prescription ran out, as she envisioned her career dreams crumbling.

Trans teen's war with his body started when he was just 10

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:57:32 UT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Theo Ramos learned how to cut himself when he was in fifth grade, when his body seemed to revolt. Exploring online was easy, with hashtags like #scars, #hurt and #brokeninside. Nothing made sense back then, but Theo absorbed what he saw on websites like a religion. All he could focus on was how the exterior he was born with — that of a girl — didn't look or feel right. That was six years ago, when he had another name and a different gender. Back then, Theo felt that his body was rebelling in disturbing ways. He developed breasts and got his period. He felt like a boy, but every month, the cramps reminded him of reality. He became a child at war with his body.