• RX for Change: Death Panel? That Would Be You!
    In 2016, California initiated the End of Life Option Act (EOLOA), becoming the 5th state to legalize medical aid in dying.1 (Colorado became the 6th later that year). California, with its 40 million citizens, may be the tipping point that catalyzes many more states to legalize this choice. The EOLOA allows a mentally capable, terminally ill Californian ...
  • RX for Change: Jane’s History Resonates
    When I decided to write The Story of Jane, a history of Chicago’s underground, feminist abortion service that operated before Roe v. Wade, I had a few goals in mind: first, the Abortion Counseling service, aka Jane, was an important piece of the women’s movement’s history that needed to be better known. I also thought ...
  • Rx For Change: Obfuscating Opioid Risks
    September 21, 2017 By Adriane Fugh-Berman and Charlea Massion Back when we were in training, more than 30 years ago, opioids were considered dangerous drugs that could cause addiction and life-threatening respiratory depression. Medical students were taught that opioids were very useful for end-of-life pain (especially for cancer, which can cause excruciating pain) and that they were ...
  • RX for Change: The Real Cost of EpiPen Shots? Peanuts!
    The EpiPen is an automatic injection device (an “autoinjector”) for administering epinephrine, which can be life-saving for someone who is going into anaphylactic shock as a result of a severe allergic reaction. EpiPens have been available since 1980, but after Mylan Pharmaceuticals acquired the EpiPen from Merck, in 2007, it increased the price of two ...