1. Doctors Denounce Cancer Drug Prices of $100,000 a Year (NY Times)
"Prices for cancer drugs have been part of the debate over health care costs for several years — and recently led to a public protest from doctors at a major cancer center in New York. But the decision by so many specialists, from more than 15 countries on five continents, to join the effort is a sign that doctors, who are on the front lines of caring for patients, are now taking a more active role in resisting high prices. In this case, some of the specialists even include researchers with close ties to the pharmaceutical industry."
"A UK-based pharmaceutical company has stopped selling a drug to Arkansas because the US state planned to use it to execute prisoners on death row... Phenobarbital is used to treat epileptic seizures. But lawyers for six prisoners on death row in Arkansas say it is untested for use in execution and risks leaving permanent injuries or causing a lingering and inhumane death, said the BBC's Caroline Hawley."
3. One for my friends in TN. One Acre Cafe makes progress (Johnson City Press)
"Work to open the nonprofit One Acre Cafe is off and running. Since signing a five-year lease on the former Desert Rose Mexican restaurant building, at 603 W. Walnut St., in early April, the cafe’s board of directors have met twice and approved plans for the building’s renovation and interior design."