The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long that some of the pills predated the 1969 moon landing. Most were 30 to 40 years past their expiration dates — possibly toxic, probably worthless. But to Lee Cantrell,...
What Hospitals Waste

What Hospitals Waste

The nation’s health care tab is sky-high. We’re tracking down the reasons. First stop: A look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away. Read more on ProPublica. ProPublicaWe’re a nonprofit, independent newsroom that produces investigative journalism...
The overlooked dangers of Coumadin

The overlooked dangers of Coumadin

Popular Blood Thinner Causing Deaths, Injuries at Nursing Homes When Loren Peters arrived in the emergency room in October 2013, bruises covered his frail body, and blood oozed from his gums. The 85-year-old had not been in a fight or fallen down. Instead, he had been...
Obamacare, five years in

Obamacare, five years in

Muckreads Edition The Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010 and we’re now in the second year since health insurance exchanges got up and running. So, how’s the law doing? That’s a complicated question. With the help of senior reporter Charles...