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How do the Presidential frontrunners plan to combat the opioid crisis?

Published on 12/02/20 at 12:58pm

The widespread addiction to extremely potent, legal painkillers has decimated the lives of millions across the United States. Overdoses from opioids have surpassed car crashes and gun violence as the leading cause of death in Americans under the age of 55. The epidemic has killed nearly 400,000 people since 2000 – more people than HIV at the peak of that disease – while its economic cost has been placed between $50 billion and $1 trillion.

New formulary ‘bank’ to aid research into combination therapies

Joe Biden is a leading figure behind Cancer Moonshot 2020.

As part of the wider ‘cancer moonshot’ initiative, confirmed by the signing of the 21st Century Cures Act by Obama, an agreement has been reached between National Cancer Institute and six drug companies. The agreement sees the setting up of a new drug formulary, named the NCI Formulary, to act as an intermediary between researchers and the drug companies. The NCI Formulary will hold fifteen targeted agents that it will be able to make available to researchers.

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