The Callie Crossley Show

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Thurs., 3/1/12
War on Prescription Drugs

War on Prescription Drugs

credit Food and Drug AdministrationWe look at the prescription drug shortage that lawmakers and patients are characterizing as a full blown crisis. There are close to 250 drugs that are in short supply, according to the FDA. These include drugs that are used to treat ovarian cancer, childhood leukemia, and AIDS-related skin cancer. The shortages mean a growing number of Americans aren't getting the medications they need. In extreme cases, some patients have died. The shortages have created an underground economy, opening a door for so-called "gray market" companies that exploit these shortages by buying up drugs, stockpiling them, and selling them to hospitals at massive markups.

We'll look at the forces that are causing this shortage, and we'll explore how this has been playing out in Massachusetts, home to some of the world's leading hospitals. Are you a medical professional, or a patient who has been affected by these shortages? Are you on a medication that could be in short supply? Leave a comment on our website (below), or on our Facebook page

GUESTS
  William Churchill, executive director of pharmacy at Brigham and Women's
Hospital
  Jeffrey Sánchez, Massachusetts State Representative, chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health
  Betsy Garson Neisner, patient advocate and executive director of Cancer Connection, a community cancer support center in Northampton, Mass.
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Thursday, July 5, 2012       Listen 897
*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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