Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

For Health Workers Struggling With Addiction, Why Are Treatment Options Limited?

Friday, September 06, 2019

Doctors and nurses are often barred from turning to FDA-approved medications that research shows to be the most effective way to quit. Critics of that policy say stigma is undermining best practice


Treatment Limitations For Physicians With Opioid Addictions

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and that includes doctors and nurses. But unlike the general population, they are often barred from medications like methadone, the gold standard of treatment.


A Look At The Costs From The Opioid Epidemic

Friday, August 30, 2019

A massive suit against the opioid industry could cost them more than $10 billion. But, is that enough money to cover the costs of overdose deaths, treatment programs and more?


Federal Agency Accuses Vermont Hospital Of Forcing A Nurse To Assist In An Abortion

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Trump administration's Office for Civil Rights put a hospital in Vermont on notice that it violated federal rules by forcing a nurse to help with an abortion. The hospital denies the charge.


Oklahoma Wanted $17 Billion To Fight Its Opioid Crisis: What's The Real Cost?

Monday, August 26, 2019

The $572 million judgment against Johnson & Johnson will cover one year of addiction treatment and prevention the judge says. But health economists predict it will take decades to abate the problem.


What Do Greenlanders Think Of Trump's Interest In Buying Greenland?

Friday, August 23, 2019

The majority are Inuit. They laugh about his interest but also take it seriously. One says such talk is "extremely imperialistic and should not be something that we hear world leaders say in 2019."


U.S. Overdose Deaths Dipped In 2018, But Some States Saw 'Devastating' Increases

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Provisional overdose data for 2018 show a note of hope in an overall bleak picture. But in some states, the numbers actually got worse. What explains the disparities?


Car Shopping, Handbags And Wealthy Uncles: The Quest To Explain High Drug Prices

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trump administration officials say drugs' list prices are like cars' sticker prices — easily negotiated. But in the life and death world of medicine, say price watchers, that analogy falls apart.


As Its Drug Pricing Plans Fall Through, Trump Administration Turns To Congress To Act

Thursday, July 11, 2019

It was a tough week for the agency in charge of implementing Trump's ambitious plans to reduce drug costs. The administration rolled back one plan and had another shot down in court.


Trump Administration Announces Plans To Shake Up The Kidney Care Industry

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

President Trump has signed an executive order pushing for sweeping changes in the way kidney disease is treated.


The Affordable Care Act Is On Trial Again — This Time In Louisiana

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Oral arguments wrapped up Tuesday in New Orleans in a closely-watched lawsuit that could eventually decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act.


Texas To Ask Federal Appeals Court To Pull The Plug On Obamacare

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

The Affordable Care Act goes on trial Tuesday in New Orleans. The appeals case — Texas versus United States — is yet another lawsuit that seeks to have President Obama's signature law overturned.


Courts Order Delay Of Trump Administration's Health Care 'Conscience Rights' Rule

Monday, July 01, 2019

The rule was intended to protect health care workers who refuse to assist in procedures like abortion because of religious or moral beliefs. Plaintiffs argue the rule could put patient safety at risk.


Louisiana's Novel 'Subscription' Model For Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs Gains Approval

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Certain high-cost drugs are straining state budgets. A new deal approved Wednesday allows Louisiana to spend a fixed amount for unlimited access to a costly cure. Other states may try to follow suit.


When Hospitals Sue For Unpaid Bills, It Can Be 'Ruinous' For Patients

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

When patients can't afford to pay their medical bills, many hospitals offer a payment plan — or free or discounted care. But some try to collect by suing patients and garnishing their wages.


Trump Administration Pushes To Make Health Care Pricing More Transparent

Monday, June 24, 2019

President Trump is issuing an executive order intended to force hospitals to disclose prices. A lot of work remains to turn this order into a regulation, and the industry is resisting the move.


Florida Wants To Import Medicine From Canada. But How Would That Work?

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A new law would let the state make bulk purchases of prescription drugs from Canada. But it still faces hurdles that could keep it from becoming reality.


Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Having to come up with $1,000 unexpectedly can be a challenge for anyone. NPR's recent poll on rural health found that's especially true for one group: people with disabilities.


'Patients Will Die': One County's Challenge To Trump's 'Conscience Rights' Rule

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

California's Santa Clara County argues that if the rule goes into effect in July, the county will suffer irreparable harm in terms of patient care and staffing costs.


AIDS Activists Take Aim At Gilead To Lower Price Of HIV Drug PrEP

Thursday, May 30, 2019

In the 1980s, ACT UP demanded action from the U.S. government and got results with drama. AIDS activists today have fresh tactics for their new goal: a more affordable HIV prevention pill.