Author: Joseph Choi

Missouri puts marijuana legalization on November ballot

Missouri voters will decide whether to legalize the use of recreational marijuana this November, Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft (R) announced on Tuesday. The petition asks voters if they wish to amend the Missouri Constitution to remove bans on possessing, consuming, delivering, manufacturing and selling marijuana for personal use by adults over the age…

GOP physicians in Congress: Drug price control in reconciliation bill will impact patient care

A group of Republican physicians in Congress are voicing their “strong opposition” to the prescription drug pricing control policies that were included in Democrats’ massive reconciliation package that cleared the Senate over the weekend. “We write to express our strong opposition to the government drug price control policies in your reconciliation package,” the lawmakers wrote…

‘Paxlovid rebound’ raises questions over how long antiviral COVID treatment should last

President Biden testing positive for COVID-19 again days after completing a course of Paxlovid has raised the question of whether the length of the antiviral treatment should be reconsidered. Just days after he completed a five-day round of Pfizer’s COVID-19 antiviral treatment, Biden’s physician Kevin O’Connor said in a letter on Saturday that the president…

Senate Democrats unveil legislation to protect abortion providers

A group of Senate Democrats on Tuesday introduced legislation that would protect physicians who provide abortion services in states where they are still legal from what one of the lawmakers referred to as “non-stop attacks from Republicans.” Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Ben Ray Luján (N.M.), Alex Padilla (Calif.) and Jacky Rosen (Nev.) said in…

House Democrats ask for review of US monkeypox response

A trio of House Democrats on Monday requested that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) review the “adequacy of the Federal response to the monkeypox outbreak.” In a letter addressed to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro, Democratic Reps. Bennie Thompson (Miss.), Richie Torres (N.Y.) and Val Demings (Fla.) asked that the government watchdog agency conduct a…

Illinois Gov. declares state of emergency over monkeypox

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) on Monday declared a state of emergency over monkeypox in order to “expand the resources” needed to combat the current outbreak. “The Monkeypox Virus is a rare, but potentially serious disease that requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent the spread,” Pritzker said in a…

Indiana OB/GYN who provided abortion services to 10-year-old says AG’s probes ‘riddled with inaccuracies’

Lawyers representing Caitlin Bernard, the Indiana OB/GYN who garnered national attention after providing abortion services to a 10-year-old Ohio girl who was raped, decried the “consumer complaint” investigations Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita (R) has initiated against her. The law office representing Bernard, DeLaney & DeLaney, released a statement on Thursday saying Rokita had forwarded…