In addition to the accomplishments captured in our 2022 Year in Review, we want to highlight noteworthy and popular research blog posts from the past year. They were:
The Origins of the Opioid Epidemic State policies played a surprisingly large role in the opioid epidemic, concluded Abby Alpert and colleagues. States that made doctors file extra prescribing documents with drug enforcers had far fewer overdose deaths and much less drug marketing. Alpert showed how many lives were lost from the opioid makers’ aggressive marketing.
Can Telemedicine be Equitable? Care by phone can be more convenient and accessible for some, but it may not work for very young patients and those without digital access. In a series of studies, LDI researchers found that telemedicine closed some disparities in access, but critical gaps remain.
How a Federal Policy for Pharmacoequity Keeps Falling Short The 340B Program gives drug discounts to safety net hospitals and pharmacies, enabling them to turn around and make more money from insurers. But the program appears to benefit wealthy hospitals and pharmacies in high-income areas, and should be reformed, researchers found.