Fixing A National Crisis

Grind for April 28th, 2019
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– Henry Kissinger

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The Headline

As opioid overdose problems persist, FDA gives one company the go-ahead to market a generic naloxone nasal spray

The Grind

With FDA approval secured, the Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva will soon begin marketing its generic naloxone nasal spray.

Naloxone is an emergency treatment used to stop an opioid overdose.

In response to the nationwide opioid epidemic, the FDA has been forced to make naloxone available to individuals without medical training.

While the agency has approved a brand name nasal spray and auto-injector, Teva’s product will be the first generic form of naloxone available without a prescription.

The Details

Alongside the announcement about Teva, FDA officials confirmed they were examining other generic treatments for opioid overdose.

“In the wake of the opioid crisis, a number of efforts are underway to make this emergency overdose reversal treatment more readily available and more accessible,” said FDA official Dr. Douglas Throckmorton. “In addition to this approval of the first generic naloxone nasal spray, moving forward we will prioritize our review of generic drug applications for naloxone.”

According to estimates by the CDC, nearly 400,000 people have died from opioid overdose between 1999 and 2017.


The Headline

Trump speaks with insurgency leader General Haftar in Libya

The Grind

President Trump last Monday spoke with General Khalifa Haftar, acknowledging his efforts to eradicate terrorism and to secure Libya’s oil reserves.

The phone call suggests Trump supports Haftar, who leads the Libyan National Army in its fight against the UN-backed Government of National Accord.

Earlier this month, Haftar launched an attack on Tripoli that forced UN officials to postpone peace talks scheduled for April 14th. The fighting has resulted in at least 200 deaths.

The Details

The assault on Tripoli has continued despite pleas from the UN for a humanitarian truce, and rights groups throughout the world have expressed concerns about the thousands of refugees and migrants living in detention centers in Tripoli.

The conflict began in 2011, when NATO helped overthrow then-leader Muammar Gaddafi. The event resulted in the formation of rival governments, both believing they should rule the country.

According to UN estimates, the war has displaced at least 3,400 people.

“The people of Libya have long been caught between numerous warring parties, with some of the most vulnerable suffering some of the gravest violations of their human rights,” says UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet. “I appeal to all sides to come together to avoid further senseless violence and bloodshed.”
While the US has joined the international call for a ceasefire, it opposes resolutions which blame Haftar for the violence.

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