Pharma

The new way prosecutors are using an old act
And how it's affecting drug CEOs

At a Families of Addicts meeting, fentanyl test strips are made available for purchase to detect the presence of fentanyl in street purchased drugs in Dayton, Ohio. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

As the effects of the opioid crisis are felt across the country, federal prosecutors are taking action and prosecuting CEOs of pharmaceutical companies. The Controlled Substance Act is one of their most novel weapons. 

As Biden Mulls Next Move, Fighting Cancer Looms Large

Biden participates in a discussion at George Washington University on Oct. 20. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. is pledging to remain engaged in his “moonshot” effort to cure cancer after he leaves office -- but insiders say it’s too early to say whether he will focus exclusively on the disease.  

Biden took his high-profile initiative on the road last week, telling an audience of oncologists, public health officials, nurses and patient groups at Duke University that fighting cancer will be a “major component of what I do for the rest of my life.”  

Amid Testimonials, Biden Tamps Down 'Moonshot' Expectations

   

DURHAM, N.C. -- Phyllis Coley spoke softly as she talked about a good friend who died of cancer in January. But her voice grew louder and more forceful when she acknowledged worries that Washington politics could derail Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s quest for a cure.