Украина, как и многие другие государства бывшего СССР, — страна, на которую США стремится оказывать и оказывает влияние. Америка действует методом пряника: она и энергетику на Украине налаживает, и электронное правительство помогает создавать. Как говорится, самое главное — это здоровье, и, конечно, США занялись здоровьем украинцев. Агентство США по международному развитию USAID разместило уведомление о конкурсе на поиск подрядчика, который поможет реформировать фармацевтическую систему Украины. Цель — "безопасные, доступные и эффективные лекарства для украинцев". С победителем конкурса американское агентство планирует заключить контракт на общую сумму $10–15 млн. Ориентировочный период исполнения — 2017–2022 годы. Как сказано в уведомлении, сферы деятельности, где нужно навести порядок, это "укрепление управления фармацевтическим сектором", "оптимизация финансирования фармацевтического сектора", увеличение доступности медикаментов. Но это ещё не всё. 29 декабря Исполнительный офис президента США заключил контракт с американской компанией McKesson Corporation (крупный дистрибьютор лекарств и оператор сети аптек) на поставку лекарств для Украины на сумму $16 тысяч (конкретные названия не уточняются). Всего Исполнительный офис президента США заключил с McKesson Corporation 7 похожих контрактов. Общая сумма — $95 тысяч. Логично на таком фоне выглядит новость о том, что Украина упростила регистрацию иностранных лекарств (препараты из США и ЕС могут быть зарегистрированы за 17 дней). По словам главы миссии USAID (агентство США по международному развитию) на Украине Сюзан Косински Фриц, Америка вложила в развитие украинского здравоохранения уже более $300 млн. На что пошли эти деньги? К примеру, судя по информации с американских госзакупок, в феврале 2016 года $120 тысяч было выделено организации All-Ukranian network of people living with HIV / AIDS ("Всеукраинское объединение людей, живущих с ВИЧ/СПИД"). В описании гранта сказано, что на эти деньги должны проводиться тренинги для социальных работников. Среди задач — повысить знания по вопросам, связанным с ВИЧ, улучшить взаимодействие с органами власти по поводу проходящих реформ здравоохранения. Как сказано на сайте организации, недавно она "подала иск, направленный на расширение доступа пациентов к важному препарату для лечения ВИЧ — "Тенофовира алафенамид фумарат". Не исключено, что бороться помогают тренинги на американские деньги. И всё же тяжелобольным украинцам родственники или волонтёры очень часто сейчас привозят лекарства из России. Благотворительный фонд "Таблеточки", который защищает интересы детей с онкологическими заболеваниями на Украине, ещё летом начал искать "постоянных волонтёров в Москве". "Друзья, к сожалению, на Украине нет всех необходимых для лечения наших подопечных детей лекарств, — сказано на странице фонда в сети Facebook. — Мы часто привозим нужные препараты из других стран, в том числе из России". Директор благотворительного фонда "Пациенты Украины" Ольга Стефанишина также говорила о том, что людям приходится везти лекарства в том числе из России. По её словам, "очень многие пациенты... закупают сейчас, особенно с тяжёлыми заболеваниями, лекарства, которые производятся за границей, они их экспортируют в сумках, в чемоданах, из Польши, даже из России, потому что на Украине этих лекарств и аналогов нет". — Взамен на свои вложения американцы планируют получить от страны буфер между Россией и Европой, — говорит обозреватель журнала "Международная жизнь", преподаватель МГИМО Сергей Филатов. То есть, когда Россия и Европа будут о чём-то договариваться, Украина будет мешать. Один из последних примеров: Еврокомиссия приняла решение о предоставлении "Газпрому" дополнительных мощностей в трубопроводе OPAL, а Украина выступила резко против (правда, экономические причины тоже понятны). Сергей Филатов назвал USAID "теневой разведорганизацией, которая будет тормозить проекты, выгодные России". При этом Россия, как рассказывал Лайф, будет помогать лекарствами Донбассу. Это делается по согласованию со Всемирной организацией здравоохранения (ВОЗ). Секретариат ВОЗ подготовил "проектное предложение" о том, какую помощь здравоохранению Донбасса могла бы оказать Россия. Об этом говорится в письме МИД, которое 15 ноября было направлено в Минздрав. Согласно проекту, Россия поставит в Донбасс "лекарственные препараты для обеспечения больных диабетом и онкологией, проведения хирургических операций, обеспечения работы медлабораторий, вакцинации детей и пр.". Как говорится в письме МИД, "проект с бюджетом 3,1 млн долларов США рассчитан на 18 месяцев". Ранее политолог Игорь Шатров говорил, что Россия, помогая слабым соседям, будет выглядеть сильной страной, способной эффективно решать серьёзные гуманитарные проблемы. — Как правило, нагрузку по помощи беднейшим странам берут на себя страны-лидеры, большие державы, — сказал политолог. Читайте также: США наращивают воздействие на постсоветское пространство: на очереди Молдова Армения, Киргизия, Таджикистан, Молдавия — следующие цели Госдепа США
A disturbing video was broadcast on Facebook Wednesday showing black Chicago residents beating and teasing a mentally ill white teen. The suspects, two men and two women, have been taken into custody and will likely be punished for their horrific crimes. They also have no official affiliation to the Black Lives Matter movement and Chicago police said on Thursday that they have not made any connection to the racial justice group. But, like clockwork, many right-wing conservatives and BLM critics are unfairly laying blame on the organization and have wrongfully labeled the attack the #BLMKidnapping. You are right. Stand up with me and demand justice in Chicago for the beating of a disabled trump supporter by BLM https://t.co/aP79pKnHA1— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) January 5, 2017 The #BLMKidnapping is a result of the terrorist group #BlackLivesMatter being enabled to act out. Whites need to stand up for themselves.— Hutch (@LawlessPirate) January 5, 2017 White special needs Americans are being kidnapped & tortured. Will Libs scale back their dangerous & hateful rhetoric now? #BLMKidnapping— Amy Mek (@AmyMek) January 5, 2017 The video is haunting and horrific. The suspects, who have not yet been identified, took the victim, who reportedly knew at least one of the suspects, into the city in a stolen van, according to Chicago Police Commander Kevin Duffin. They then yelled “fuck white people, boy” and “fuck Donald Trump” at the teen in between beatings. The video has since been taken down and the victim is currently recovering at a local hospital. It’s not clear if the victim was kidnapped or willingly went with the suspects. It is also not clear if the victim was a supporter of the president-elect. What is clear is that the attack had absolutely nothing to do with the Black Lives Matter movement. “This is hate. And hate doesn’t have a color,” former Chicago police officer Dimitri Roberts said Thursday, according to CNN. “So for folks to talk about this is somehow connected to Black Lives Matter is absolutely the wrong way to look at this. ... And we cannot respond to hate with hate. It’s just going to perpetuate the cycle.” This message was reinforced by the network’s Chicago chapter on Wednesday who declared on Twitter that the attack has “nothing to do with BLM.” The group later published a more extensive statement on Facebook condemning the attack, denouncing violence and demanding a “restorative justice process” so there can be healing and justice in this case. BLM has routinely been used as a scapegoat of racial violence against white people or police. The movement was wrongly labeled at fault for the tragic death of five police officers in Dallas last July as well as during the Virginia shooting in 2015 where a black news reporter fatally shot two white colleagues, neither of which had anything to do with the organization. But that didn’t stop right-wing conservatives from spreading misconceptions of the movement. BLM critics wrongly believe that the organization encourages and endorses violence when the foundation of the movement is one built on love. It seeks equality and justice for black Americans through peaceful demonstrations and other powerful tactics that make clear that violence is in no way tolerated. And, quite frankly, reiterating the message and mission of the BLM movement time and again is daunting, maddening and entirely exhausting. When one black person, or a small group of black people, commits an act of racial hate, the entire Black Lives Matter movement is blamed. Will this ever end? Do black people constantly have to defend that BLM is not a movement that seeks violent retaliation against white America? Will BLM critics constantly seek to tarnish the movement’s name? Sadly, the answer to these is likely yes ― because this is America and racism lives on despite organized attempts to dismantle it. It goes without saying that the actions being branded by the far-right as the "BLM Kidnapping" have nothing to do w/ the movement.— deray mckesson (@deray) January 5, 2017 PSA: stop calling it the BLM kidnapping. Stop doing racists' work for them.— jamilah (@JamilahLemieux) January 5, 2017 The kidnapping was horrific and I hope that man finds justice. It also had nothing to with black activism. But I know how y'all do.— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) January 5, 2017 In the meantime, black social justice leaders and activists are left to defend BLM from damaging misconceptions, dangerous labels and disastrous smear campaigns from critics who fail to see that movement is truly about. In doing so, CNN panelist Angela Rye joined a segment on Thursday to discuss the attack and denounce any connection of the attack to the BLM movement. “These folks are not trying to kill people, they’re trying to protect black lives,” she said. “It’s horrible to put that at the feet of Black Lives Matter.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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If President-elect Trump would like to do something useful to reform healthcare, he could start with workplace wellness, truly the "swamp" of the Affordable Care Act. What follows is a story of how wellness vendors routinely lie about savings and even harm employees. I'm not the only one who has noticed this. Many leading economists and publications (of the left and right) have observed that so-called "pry, poke and prod" workplace wellness programs are scams or shams. That these programs are worthless is not news to anyone except the Business Roundtable and the US Chamber of Commerce, which use their bountiful resources to purchase Congressional support, and even self-promoting Senate Committee hearings. Their agenda, of course, is to allow employers to collect fines from employees who don't (for example) lose weight. Those fines can then flow directly to the employer's bottom line. By way of background, "Pry, poke, and prod" programs differ from, for example, Ariana Huffington's wellness program, in that non-participants face a financial consequences, like a four-figure fine or foregone incentive, for refusing to submit. These programs pry into your lives by making you disclose your diets, drinking and drug use habits, poke you with needles at an oxymoronic "health fair" and prod you to get annual checkups you don't need and may harm you. Worthless? Of course. As a whole, wellness programs have not reduced heart attacks or related events, and improve risk factors only trivially. In 2015's award-winning program, done by a group of vendors led by United Health Care for McKesson, all this intrusiveness was wasted: the company's employees were almost every bit as unhealthy after the program as before it, according to the company's own data. One of McKesson's cabal of vendors, an outfit called Vitality, admitted they couldn't even get their own employees to lose weight. Crossing a Bright Red Line Ineffectiveness is one thing. Actually allowing a vendor to harm your employees is something else altogether, and that's exactly what the Boise School District did. Apparently lacking an internet connection, Boise chose Wellsteps to do wellness to its employees, without realizing that Wellsteps is a vendor known both for fabricating savings and for fat-shaming. Wellsteps' exact words re the latter? "It's fun to get fat. It's fun to be lazy." They published a report showing a dramatic increase in risk factors (cholesterol, weight, blood pressure) for Boise's employees over the period when they were retained. Along with those objective risk increases, employees reported feeling worse too. Wellsteps and Boise Face the Consequences Of course, Wellsteps blatantly suppressed their own data showing cost increases and lied about their savings, but -- along with being worthless -- lying and cheating are part of the wellness industry's DNA. The way I prove that isn't just by quoting their own words against them (backed up with screenshots) but by simply offering a $1-million reward (plus a $1-million contribution to the Boise School District, for a total of $2-million) if they can simply show they aren't lying. Let's just say I'm not expecting to mortgage the house anytime soon. I've been offering a similar reward for a year, with no takers. The $100,000 entry fee is a dissuader, though they would recoup that times ten if they aren't lying. Fortunately, there is an industry watchdog group to complain to. And while this group is perfectly fine with lying (indeed, it is one of their core competencies), the harming-employees thing was too much for them to stomach. Consequently, Wellsteps faced a strong rebuke from the authorities in the wellness industry. Not. Quite the contrary, last month this program won something called the C. Everett Koop Award. You might think, it must be OK, then. After all, Dr. Koop was a renowned Surgeon General. And he was...but that was before he left office and starting basically auctioning off his naming rights, and his soul. Most famously, he received a large sum from the latex glove industry to testify before Congress that latex gloves were great, without disclosing his conflict of interest. Likewise, he licensed his name to a group of wellness industry promoters, led now by Johns Hopkins School of Public Health employee Ron Goetzel, to give these awards to their friends and clients. For instance, the aforementioned McKesson was a client of Mr. Goetzel's other company, while Wellsteps' CEO was also on the awards committee, until he recently stepped down due to the obvious Nero-type optics of voting yourself an award, so he let his friends do it instead. Needless to say, when Johns Hopkins found out their employee was using their good name to reward a company that made employees sicker, they were outraged. Not. Actually, I contacted the ethics office (Jon Vernick), the dean (Michael Klag) and the public relations person. They voiced no objections to Mr. Goetzel's conduct. And how hard is it to answer softball questions like: "Do you think this sets a good example for your students?" Or: "Should a wellness program in which employee health deteriorates win an award for health improvement?" They refused to answer. Mr. Goetzel and the rest of the committee knew Wellsteps had harmed employees. The story had been broken the day before the awards ceremony by Sharon Begley, winner of many (legitimate) awards for her health/science reporting. Nor could they pretend they hadn't seen the article, because they were quoted in it. As one attendee at the ceremony told me: "It was like being in an alternate universe. I was on my phone reading how harmful and dishonest this program was, while the award was being bestowed." Wellsteps' CEO, Steve Aldana, didn't defend himself, other than to call Ms. Begley a "lier." He didn't provide any evidence of this, nor did he contact her or her editor directly. Needless to say, an investigation has been opened by the Office of the Inspector General, the government agency charged with fraud detection and prevention in healthcare. Not. Actually, the wellness industry is subject to no regulations, or even licensing, educational or continuing education requirements. The United States Preventive Services Task Force establishes clinical guidelines for optimal screenings and prevention. They also recommend strongly against certain screens due to the potential for harm, giving them "D" grades. However, employers may force employees to get D-rated screens or face fines. One vendor even admits their entire program is D-rated, while the Huffpost blogger who defends wellness as basically a kumbaya moment ("show employees the value and excitement" of wellness events) himself runs the company that does more D-rated screens than any other. So wellness is the Wild West of healthcare, and speaking of Wild West, let's circle back to the Boise School District. They were originally thrilled to be part of this award, back when Wellsteps "explained" to them how well they did. Now that the District's management finally got an internet connection, a calculator, and a pair of reading glasses, and/or found a smart person to re-explain Wellsteps' report to them, they no longer comment, or show any interest in their potential $1-million contribution. My suspicion is that they are not too pleased with Wellsteps these days. And Wellsteps' CEO, Steve Aldana -- whose linkedin profile now claims his program is the "best" -- didn't exactly enhance his standing with the Boise authorities by using the Nuremberg Defense in Begley's article, blaming them for making Wellsteps flout clinical guidelines to (very profitably!) screen the stuffing out of their employees. So what? We don't live in Boise This Boise scandal is only the tip of the iceberg. 60 million employees are threatened or bribed into these programs. (Once again, a distinction for loyal Huffpost power users: this is not about Thrive, Arianna Huffington's new venture. That company is in the emerging segment of "wellness done for employees," where employees participate voluntarily because they see value. The Wellsteps/Boise segment is "wellness done to employees," where refusal to submit carries significant financial consequences.) These 60-million employees have essentially no recourse against vendors like Wellsteps. It's not just that vendors are allowed to do harmful, D-rated screens. They need not even disclose that the screens carry the "not recommended" imprimatur from the USPSTF. Further, while health plans who "do wellness" for their members are subject to privacy regulations, independent vendors like wellness are completely unregulated. Wellness vendors don't even need to be licensed. Consequently, vendors can claim to save the lives of cancer victims who didn't have cancer...and win a Koop Award for it, as long as they sponsor the award and/or are friends with the Johns Hopkins employee in charge of giving them out. Health plans can even collect your DNA, if your employer lets them. Vendors can even sell worthless nutritional supplements on their website...and get insurance to pay for them. Sound like a great business? You too can become a wellness vendor -- for only $67,000 and 5 days of classroom training. What Comes Next? And there it is, the ideal place to start "repealing and replacing" the Affordable Care Act. Simply requiring vendors to adhere to a "do no harm" Code of Conduct would drive most of them out of the market. Yet I suspect that in a year from now, wellness programs will be more entrenched than ever, with employees getting "pried, poked and prodded," paying fines, and being harmed. If only America had elected a populist... Disclosure: While this posting represents my own opinion and findings, I am CEO of Quizzify, which is an employee-education alternative to wellness ("Wiser employees make healthier choices"), involving no prying, poking or prodding. And, yes, Quizzify endorses the Code of Conduct and can't understand why other vendors are stonewalling it. Really, if you're in the wellness industry and can't promise not to harm employees, you need to find a new line of work. You'd be doing employees everywhere a huge favor. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Over the past two decades, Alpharetta, Georgia, a city that is 25 miles from downtown Atlanta, has been transformed from a sleepy agricultural community to a magnet for technology companies. More than 600 tech firms – including McKesson Information Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, E-Trade and Equifax – have flocked to Alpharetta. Because [...]
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With pharma and biotech stocks reacting favorably to Trump's win, it looks like a good time to invest in this sector.