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Big Pharma, Inequality, and the Future of American Healthcare 2017

PART 1: Pharmakosis: What’s Wrong With Pharma, and How to Fix It

Today, skyrocketing drug prices are bankrupting patients and taxpayers and keeping lifesaving treatments from the people who need them. This class will explain what is driving this trend and what can be done to reverse it. We will also explore other worrying features of the healthcare-pharmaceutical complex, such as the pursuit of “blockbuster” lifestyle drugs instead of breakthrough cures, the use of patent law to delay or restrict access to generics, and the intensive use of sophisticated marketing techniques aimed at clinicians and patients. Special attention will be given to the ways in which these recent trends are undermining clinical judgment and transforming the nurse-patient relationship. The class will culminate in a discussion of what can be done to remedy these problems.

Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how recent developments in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries relate to larger social, political, and economic trends.
  2. Articulate how these developments have affected clinical judgment and practice.

PART 2: The Inequality Epidemic

The United States is currently experiencing its worst epidemic of inequality in nearly a century. In recent years, an increasing share of total income and wealth has become concentrated at the top of the economic spectrum, while more and more people find themselves either unemployed or settling for lower pay and less secure jobs. This class will give a detailed overview of the factors contributing to this current trend — with a particular focus on technological change and the growing role of finance in the wider economy — as well as the social, political, and health consequences of inequality. Participants will gain an understanding of why runaway inequality constitutes an unprecedented public health crisis and will be equipped with the knowledge necessary to create a care plan for the nation that can heal the economy and save lives.

Upon completion of this class, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain why economic inequality contributes not only to social inequity and political instability, but also to adverse health consequences.
  2. Describe both the etiology and epidemiology of inequality — where it comes from, and why and how it’s spreading.
  3. Identify specific measures that would improve the socioeconomic health of their communities and the individual health of their patients.

CE courses are free to National Nurses United members and student nurses. Join NNU. Nurses will be notified by US mail and by email if a course is cancelled.

Provider: California Nurses Association. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP754 for 6 contact hours.