Feb 3, 2017

Opioid overdose antidote is the latest drug with a huge price hike

Michael Clevenger / The Courier-Journal via AP

Per Vox, makers of an anti-opioid drug called naloxone are jacking prices in the face of the nation's opioid and heroin epidemic. The lesson, Vox says, is that they're doing it because they can — America's free market on pharmaceutical pricing lets drugmakers set their own prices with private insurers without any government interference.

  • Auto-injection version: $690 in 2014; $4,500 today
  • Injectable version: $62.29 in 2012; $142.49 today

Why it matters: Drug companies can't afford more stories like this right when they're getting President Trump to soften his tone on rising prices.

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America's dwindling executions

The Trump administration wants to reboot federal executions, pointing to a 16-year lapse, but Pew Research reports the government has only executed three people since 1963.

The big picture: Nearly all executions in the U.S. are done by states. Even those have been steadily dropping for two decades, per the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) — marking a downward trend for all executions in the country.

Top NSC official may be moved after "Anonymous" rumor fallout

President Trump at the Daytona 500. (Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Top Trump administration officials are in discussions to reassign deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council, per two sources familiar with the planning.

Why it matters: Coates' working relationship with National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien, who elevated her to the deputy role only months ago, has strained amid an effort by some people inside the administration to tag her as "Anonymous" — a charge she has vehemently denied to colleagues.

Jeff Bezos commits $10 billion for climate change research

Bezos at Amazon Smbhav in New Delhi on Jan. 15. Photo: Sajjad Hussain/AFP via Getty Images

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced the launch of his "Earth Fund" on Monday via Instagram to fund climate change research and awareness.

What he's saying: Bezos says he's initially committing $10 billion to fund "scientists, activists, and NGOS" that are working on environmental preservation and protection efforts.