Health care

3 museums reject donations from Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art in New York
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of modern and contemporary art in New York. Photo: Tinnaporn Sathapornnanont/Getty Images

London’s National Portrait Gallery, British gallery group Tate and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York have all said in the past week they will no longer accept financial donations from the Sackler family, which owns pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma.

Why it matters: The fallout in the art world comes as the family faces numerous lawsuits and growing backlash over Purdue's connection to the opioid crisis. The family and company have made billions from the sale of highly addictive opioid painkillers that have helped fuel the country's opioid crisis, killing hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S.

Experts: Eliminating TB is possible this generation, but funding is paramount

Illustration of lungs made of coins, with a couple differently colored (copper pennies with silver nickels)
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Global health leaders around the world are sharpening their goals of eliminating tuberculosis within this generation, but at the same time they are facing the threat of the U.S. — the biggest contributor to the fight — cutting back its support.

Why it matters: Today is World Tuberculosis Day. Most cases of tuberculosis (TB) can be treated and cured, yet the disease continues to infect 10 million and kill 1.6 million people a year — more than any other infectious disease. And if the U.S. cuts its funding for international programs, despite having the tools to get rid of it, it's likely to stay the course.

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