EpiPen’s pricing debacle and its impact on patients, insurers

A firestorm erupted this week in response to the phar­ma­ceu­tical com­pany Mylan’s sharp increase in the price of its EpiPen, a life-​​saving treat­ment for severe allergic reac­tions. The com­pany quickly back­tracked, announcing a rebate plan. Here, three North­eastern fac­ulty members—pharmacist Tayla Rose, health­care finance expert Steven Pizer, and health policy researcher Gary Young—explain the clin­ical, eco­nomic, and policy impli­ca­tions of the controversy.

3Qs: Will states follow Feds’ lead on phasing out private prisons?

The Jus­tice Depart­ment will be phasing out the use of pri­vate prisons, citing safety con­cerns as well as their lack of reha­bil­i­ta­tive ser­vices. We asked Natasha Frost, a mass incar­cer­a­tion expert, to explain how this direc­tive might affect for-​​profit prisons at the state level and whether the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion could impact the DOJ’s new policy.

3Qs: The ‘perfect storm’ that led to Brazil’s drastic and rapid decline

The state of Brazil in 2009, when Rio de Janeiro was awarded the Summer Olympics, stands in stark con­trast to the state of the nation today. As the world turns its focus to Rio for tonight’s Opening Cer­e­monies, asso­ciate pro­fessor Thomas Vicino explains Brazil’s change of fortune.

3Qs: New GMO labeling law brings controversy, confusion

North­eastern pro­fessor and food policy expert Chris Bosso says there are honest argu­ments on each side of the debate over whether to label foods as having genet­i­cally mod­i­fied ingre­di­ents. But he notes the new bill, signed into law last week, is “a poor solu­tion to a com­plex problem.”

Russian athlete ban, not Rio prep, to be 2016 Olympics’ legacy

The 2016 Summer Olympics are finally here, opening this week in Rio de Janeiro amid a plethora of con­cerns, including the Zika virus, water con­t­a­m­i­na­tion, and civil unrest. Here, Olympics expert and asso­ciate teaching pro­fessor Philip D’Agati explains what we can expect and says of the city, “Their plan­ning hasn’t been that bad.”

3Qs: The strategy of selecting a vice presidential candidate

After weeks of intense public spec­u­la­tion, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton intro­duced their vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates. That got us won­dering how pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls select their run­ning mates and whether those selec­tions typ­i­cally impact elec­tions. Here, Bill Crotty, pro­fessor emer­itus and an expert on pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics, exam­ines those questions.

How the Democratic Party’s email fiasco will affect the presidential race

The release of nearly 20,000 Demo­c­ratic National Com­mittee emails by Wik­ileaks on Friday cre­ated havoc within the party and forced the res­ig­na­tion of DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Rumors of Russia’s alleged involve­ment in the data breech added fur­ther intrigue to the story. We asked three North­eastern experts to weigh in on how the data dump will impact the elec­tion, the voting process, and the cyber­se­cu­rity of polit­ical parties.

Women’s powerlifting club wins sport’s world cup

The team pushed and pulled its way to a dom­i­nating vic­tory in the Inter­na­tional Pow­er­lifting Federation’s inau­gural Uni­ver­sity Pow­er­lifting World Cup, which was held in Belarus last week. “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team per­formed,” said club cap­tain Kelsey McCarthy. “It shows how hard we trained and how com­mitted we were.”

The terror in Nice and security across the EU

France is reeling from its third major attack in 19 months after a lone ter­rorist sped a truck into a crowd of people gath­ered to watch Bastille Day fire­works. The attack killed at least 84 people and injured more than 200 others. We asked North­eastern experts to ana­lyze these types of “lone wolf” ter­rorist attacks, the media’s use of graphic footage from the scene, and what the terror in Nice could mean for the Euro­pean Union’s secu­rity procedures.