Dana Brown

Dana Brown

Dana Brown is co-director of theory, research, and policy at The Democracy Collaborative and is director of The Next System Project at the Collaborative.

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In the struggle to survive this pandemic and to begin to knit together a society that has been increasingly divided in order to serve the needs of the market, we can ill afford to allow health inequities to get even worse. (Photo by Ronen Tivony/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 09, 2020
Primary Health Care Is in Critical Condition. Making Primary Care Public Will Restore Its Health—and Protect Ours
The strain that the COVID-19 pandemic is placing on our entire healthcare system is threatening to decimate the primary care sector—the doctor’s offices and medical facilities that are the very foundation of any healthcare system. Just when Americans most need consistent and equitable access to...
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"While we benefit from a highly sophisticated, technically advanced pharmaceutical industry," writes Brown, "that same industry systematically—and often catastrophically—fails to meet the needs of our society, our health, and our economy."  (Photo: Floris Van Cauwelaert/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
It's Time to Take on Big Pharma and Reclaim Medicines for Public Health: We Need A Public Option in Pharmaceuticals
America, we have a drug problem, and it’s worse than you might realize. Deep into our third (yes, third ) profit-motivated opioid epidemic, we are now also facing a global pandemic without the treatments and vaccines we need to prevent further mass death. At the same time, ordinary Americans who...
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Thursday, August 20, 2020
Reclaim Public Medicine for Public Health
Far too many people have suffered and died because our medicines and medical products system was not prepared to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with prompt and universal access to reliable tests, treatments, and vaccines. Governments, non-profits, and industry in the U.S. and around the world are...
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., attend a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center with House and Senate Democrats on a report which they say shows that prescription drug prices have risen under President Trump on May 10, 2018. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) Views
Friday, September 20, 2019
Pelosi Plan Not Good Enough: Lower Drug Prices Now Through a Pharmaceutical Public Option
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on September 19 released the “Lower Drug Costs Now Act” (H.R. 3), which would institute a series of measures designed to address runaway prescription drug costs. For people forced to struggle financially and medically as a result of the predatory behavior of Big Pharma,...
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Thursday, December 20, 2018
At Last, a Good First Step Toward Public Pharmaceuticals
Public production of essential medicines is an idea whose time has come. Broad-based support for taking this step has been growing, and on Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Jan Schakowsky introduced a bill that would create the public Office of Drug Manufacturing ( ODM ) to do just that. The...
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"The average cost of cancer drugs today is four times the median household income."(Photo: TheNextSystem) Views
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.
Last week, researchers James Allison and Tasuku Honjo were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in medicine for their work on cancer immunotherapies, heralded by the Nobel committee as "seminal discoveries" that "constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer." Immunotherapies like those developed on...
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
55 Years Is Enough: Lift the Cuba Embargo
Dressed in a blazer, sweater, and gloves to protect him from the cold of a DC winter, petite 79-year old Reverend Raul Suarez loves to tell his story.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Colombian Prosecutor Charging Human Rights Defender is Implicated in Forced Disappearance
After years of enduring threats from paramilitary organizations, David Ravelo, a Colombian human rights defender, economist and founding member of the Regional Corporation for the Defense of Human Rights (CREDHOS), has been imprisoned for the last two years based on the testimony of demobilized paramilitaries. The circumstances surrounding the case against him are filled with irregularities, including accusations of witness tampering and serious questions about witness credibility.
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