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Was Donald Trump treated with pharmaceuticals derived from fetal stem cells?

What Donald Trump received was a cocktail of two monoclonal antibodies. There are various ways to produce those, Regeneron does state on their homepage that they use Cell Lines for mass production. ...
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In the past did Martin Shkreli offer free medication for those who could not afford it?

Yes, with a number of caveats. Shkreli's company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, promised to give free access to Daraprim to some patients in need after the initial price-hike controversy arose. Here is a ...
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Was very little or no new medication developed in the USSR?

Concerning the claim in the question headline: it might be difficult to properly define "very little", compare that to Western medicine. Then start an argument about what counts statistically as… ...
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Does the COVID vaccine contain Graphene Hydroxide nano razor blades?

The evidence is very questionable and does not support the claim. The linked source, and the claim, both attribute the discovery of the proof to Dr Pablo Campra Madrid, affiliated with the Universidad ...
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In the past did Martin Shkreli offer free medication for those who could not afford it?

The closest I could find was this (see also here): He also promised: "If you cannot afford the drug we will give it away for free." This was after the backlash because of the severe price ...
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Do the husbands of the British PM and the former drugs minister profit from the sale of medicinal cannabis?

There are a couple questions here, so I'll address them seperately. Does British Sugar provide Marijuana to GW Pharmaceuticals from a 45 Acre cannabis farm? Yes, however the amount of land being ...
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Do pricey medicines in the USA subsidise R&D for the rest of the world?

tl:dr Yee-es?!? The pharmaceuticals in the US are subsidising something. But what that is is certainly not anything that benefits the rest of the world. The sentences in the claim in question are ...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

As an ER physician who routinely uses fentanyl to treat acute pain in patients, I can confirm that 250 mcg (0.25 mg) would be a potentially lethal dose in some circumstances. When I use fentanyl to ...
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In states where medical marijuana laws are passed, did prescription painkiller sales decrease?

Yes, this was studied in Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Prescription Medication Use In Medicare Part D Health Affairs July 2016 vol. 35 pages 1230-1236 : In states with medical marijuana laws, pain ...
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Was heroin originally developed as a cure for morphine addiction?

No, absolutely not! Heroin was not 'developed as a morphine addiction cure.' One can say that it was trademarked by Bayer and then tested and marketed as a safe alternative for morphine or codeine, in ...
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Do African countries using Ivermectin have a better Covid-19 situation?

The first really important question is what exactly it means that those countries use ivermectin or are part of APOC. Both papers seem to assume that this status is binary, a country is either in the ...
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Does the COVID vaccine contain Graphene Hydroxide nano razor blades?

The essence of the issue with graphene claim is that RNA looks very similar when analyzed that way: Campra indicates that the absorption maximum that has been measured with the sample is 260 - 270 ...
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Does limiting the price of pharmaceuticals lower the number of new treatments produced?

No. It's a very one-sided and theoretical propaganda claim based on transparently faulty assumptions. The most egregious of these – let's call it in good faith – 'errors' are these four: "...
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Does storing medicine at recommended temperatures prolong its life?

Let's start with a simpler question, and build up. Do drugs last longer than the expiration date? Yes, for most but not all drugs. The American Medical Association were concerned about the wastage of ...
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Is this Pfizer’s official Facebook page?

It is clearly not Pfizer's Facebook page. The URL is misspelt: Correct: https://www.facebook.com/Pfizer/ Incorrect: https://www.facebook.com/Pzifer/ The official page has a Blue Tick indicating it ...
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Is CPH4 from science fiction movie 'Lucy' real?

There's a group of molecule called Protocadherin-2 (Pcad-2) that become visible along the nerve fiber in the brain stem at the 8th week, and spread over the entire brain at the 11th week. At the ...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

A DEA publication states: Although the total quantity of fentanyls seized may appear small relative to other illicit drugs, fentanyl is more lethal to potential users than other illicit drugs ...
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Has the primary benefit of statins in reducing early deaths never been fully tested in comparative trials?

There has not been any statin vs statin comparisons, but there was a comparison of different dosages of the same statin. 10,001 patients were either assigned to treatment with either 10 mg of ...
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Is CPH4 from science fiction movie 'Lucy' real?

CAUTION: I believe this is a publicity statement by the director, not based in fact. The drug can't be known until he specifies it. Points to Consider The sixth week is time when the brain is ...
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Is nitrous oxide not used during labor in US hospitals because it is cheaper?

Is it true that laughing gas is not used to reduce labor pains because it is cheap? There seems to be a range of factors contributing to why N2O is not readily available in the US. Nitrous Oxide for ...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

Per unit fentanyl is far more lethal than other typical opiates Fentanyl is in the same class of medical compounds as heroin (medically known as diamorphine) and is also used in medially supervised ...
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Was heroin originally developed as a cure for morphine addiction?

The claim from the video: The claim seems to mostly true, if you look at what Bayer intended to produce rather than what they did produce. Bayer wanted a process to make codeine, which was used to ...
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How lethal is Fentanyl in humans?

Fentanyl is about as lethal as nicotine, about 1 mg/kg, but we don't see people dropping dead from smoking cigarettes which each contain about 8-20 mg of nicotine, although long term the tar in ...
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Does the COVID vaccine contain Graphene Hydroxide nano razor blades?

The article is in a provisional stage as you can see in the first page: Also. It states that further analysis needs to be done: AVISO IMPORTANTE Seguidamente se presenta un estudio microscópico, ...
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Do pricey medicines in the USA subsidise R&D for the rest of the world?

Arguably the modern drug era started with the discovery of penicillin in Alexander Fleming, Professor of Bacteriology at St. Mary's Hospital in London in 1928 with purification developed in Oxford It ...
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Are there fewer than 500 people researching antibiotic resistance?

This is from a researcher in the field, and while it doesn't give any hard numbers, it does support the general idea of few US researchers having been involved, at least for quite some time: The ...
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Does an aspirin a day have health benefits?

Depends on what you consider to be health benefits. I will address the question about heart attacks. Lots of medical sites and media outlets report the wonders of daily aspirin. But, in medicine, you ...
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Do 90% of new drugs not improve over previous drugs?

Partly yes referring to independent expert review in the points listed below. Eight percent of 946 new products in the review period 2002 to 2011 were clinically superior, down from 11 to 15 percent ...
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Do 90% of new drugs not improve over previous drugs?

Some experts clearly believe that too many new drugs don't bring significantly advances to therapy In an article in the BMJ in 2012, two experts reviewed the evidence about a perceived crisis in ...
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