Economics & Economy

Purdue Pharma spokesman Robert Josephson provided Marketplace with this statement in response to questions from The Uncertain Hour about OxyContin, the company, and its relationship with the FDA. The company's responses are published in full below.

Purdue Pharma L.P. Response
December 12, 2017

1. Why did Purdue not do any clinical studies to back up the “delayed absorption” sentence?

FDA statement on The Uncertain Hour's OxyContin episode

Dec 13, 2017

FDA spokesman Michael Felberbaum provided Marketplace with this statement in response to The Uncertain Hour's investigation into the agency and Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. 

The Treasury Department's tax plan analysis is one page long. Really.

Dec 12, 2017

Republicans may be close to an agreement on a final tax bill, but nobody knows for sure. What we do know, however, is that the GOP is not a fan of nonpartisan analysis that shows the bill would add at least $1 trillion to the national debt without spurring the kind of growth needed to offset that figure. The executive branch finally weighed in with its own analysis of sorts in the form a one-page summary released by the Treasury Department. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal discussed it with Ben White, chief economics correspondent at Politico.

Robert Johnson and Tanisha Asamu sat knee to knee, gazing into each other’s eyes.

“I appreciate your patience, because I know I’m not always the easiest person to deal with,” Johnson said.

“I appreciate how important family is to you, including us, of course,” Asamu said back.

It was not the most romantic setting — a conference room at the Center for Urban Families, a social services organization in Baltimore. The exercise was part of a class designed to help low-income couples raising children build more solid relationships.

Nearly three months after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, recovery is still slowly underway on the island. And underneath it all, one question persists — what to do about the island’s debt. At one point President Donald Trump said it would have to be wiped out … the White House then downplayed that statement. But in a new opinion piece in the Washington Post. a trio of academics, including Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, say they've crunched the numbers and that in fact, Puerto Rico has no capacity to make any debt payments in the next 10 years.

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