Adams becomes Surgeon General

Jerome Adams was sworn in as the nation’s newest Surgeon General. He’s the former health commissioner of Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana.

Fun fact: “The Surgeon General is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, one of the seven* uniformed services of the United States, and by law holds the rank of vice admiral.”

*Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, NOAA, and Public Health Service

So why does the U.S. have employer-sponsored healthcare?

Other countries don’t do it that way — what’s the deal? The deal is it’s a result of WWII-era wage freezes, and businesses’ need to attract workers … and then an IRS decision to make those benefits tax-exempt. Read the story.

Piling on

Manchester, N.H., joins the list of municipalities* suing drug makers over the opioid crisis. The small city had at least 71 people overdose in August alone.

*I really hate that word

Affording cancer

About one in 10 cancer survivors doesn’t take necessary meds because they can’t afford them. But that number is down from 2010, when about 1 in 7 had to skip their drugs.

Isn’t that special

There are 15 specialty pharmacies on Inc’s list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the country, as Drug Channels reports. Topping the list: Solera, Infusion Express, and PantheRx.