Welcome to Insider Healthcare. I’m healthcare editor Leah Rosenbaum, and today in healthcare news:
- Workers at Spring Health say the founder contributed to a culture of panic and burnout;
- These are the 5 most common side-effects from the COVID-19 booster shots;
- A judge found that CVS, Walgreens and Walmart fueled the opioid epidemic.
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April Koh built a $US2 ($AU3) billion mental-health startup by age 29. Current and former employees say she led a fast-paced culture that created panic and fear.
- April Koh started Spring Health at age 24 in her senior year at Yale after struggling with her own mental health.
- Some of Spring Health’s employees said they experienced a pressure-cooker environment in which they worked nonstop and under close scrutiny.
- The turnover has led Koh to pause and take stock while her company implements new initiatives meant to reduce burnout.
The 5 most common booster-shot side effects, according to 11,290 people in the US who’ve gotten boosters
- Booster shots are now being offered to all adults in the US.
- Side effects of third COVID-19 shots tend to be milder than the second, early CDC data showed.
- Fatigue, fever, and headaches are still common for a day or two after a booster.
- A federal jury said three pharmacy chains are responsible for a role in the nation’s opioid crisis.
- CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart recklessly distributed pain pills in two Ohio counties, the jury said.
- The verdict could impact how governments approach trying to hold pharmacies accountable.
More stories we’re reading:
- As offices reopen, ill and disabled workers are returning to a painful old habit: ‘masking’ their symptoms (Insider)
- Antivirals could be essential for ending the COVID-19 pandemic, but not all Americans may be able to get them (STAT)
- The NFL’s top doctor says vaccinated players who get COVID-19 get better quicker — and back to the field sooner — than their unvaccinated teammates (Insider)
- Scientists are testing an experimental chewing gum in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 (Reuters)