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2014 National Magazine Awards

Katherine’s article “Dirty Medicine,” which ran last May on Fortune.com, was named a finalist in the Public Interest category of The American Society of Magazine Editors’ 2014 National Magazine Awards. Continue reading

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“What ails Big Pharma,” Fortune Magazine

A new book chronicles the uneasy relationship between money and drugs, and what it means for the rest of us. Continue reading

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“Ranbaxy’s empty promises,” Fortune Magazine

On Jan. 23, the FDA dropped a heavy hammer on the Indian generic drug giant Ranbaxy Laboratories, announcing it will restrict imports from the company’s manufacturing plant in Toansa, India. It was the fourth Ranbaxy factory to be barred by the FDA since 2008. The move came after an unannounced inspection in early January turned up a devastating litany of infractions: a laboratory area littered with flies, a leaking refrigerator for drug samples, and evidence that laboratory technicians were altering data to improve test results. Continue reading

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min’s Editorial & Design Awards

Katherine’s “Dirty Medicine” was honored as a winner in the single article (online) category of min’s 2013 Editorial & Design Awards. Continue reading

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“Painful prescription: Pharmacy benefit managers make out better than their customers,” Fortune Magazine

In late 2008, Meridian Health Systems, a nonprofit that owns and operates six hospitals in southern New Jersey, hired a new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) company to help reduce the surging medication costs for its 12,000 employees and their families. Express Scripts, which has since become the largest PBM in the country, projected that it would slice at least $763,000 from Meridian’s $12 million in annual drug spending. Continue reading

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Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award

The Newswomen’s Club of New York honored Katherine with a 2013 Front Page Award for In-Depth Reporting for her series of articles on “Dirty Medicine.” Continue reading

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The impact of “Dirty Medicine” to date

“Dirty Medicine” has made waves across the globe since it was published on May 15. Continue reading

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Technically Speaking: Overcoming the Challenges of Reporting a Highly Technical Article

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“Why the Supreme Court is wrong on generic drugs,” Fortune.com

On Monday, in a 5-4 vote, the court ruled that since generic drugmakers are only replicating brand-name drugs that have already been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration, patients can’t sue to hold them liable for the dangerous design of a pharmaceutical. Continue reading

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“The latest to claim fraud at generic Lipitor maker Ranbaxy: Its owners,” Fortune.com

Japanese drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo has quietly stood by its decision to purchase Ranbaxy in 2008. Now, though, the company is publicly suggesting it was defrauded in the $4.6 billion acquisition. Continue reading

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