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Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen has been a reporter for decades, working in Indiana, Texas and other places before returning to his native Ohio to work at The Columbus Dispatch in 2017. He's won state and national journalism awards for investigations into utility regulation, public corruption, the environment, prescription drug spending and other matters.

Public health officials try to battle the misinformation pandemic

By: - June 8, 2021

Ohio continues to get good news in its fight against coronavirus. On Saturday, the infection rate dropped to less than 50 cases per 100,000 Ohioans. That’s the rate Gov. Mike DeWine originally set for removing COVID-related health orders, although he backed off of it as federal authorities eased masking guidance. The rate is a far, […]

Ohio suits against drug middlemen headed for the long haul

By: - June 7, 2021

Ohio has been one of the most active states litigating against drug middlemen, whom Attorney General Dave Yost accuses of bilking state agencies out of tens of millions of dollars. Other states also have been active in court against the healthcare giants. Notably, Arkansas last year squared off at the U.S. Supreme Court against the […]

Federal regulator’s oversight of the drug supply chain blasted — by one of the regulators

By: - June 4, 2021

One of two federal agencies tasked with policing anticompetitive behavior among corporations last week said it has a lot more work to do when it comes to the prescription-drug supply chain. One of the members of the Federal Trade Commission went even further. He suggested the agency has abdicated its responsibility as drug prices have […]

Ohio’s unvaccinated might be in as much danger now as they were in February. But state officials can’t directly track them

By: - June 2, 2021

More than 5 million Ohioans have started getting vaccinated against the coronavirus — and a few lucky ones will win a million bucks or a free ride to college for doing so. That has overall disease, hospitalization and death numbers plummeting as Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ends covid restrictions on Wednesday.  But the 64% of […]

Antitrust concerns are increasing on Capitol Hill. Advocates say they should extend to drug pricing

By: - June 1, 2021

Antitrust concerns are increasing on Capitol Hill. Advocates say they should extend to drug pricing.

Eleven generic versions of an HIV drug rush onto the market… and list prices go up

By: - May 28, 2021

The health care system is supposed to incentivize the development of wonder drugs and then apply market forces to squeeze prices to a minimum. But a new report shows how at least for one drug, incentivizing is working a lot better than price-squeezing. At least when insurance is involved. For example, Blueberry Pharmacy in the […]

Housing advocate: Worker crunch due to a lot more than federal supplements

By: - May 25, 2021

Federal unemployment supplements are not the sole reason Ohio employers are having a hard time finding workers, an Ohio housing advocate said Monday. Gov. Mike DeWine earlier this month announced that on June 26 he would end Ohio’s participation in a federal program that provided $300 a week in additional unemployment pay. The money was […]

For hundreds of thousands of Ohioans, the pandemic isn’t over. Is anybody thinking about them?

By: - May 24, 2021

For hundreds of thousands of Ohioans, the pandemic isn't over. Is anybody thinking about them?

Consumer protection? New DeWine regulatory chief says most overcharges can’t be refunded

By: - May 20, 2021

Gov. Mike DeWine’s latest appointee to lead Ohio’s scandal-plagued utility regulator last week raised concerns among some lawmakers and consumer watchdogs. She claimed that her agency has only a very limited ability to make electric companies refund billions in improper charges to ratepayers. There was always going to be scrutiny when Jenifer French made her […]

Turning the page: After 15 months Ohio starts to move on from pandemic

By: - May 18, 2021

Turning the page: After 15 months Ohio starts to move on from pandemic

Reports: Drug manufacturers and middlemen both responsible for rising consumer costs

By: - May 17, 2021

The world of prescription drug pricing can be bewildering — intentionally so, some critics of the industry claim.  Whether that’s true or not, several reports this year show that the supply chain’s alchemy of list prices, rebates and net prices hurts consumers. And a U.S. Senate report says drugmakers and middlemen share the blame. The […]

Without supporting data, Ohio to end federal unemployment supplement

By: - May 14, 2021

Citing fears that a $300-a-week federal unemployment supplement was keeping Ohioans from returning to the workforce, Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced that he would end it.  However, the governor was unable to cite any data showing that businesses’ trouble finding workers was due to the supplement and not other dislocations caused by the coronavirus […]