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  • Prager: Why My Stepsons’ Father Killed Himself

    01/31/2017 12:46:34 PM PST · by servo1969 · 194 replies ^ | 1-31-2017 | Dennis Prager
    Last week, my two stepsons' father, a man who loved life, killed himself. I would like to tell you why. Two years ago, a 62-year-old father of three named Bruce Graham was standing on an ladder, inspecting his roof for a leak, when it slipped out from under him. He landed on top of the ladder on his back, breaking several ribs, puncturing a lung and tearing his intestine, which wasn't detected until he went into septic shock. Following surgery, he lapsed into a two-week coma. In retrospect, it's unfortunate that he awoke from that coma because for all intents...
  • Almost All Mass Shootings Have This in Common… And It Has Nothing to Do With Guns

    10/22/2014 6:50:05 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 44 replies
    Liberals would have Americans believe that mass shootings are caused by the ready access to firearms in the United States. If that were true, however, it would not explain why over nine out of 10 mass shootings occur in areas where it is more difficult to own or carry a firearm, as a recent study proved. Nor would it explain why mass murders committed with guns, which outnumber bicycles in the United States by a factor of three-to-one, are responsible for about 4% as many deaths as bicycle accidents. There is, however, a possible link between mass murderers who use...
  • FDA Tightens Hydrocodone Regulations To Curb Drug Abuse

    09/05/2014 10:22:03 PM PDT · by JCG · 94 replies
    HNGN ^ | Aug 25, 2014 | Ashley Helms
    Stricter rules for the country's most commonly prescribed painkiller were rolled out on Thursday by the FDA, the last step in a policy change that has been coming down the pipeline for years, The New York Times reported on Sunday. Hydrocodone will now be in a more serious and restrictive category. Doctors will be barred from calling in prescriptions by telephone, and patients will not be able to get refills on the same prescription, but will have to return to a physician for a new one. It will also have be to kept in special vaults in pharmacies. The Drug...
  • Readers Digest: A World Without Meds

    07/02/2014 6:59:42 AM PDT · by wtd · 7 replies
    The Readers Digest June 2014 ^ | 06-2014 | Katherine Eban
    Drug Shortages: The Scary Reality of a World Without Meds Imagine surgeons running out of anesthetic drugs, cancer patients who can't get lifesaving chemotherapy, and doctors scrambling for the most basic antibiotics. We're already there. Read more:
  • Drug Abuse News

    England has seen a 10% fall in the number of opiate and crack [the top 2 illicit drugs abused] users since 2005 with the largest reductions being seen in the last few years. This also includes a significant fall in the number of people injecting these drugs: from 93,401 in 2010 to 2011, to 87,302 in 2011 to 2012. THE DIFFERENCE: England approaches the issue as a "public health" issue. In the USA we approach substance abuse as a "legal" issue. Until we fund treatment adequately, attacking demand, law enforcement attempts to shrink supply will just make profit margins greater...
  • Twelve hours to get a Z-pack? Thanks, Øbamacare, for nothing.

    01/06/2014 6:16:12 PM PST · by lightman · 97 replies
    6 January AD 2013 | Self
    South-central Pennsylvania has been clobbered by a nasty cold, flu, or combination thereof for all of this brief new year. So much so that the state is listed as "widespread" on the flu map published by the Weather Channel. I get that. What I don't get is why it took my adult son nearly twelve hours to obtain a Z-pack. He did the responsible thing by calling his primary physician (a truly unmercenary practitioner, who works solo and sees many of the poor who others shun) early this morning...around 10 AM. The overworked physicians office--I did say this flu thing...
  • How will ObamaCare impact prescription drug coverage?

    12/10/2013 8:39:25 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 24 replies ^ | December 09, 2013 | Megyn Kelly and Dr. Scott Gottlieb, The Kelly File
    MEGYN KELLY, HOST: We are seeing new reports tonight about another possible consequence of the health care overhaul. While media outlets continue to dig into the issue of losing your plan or losing your doctor -- you can see this cover here on the Cincinnati Enquirer -- we are now hearing that you may also be losing your prescription drug coverage, or at least find to get much more expensive.
  • Feds Spent $29 Million on Prescription Drugs for 4,139 Illegal Aliens

    11/07/2013 2:59:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/05/13 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    ( – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) spent almost $29 million to cover Medicare Part D prescription drugs for 4,139 individuals “unlawfully present” in the U.S. and thus ineligible to receive federal health care benefits, according to an audit by Daniel Levinson, inspector general of the Department of Health & Human Services. (See Medicare prescription drugs.pdf)
  • Prescription drug cards not from government (Scam Warning)

    09/05/2013 10:54:05 AM PDT · by Baynative · 12 replies ^ | 9/2/13 | Chris Willis
    PORTLAND -- A new prescription discount card is promising Oregonians an average savings of 50 percent on prescription drugs. It’s called the United States Prescription Discount card, and it looks like an official government document. A lot of people are now getting them in the mail. But these cards are not from the government. They are sent to people addressed as “resident code,” and they promise the savings at pharmacies everywhere nationwide.
  • Which Medication Assisted Treatment is best for you?

    06/28/2013 5:08:21 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 4 replies
    ARC ^ | 6/27/13
    Historically, opiate addicts have had a very poor track record for recovery. But evidence-based clinical best practices, known as Medication Assisted Treatment, have been identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that have nine times better effectiveness outcomes than traditional treatment. SAMHSA found that certain types of psychotherapy combined with medications like methadone or Suboxone enhance the probability of avoiding relapse substantially. What Is Medication Assisted Treatment? Medication Assisted Treatment is a very effective treatment for opiate addiction. If you are addicted to opiates (like heroin or OxyContin) then you need to take these drugs multiple times...
  • Opioids for Chronic Pain: Addiction is NOT Rare

    Prescribers and the public have been misinformed about the risk of addiction when chronic pain is treated with opioids. This has led to overprescribing of opioids and the worst drug epidemic in U.S. history. Even when taken as directed, patients receiving long-term opioid therapy for chronic pain can become addicted.Physicians who find their patients addicted, i.e., experiencing higher and higher tolerance requiring higher and higher dosing, should consider a referral to a SAMHSA evidence-based best practice Medication Assisted Treatment program at a SAMHSA CSAT certified Opioid Treatment Program. In Oklahoma call 877-341-3017
  • Effectiveness of Opioids for Chronic Pain

    06/05/2013 6:31:43 AM PDT · by DBCJR
    Despite low-quality evidence supporting practice change, use of opioids for chronic pain increased dramatically over the past two decades. Concurrently, there has been a sharp increase in opioid analgesic overdose deaths, addiction, misuse and diversion. Opioids may provide modest, variable short-term pain relief for some patients with chronic pain. Long-term benefits for chronic pain have not been established. Potential medical and behavioral harms of opioids are an important concern, particularly at higher dosage levels and in higher risk or medically complex patients. While opioid therapy at lower doses may be a useful treatment for some patients, it should only be...
  • Painkiller Addiction in Oklahoma

    05/28/2013 3:19:22 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 12 replies
    Last year the Center for Disease Control called prescription painkiller addiction an epidemic in the country, identifying Oklahoma as leading the nation in both the addiction and related deaths. It is only fitting that the battle against such addiction in "Native America" be led by three tribal owned clinics, Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services, OKC; Keetoowah Cherokee Treatment Services, Tulsa; and Quapaw Counseling Services, Miami. Generally speaking, prescription painkillers are opiates. There are 14 Opioid Treatment Programs in Oklahoma certified by the Federal agency SAMHSA CSAT, including the Veterans Hospital in Oklahoma City. The importance of these OTPs revolves around SAMHSA's...

    05/17/2013 10:16:24 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 16 replies
    ME | MAY 17.2013 | swampsniper
    Just got my monthly prescriptions refilled, 97 bucks more than last month, 200 bucks more than last December, same stuff, same amounts.I'm helping someone get their sex change operation, thanks, OBAMACARE!
  • Dr. Carson’s Prescription

    02/15/2013 12:37:50 PM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | 2/15/2013 | John Fund
    The renowned doctor reacts to the furor over his National Prayer Breakfast speech. Dr. Ben Carson, a renowned pediatric neurosurgeon who helped lead the first surgery separating twins joined at the head, has received a fair amount of attention in his 61 years. But none of it before begins to compare to the response he has gotten since he spoke at the February 7 National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama sitting five feet away. While most of his remarks were motivational or spiritual, he made some pointed political comments about the need for freer markets in health care and a...
  • The day Christmas died (Newtown Massacre)

    12/18/2012 9:50:21 AM PST · by Perseverando · 10 replies
    WND ^ | December 16, 2012 | Barbara Simpson
    Exclusive: Barbara Simpson questions role of prescription meds in shootings The countdown had begun. Christmas Eve was just 10 days away. For the children, excitement was building, as it should. Then, in a burst of what can only be described as naked evil, it was over. What had begun as a normal school day took a turn no one could have anticipated or even imagined. Sandy Hook Elementary School, grades K through 4, in the quiet village of Newtown, Conn., became the target of a plot that was carried out with diabolical accuracy that turned classrooms into a charnel house....
  • Little Falls shootings: Drugs, other items reported stolen found in car teens used

    11/28/2012 7:36:20 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 24 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-27-12 | Christopher Magan
    Authorities tied the teenage cousins killed by a homeowner after they broke into his Little Falls, Minn., house Thanksgiving Day to a similar break-in the night before. Prescription drugs from the earlier burglary were found in the red Mitsubishi Eclipse that Nicholas Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, drove when they broke into Byron David Smith's home north of Little Falls, Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel said Wednesday, Nov. 28. Deputies are now reviewing police reports to see if other burglaries are connected to the teens.
  • Doctor of Colorado suspect had been disciplined by medical board

    07/29/2012 1:37:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 55 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 29, 2012 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    <p>AURORA, Colo. -- Dr. Lynne Fenton, the University of Colorado psychiatrist who was treating James E. Holmes, according to a court filing by his attorneys, was disciplined by the Colorado Medical Board in 2005.</p> <p>Fenton was also reprimanded for failing to maintain a medical chart or to enter appropriate entries for the charts relating to herself, her husband or the employee, 7News reported.</p>
  • When Prescription Becomes Addiction

    06/22/2012 7:54:17 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 21 replies
    How do I know when a prescription becomes an addiction? This is a critical question. Many Oklahomans have a legitimate need for prescription painkillers for the relief of pain from surgery or an injury. Unfortunately, even legitimate reliance on medication can easily and unintentionally turn into physical dependence. That can be confusing, as the medications ARE prescribed by a doctor, so doesn’t that mean that they are needed and safe to use? Alarmingly, the most commonly prescribed drugs including OxyContin, Vicodin, hydrocodne, hydrocodone, Darvocet, Lortab, Lorcet and Percocet can cause one to start "needing" the drugs in order to feel...
  • Leading the Fight vs. Native America's Painkillers

    Three tribes lead the best practice initiative treating the epidemic of painkiller addiction in Native America, Oklahoma, the nation's leader in painkiller addiction. Treating all adults, Medicaid. Last month the Center for Disease Control called prescription painkiller addiction an epidemic in the country, identifying Oklahoma as leading the nation in both the addiction and related deaths. It is only fitting that the battle against such addiction in "Native America" be led by three tribal owned clinics, Absentee Shawnee Counseling Services, OKC; Keetoowah Cherokee Treatment Services, Tulsa; and Quapaw Counseling Services, Miami. Generally speaking, prescription painkillers are opiates. There are 14...
  • OTC Vitamin D (D3) More Effective Than Prescription Vitamin D (D2)

    11/18/2011 2:52:39 PM PST · by TennesseeGirl · 23 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 11/18/2011 | Grace Rattue
    John J. Cannell, M.D writes that he receives numerous questions from individuals who ask, "My doctor prescribed Drisdol, is that OK?" Drisdol is vitamin D2 in a form that doctors write prescriptions for. Sun exposure does not produce vitamin D2 in the body, the vitamin is produced by plant matter and irradiating fungus. When consumed, numerous metabolic forms of D2 can be traced in the body. According to some studies, vitamin D3, which is produced by the skin, is more powerful, hence more effective at raising blood levels compared with vitamin D2, however, some studies say they are equal. Few...
  • Obama to Sign Prescription Drug Executive Order

    10/31/2011 7:52:30 AM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 57 replies
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 31, 2011 | AnnCompton
    Using the legal force of an executive order, President Obama is taking action on the health care front as part of his pressure on Congress for action on his jobs plan. White House officials say at a midday signing ceremony in the Oval Office, the president will address price gouging and the availability of prescription drugs. He will also endorse what he describes as bipartisan legislation awaiting action. “The shortage of prescription drugs drives up costs, leaves consumers vulnerable to price gouging and threatens our health and safety,” an administration official says.
  • Change in drug payment rule may trigger headaches

    11/16/2010 9:01:25 AM PST · by brothers4thID · 22 replies
    WTOP/AP ^ | 11/16/2010 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON (AP) - A headache awaits people who use those tax-free health spending accounts to pay for over-the-counter allergy relievers, heartburn blockers and other drugstore remedies. Starting next year, you'll need a prescription for the drugs to qualify.
  • AP : Say, guess what we just found in ObamaCare !

    03/26/2010 9:37:09 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 126 replies · 5,573+ views
    Hot Air ^ | MARCH 25, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    Congress passed the bill without knowing what was in it. Barack Obama signed it without reading it. Now it looks as though the Associated Press reported on ObamaCare without comprehending its content. Readers will have to scroll far down to discover that the elimination of a key tax break that kept retirees on company prescription-medication plans will mean dumping millions of seniors onto Medicare — and that the AP ignored it until now: The health care overhaul will cost U.S. companies billions and make them more likely to drop prescription drug coverage for retirees because of a change in how...
  • Huntington PD makes massive drug sweep

    03/14/2010 7:21:42 AM PDT · by mshoffner · 3 replies · 608+ views
    Huntington Political Examiner ^ | 03/14/2010 | Mark Shoffner
    This last Thursday morning, Huntington looked like a major city. Huntington PD in conjuction with Huntington County Sherrif's Department, Indiana State police and officers from surrounding communities, moved across the community in Operation Cocktail Party. They hit home after home in an operation that would make the DEA proud.

    12/26/2009 9:47:52 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 76 replies · 2,105+ views
    self | DECEMBER 27, 2009 | swampsniper
    I've been ordering my most expensive prescriptions from Canada, I pay cash, at a very considerable savings. The cost difference is great enough to affect my overall standard of living, the choice between just getting by or having a basic life. I was expecting trouble with the passage of Obamacare, he promised big pharma that imports would be ended, but I didn't expect it so soon. If customs refuses an order I'll still be stuck paying for it. I don't know how the medicare copay will compare to what I've been paying, I guess I'm about to find out. The...
  • And You Thought a Prescription Was Private

    08/11/2009 6:05:01 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 405+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 08 Aug 2009 | MILT FREUDENHEIM
    MORE than 10 years after she tried without success to have a baby, Marcy Campbell Krinsk is still receiving painful reminders in her mail. The ads and promotions started after she bought fertility drugs at a pharmacy in San Diego. Marketers got hold of her name, and she found coupons and samples in her mail that shadowed the growth of an imaginary child — at first, for Pampers and baby formula, then for discounts on family photos, and all the way through the years to gifts suitable for an elementary school graduate. “I had three different in vitro procedures,” said...
  • Charlie and the Capitol's Fantasy: Obama's health care agenda from inside the White House

    06/17/2009 10:45:05 AM PDT · by RaleighGOPExaminer · 9 replies · 460+ views
    The Raleigh Examiner ^ | June 17, 2009 | Mary Kapp
    One week from today, network news will be broadcast from the Blue Room of the White House, in what could easily be interpreted as a sparkling endorsement for socialized health care. The ABC News ‘Prescription for America,’ moderated by Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, is the network’s first occasion to air from inside the administration, as compared to CBS’ 60 Minutes on election night, and NBC’s recent primetime special. ABC programs including Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and Nightline will cover, all day long, what many fear to be a mere ‘infomercial’ for the president’s health care agenda, far...

    04/16/2009 9:12:30 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 11 replies · 576+ views
    SELF | April 16, 2009 | swampsniper
    Because the medications I must use to treat my COPD now will cost me $600.00 a month at Walmart, I placed an order with a Canadian pharmacy, for equivalent medications, at about $200.00 a month. All went well, but then I learned that my order may be held up, for up to 3 weeks, by U.S. Customs. Maybe I should just start doseing myself with Mexican heroin, they let it in with no delay! I try to take care of myself, I could go to the county and beg, but I'm not down that low yet, I'll tough it out!
  • Doctors 'prescribed drugs for dead' (medical fraud)

    03/19/2009 5:54:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 484+ views
    ANSA ^ | 03/18/09
    Doctors 'prescribed drugs for dead' Some 100 Sicilian GPs accused of swindling state (ANSA) - Trapani, March 18 - Some 100 doctors in this Sicilian city are suspected of prescribing drugs for dead people and pocketing the money. The general practitioners allegedly wrote prescriptions for people who had died as long as nine years previously, according to tax police. The GPs are accused of embezzling some 50,000 euros from the Italian state. Tax police busted the scam after comparing parent IDs with some 30,000 suspect prescriptions issued between 2004 and 2007. They focused on elderly patients using expensive drugs and...
  • The Tsunami of Painkiller Addiction

    06/05/2008 7:53:20 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 6 replies · 166+ views
    Prescription painkiller addiction has grown exponentially in the last several years fueled by the illicit online pharmacies whose spam inundates your inbox. The DEA is abruptly shutting down this cheap & easy supply. What seemed like a problem will be revealed as the tip of the iceberg, sending a tsunami through the criminal justice, social services, and health care systems. SAMHSA best practice Medication Assisted Treatment is capable of managing most cases on an outpatient basis avoiding a progressive deterioration, costly to individuals and taxpayers. Communities must act now.
  • Warning Signs of Prescription Painkiller Addiction

    Exponential growth in addiction met with a dramatic reduction in supply, creates a situation where a large number of people get sick and desperate. Prices spike as addicts clamor to find the drugs they need so badly. Alternative, and often illegal, methods for raising funds are employed. Progressively risky behavior and criminal associations occur. People lose jobs, lose housing, and lose families, dismantling a network of support systems that are challenging, if not impossible, to rebuild. The magnitude of people potentially involved will send shockwaves through the criminal justice, social services, health care, and criminal justice service delivery systems as...
  • McCain's Reform Prescription

    05/03/2008 10:26:04 AM PDT · by The_Republican · 3 replies · 76+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | May 3rd, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    If there's just one candidate of change this fall, John McCain will be the Horatio Seymour or James Cox of 2008 - a presidential also-ran all but forgotten to history. The only way McCain can hold the White House for the Republicans is if he trumps his opponent on values and national security and sells the public on a domestic reform agenda that keeps Democrats from sole ownership of the theme of change. Otherwise, Barack Obama will out-inspire him, or Hillary Clinton out-policy him, in a classic out-with-the-old election. McCain would seem a natural candidate of reform, given how often...
  • The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise

    02/29/2008 6:46:55 PM PST · by BGHater · 19 replies · 1,497+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | Charles Barber
    The Medicated Americans: Antidepressant Prescriptions on the Rise Close to 10 percent of men and women in America are now taking drugs to combat depression. How did a once rare condition become so common? I am thinking of the Medicated Americans, those 11 percent of women and 5 percent of men who are taking antidepressants. It is Sunday night. The Medicated American—let’s call her Julie, and let’s place her in Winterset, Iowa—is getting ready for bed. Monday morning and its attendant pressures—the rush to get out of the house, the long commute, the bustle of the office—loom. She opens the...
  • West Virginia replaces Tennessee as No. 1 in prescription drug use (17.4 per person)

    02/06/2008 4:34:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 59 replies · 147+ views
    West Virginia replaces Tennessee as No. 1 in prescription drug useby The Associated Press Wednesday February 6, 2008 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A report shows Tennessee has lost the top national ranking of per capita prescription drug use to West Virginia. The report by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee shows West Virginia took the lead, with 17.4 prescriptions per capita in 2006, compared with 16.9 prescriptions per person in Tennessee. The report uses data from drug company Novartis' most recent Pharmacy Benefit Report. Tennessee's rates dropped 6.6 percent from 18.1 prescriptions in 2004. The drug use rates remain well above...
  • PELOSI'S PRESCRIPTION FOR FAILURE (plays politics with funding for U.S. troops in Iraq)

    11/09/2007 6:09:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies · 82+ views
    NY Post ^ | 11/09/07
    PELOSI'S PRESCRIPTION FOR FAILURE November 9, 2007 -- Next time Nancy Pelosi tries to play politics with funding for U.S. troops in Iraq, she might want to check the newspaper first. Pelosi announced yesterday that House Democrats would bring a vote, possibly as early as today, to insert a host of mission-hampering conditions into an appropriations bill needed to sustain the American effort. Her bill would designate $50 billion over the next four months for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan - provided that President Bush immediately begin to draw down forces in Iraq, with all major combat operations to...
  • Changes ahead for Medicare drug program

    11/04/2007 9:01:44 PM PST · by Woodstock · 4 replies · 49+ views
    Associated Press / ^ | Nov 3, 2007 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON - Nearly 2 million low-income Medicare participants could be switched to different insurance plans for their prescription drug coverage next year. Millions more will have to shop around if they want to avoid double-digit increases in their monthly premiums. The reassignment of the poorest beneficiaries and the higher premiums for many others are just two reasons why seniors and the disabled may want to look into other plans as the Medicare drug benefit enters its third year. The shopping season officially begins Nov. 15 — the first day of an open enrollment period that continues through Dec. 31. Advocacy...
  • Drug benefit premium to rise next year

    08/13/2007 7:07:40 PM PDT · by libertarianPA · 7 replies · 379+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 8/13/07 | KEVIN FREKING
    WASHINGTON - Many seniors and the disabled will need to shop around next year to avoid an increase in their monthly premiums for the Medicare drug benefit. Medicare officials announced Monday that the average premium for basic coverage will increase from about $22 this year to $25 next year. About 24 million elderly and disabled people are enrolled in the drug benefit or in more comprehensive health plans that include drug coverage. The federal government subsidizes the cost of the insurance coverage, with the poorest participants getting extra help. Overall, the monthly premium is still much lower than the $41...
  • Limited English Proficiency Barrier To Safe Prescription Use

    08/07/2007 3:47:44 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 24 replies · 388+ views ^ | 08/07/07 | science daily
    Science Daily — An analysis of Milwaukee County pharmacies shows that about half don't provide prescription labels and instructions in languages other than English, and almost two-thirds are unable to communicate to patients who don't speak English. The study, included in the upcoming edition of Pediatrics, is unusual in that its lead author is a Medical College of Wisconsin 4th-year medical student. Michael Bradshaw worked with statistician Sandra Tomany-Korman under the direction of Glenn Flores, M. D., professor of pediatrics. "Language barriers can have major adverse consequences in health care, but little is known about whether pharmacies provide adequate care...
  • Prescription Drugs Found in Fla. Sharks

    06/05/2007 11:59:27 AM PDT · by BGHater · 30 replies · 1,242+ views
    The Ledger ^ | 03 June 2007 | The Ledger
    SARASOTA - Sharks in one Florida river are getting a dose of human medicine, and now scientists want to know if it's a prescription for trouble. Scientists recently found traces of prescription antidepressants, cholesterol-lowering drugs and synthetic estrogens in the blood of young bull sharks in the Caloosahatchee River on Florida's southwest Gulf Coast. This summer, they'll study the issue more widely. On Friday, scientists with Mote Marine Laboratory fished for bull sharks as part of research to find out what drugs the sharks encounter most and whether the doses are large enough to alter how they behave and reproduce....
  • Prescription drug sales rise 8.3 percent

    03/09/2007 1:22:29 PM PST · by libertarianPA · 4 replies · 279+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 3/9/07 | THERESA AGOVINO
    NEW YORK - U.S. prescription drug sales rose 8.3 percent to $274.9 billion last year, fueled by the Medicare drug benefit, increased use of generic medicines and new treatments for diseases such as cancer and diabetes, according to a new report. This year, the pace of sales growth is expected to slow but remain in a compounded annual rate of between 6 percent and 9 percent through 2010 as the Medicare drug benefit is annualized and more generic products enter the market, according to the report released late Thursday by IMS Health. IMS Health provides data to the pharmaceutical and...
  • Prescription drug plan unaffordable: official

    03/05/2007 9:55:21 AM PST · by bluebeak · 62 replies · 820+ views
    Reuters ^ | 03/05/2007 | Reuters
    A prescription drug benefit of the U.S. Medicare program is a "financially irresponsible" addition to a system that was already on course for possible bankruptcy, the U.S. government's top accountant said in an interview on Sunday. "The prescription drug bill is probably the most fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation since the 1960s ... because we promise way more than we can afford to keep," U.S. Comptroller General David Walker said on CBS' "60 Minutes." "The prescription drug bill is probably the most fiscally irresponsible piece of legislation since the 1960s ... because we promise way more than we can afford...
  • Source: Illegal Drugs Found In Anna Nicole's Room

    02/08/2007 9:47:42 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 15 replies · 930+ views
    Friday Morning Autopsy Expected To Shed More Light (CBS) LOS ANGELES -- CBS 2 has learned that while searching Anna Nicole Smith's hotel room late Thursday afternoon investigators found two key pieces of evidence -- illegal narcotics and prescription medications. Now, a toxicology report will determine whether one of these drugs or a combination of both substances contributed to her death. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Smith, 39, collapsed and was unresponsive while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Casino, said the attorney, Ron Rale. She was rushed to Memorial Regional...
  • Snag in $4 Wal-Mart Drugs (California)

    12/02/2006 1:31:44 PM PST · by ArmstedFragg · 15 replies · 1,215+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | Dec. 2, 2006 | Dale Kasler
    The $4 generic drug plan at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has arrived in California with dozens of drugs priced at $9. The world's largest retailer said Friday that 55 different drugs will be sold for $9 in California and eight other states to conform with "loss leader" statutes.
  • Rush Limbaugh Live Thread Friday Oct 20, 2006

    10/20/2006 8:16:21 AM PDT · by MNJohnnie · 714 replies · 9,798+ views ^ | 10-20-2006 | Rush Limbaugh LEAK IN THE HOUSE (House Intelligence Chairman suspendeds Dem staffer for leak to NY Times) Posted on 10/20/2006 8:03:17 AM CDT by Uncledave Leak in the House [Kathryn Jean Lopez] By KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writer House Intelligence Chairman Peter Hoekstra has suspended a Democratic staff member because of concerns he may have leaked a high-level intelligence assessment to The New York Times last month. In a letter obtained by The Associated Press Thursday night, Rep. Ray LaHood (news, bio, voting record), R-Ill., a committee member, said that an unidentified staffer requested the document from National Intelligence Director John...
  • Arnold's Raw Deal (Schwarzenegger tries to sell price controls, discounts for prescribed meds)

    08/16/2006 9:42:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 307+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 8/16/06 | Sally C. Pipes
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is promoting his new discount drug plan as a "voluntary" agreement between pharmaceutical companies and the State of California. But it's more like a raw deal. The California Prescription Drug Initiative calls upon drug manufacturers to offer five million low-income Californians huge discounts on prescription medications--up to 40% on brand-name drugs and a whopping 60% on generics. Presumably, drug companies should offer these discounts out of the goodness in their hearts. But if they don't comply? Well, then they'll be coerced by the Terminator. Companies failing to sell drugs at the government-imposed discount prices within five years...
  • Schwarzenegger to unveil prescription drug discount plan

    07/21/2006 8:08:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 382+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 7/21/06 | Laura Kurtzman - ap
    SACRAMENTO Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will propose a new plan Saturday requiring drug companies to give discounts to low-income residents within five years or face state sanctions, Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe said Friday. The plan is similar to Democratic proposals the governor has rejected in the past. Under the new proposal, drug companies would have five years to offer discounts to people who earn less than three times the federal poverty level, or about $60,000 a year for a family of four. Companies that do not cooperate could be cut out of the state's Medi-Cal program, which provides...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 05-06-06

    05/06/2006 8:46:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 511+ views ^ | 05-06-06 | Georoge W. Bush
      For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryMay 6, 2006 President's Radio Address       Audio      In Focus: Medicare      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Today I want to talk with you about the new Medicare prescription drug coverage that went into effect at the start of this year. Everyone on Medicare is eligible for this new coverage, but the enrollment deadline of May 15th is just over a week away. For those of you with Medicare who have not yet signed up, it is important for you to review your options and choose a plan. By enrolling before the deadline, you...
  • Prescribing of hyperactivity drugs is out of control

    04/03/2006 12:55:49 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 38 replies · 839+ views
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    01/24/2006 11:18:26 AM PST · by xzins · 41 replies · 784+ views
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