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  • Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule (won't pay for pain relief pills)

    07/19/2014 2:49:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Susan Jaffe
    Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescriptions through their Part D drug plans until first confirming that the prescriptions were not covered by hospice providers. Drugs related to palliative and comfort care are supposed to be covered under the fixed rate payments to the hospice. Medicare announced Friday that the rules would be revised so that the additional authorization would be required for only four types of medications: pain relievers, anti-nauseants, laxatives, and anti-anxiety drugs that are “nearly always” considered hospice-related.
  • FedEx Accused of Conspiracy to Distribute Prescription Drugs for Online Pharmacies

    07/17/2014 9:52:44 PM PDT · by Innovative · 47 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Andrew Blankstein and Pete Williams
    Federal Express was indicted Thursday on federal charges alleging that it distributed prescription drugs and other controlled substances to people that the company knew had no prescriptions on behalf of illegal Internet pharmacies. "We want to be clear what's at stake here: The government is suggesting that FedEx assume criminal responsibility for the legality of the contents of the millions of packages that we pick up and deliver every day,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, a senior FedEx official. “We are a transportation company -- we are not law enforcement. We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We...
  • How to get generic drugs even cheaper Rx prices can vary by $170 among retailers

    01/05/2014 9:39:36 AM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 29 replies
    Clark Howard.com ^ | 8-19-13 | Clark Howard
    Generic drugs now account for well over 80% of all prescriptions. Just 10 years ago, less than half of drugs sold were generics. Much of the growth is because employers make generics extra-affordable through mail order programs (pharmacy benefits managers). Then you also have the grocery stores and big box retailers who do $4 generics. Meanwhile, a lot of breakthrough drugs that were patent protected are no longer so and are now selling as generics. But what you don't know about the pricing of generics can hurt your wallet. The big pharmacy chains discount generics 30% from the brand name...
  • Prescription drug abuse kills: action in 4 areas to lower abuse

    12/28/2013 10:33:19 PM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 43 replies
    Emaxhealth ^ | 2013-12-27 | Dr. Harold Mandell
    There has been growing awareness of the power of prescription medications to kill. The problem is so serious it should be ranked alongside illicit drug abuse and alcohol abuse as primary critical health hazards in the United States and elsewhere across the world. High profile deaths from prescription drugs, such as that of Michael Jackson, helps to highlight how serious this problem is. Many other people are also dead and dying from prescription drugs. The time to act on this problem is now. Prescription drug abuse has been labelled as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...
  • 7 Important medications running low in U.S. Hospitals

    11/02/2013 10:28:41 AM PDT · by Armen Hareyan · 24 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-11-02 11:10 | Tracy Woolrich
    These seven drugs are running short in US hospitals. What is the cause of the drug shortage when considering the power of the pharmaceutical industry. How can we get them back to the hospital shelves. Drug shortages are nothing new, In fact, in 2011, there were 251 drug shortages reported by the FDA. 183 of those involved sterile injectable drugs. In 2012, there was less with only 117 new drug shortages, 84 of which involved sterile injectable drugs. Fortunately through early notifications from manufacturers the FDA has been able to prevent 282 shortages last year and numerous times this year...
  • Obamacare Sticker Shock: Taxing Over 15,000 Medicines

    10/14/2010 6:42:43 AM PDT · by kristinn · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2010 | Connie Hair
    Nancy Pelosi warned us we’d have to pass Obamacare to find out what’s in it. And what we’re finding we don’t like at all. Higher insurance premiums are hitting families hard. Medicare Advantage has been decimated. Millions will be forced into government-run Medicaid where long lines and rationing await. If we like our insurance -- too bad. Beginning January 1, 2011, more than 15,000 over-the-counter (OTC) health care items will require a prescription (and that means a doctor’s visit) for tax-free reimbursement. Under Obamacare, OTC drugs cannot be reimbursed tax-free from Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)...
  • God Bless You, Sen. Feinstein

    02/17/2013 6:41:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 17, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein began her war on allergy and cold sufferers in 2005. In an effort to prevent small-time dealers from buying allergy and cold drugs and cooking them into methamphetamine, she pushed through legislation requiring consumers to show identification before purchasing products with pseudoephedrine -- otherwise known as the good allergy drugs, known only to those who know enough to ask for them. Now Feinstein wants to make you get a prescription from a doctor before you buy these drugs. In 2005, I thought Feinstein's Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act wrongly punished law-abiding citizens by limiting their access to over-the-counter...
  • Mayor Bloomberg, M.D.

    01/16/2013 9:54:53 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 16, 2013 | Bob Barr
    New York’s penal code makes it a felony to practice medicine without a license. I suspect, however, that one potential defendant who is proposing to do just that, will escape prosecution. Meet “Mayor Bloomberg, M.D.” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg never attended medical school, did not complete a hospital residency, and never has been admitted to the medical profession. Yet this public official – whose ire in recent years has targeted firearms, salt content, fatty foods, and large-sized soft drinks – is now moving to dictate how doctors should be allowed to issue prescription drugs for their patients. Bloomberg’s...
  • Interesting Accounting.

    You can find out interesting links between school shooting, and "psycho" drugs, using by perpetrator. at http://ssristories.com/index.php?sort=date&p=school
  • 'Take Back' Initiative Helps Public Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs

    06/03/2011 2:48:31 PM PDT · by MosesmomS · 4 replies
    Associated Content ^ | June 02, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    According to local officials in one small community in Southern Illinois, this spring a program, known as the National Take Back Initiative, meant to keep unused and outdated prescription drugs out of the wrong hands and as a way to let the public safely dispose of unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs, has removed over 50 pounds out of people's medicine cabinets.
  • It's ok a doctor prescribed it!

    05/08/2011 12:34:35 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 30 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 7th 2011 | John Terrett
    In the United States the number of people hospitalised for prescription drug abuse has increased four hundred percent in the past ten years. The small town of Portsmouth, Ohio is the epicentre of the problem. Over thirty people - many in their early twenties - have died from prescription drug abuse. One in ten babies born in Scioto County (Sy-oh-toe) last year tested positive for drugs. Fatal overdoses have surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio. I met Andrea Queen, a reformed abuser at her new place of work in Portsmouth a clinic helping today's...
  • Rx Drug Shortages Hit All-Time High

    04/20/2011 4:15:05 PM PDT · by bvw · 87 replies · 1+ views
    MedPage Today ^ | March 28, 2011 | Emily P. Walker
    WASHINGTON -- The number of prescription drugs in short supply has more than tripled since 2005 and shortages are now more frequent than ever, [] Premier Healthcare Alliance -- a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals -- surveyed 311 pharmacy experts at hospitals and other facilities, such as surgery centers and long-term care facilities, about shortages during a six month period in 2010. The survey found that 89% had experienced shortages that may have caused a medication safety issue or error in patient care. Eight out of 10 times a shortage occurred, the patient's care was delayed...
  • Cat litter box allegedly weapon of choice (Floriduh catfight)

    07/06/2010 1:50:15 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 30 replies · 2+ views
    UPI ^ | July 3 2010 | no byline
    A Florida woman was jailed after allegedly assaulting her girlfriend with a feces-filled cat litter box, authorities say. New Port Richey police said Kristin Stiehler allegedly attacked Rachel Switzer Wednesday after Switzer refused to give her Roxicodone pills, the St. Petersburg Times reported Friday. Stiehler allegedly broke through their bedroom door, picked up the litter box and went after Switzer with it. Police said Switzer wound up with cat feces on her face, hair and ears, and cat litter coating her hair, the newspaper said. Switzer alleges she also was slapped and choked by Stiehler. Stiehler was being held without...
  • Ct Atty Gen Investigating CVS Threat To Terminate Discount Drug Program

    06/28/2010 7:45:48 AM PDT · by YankeeReb · 18 replies · 1+ views
    CTWatchdog.com ^ | Jun 23, 2010 | By George Gombossy
    Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal Wednesday announced an investigation of CVS Caremark’s threat to terminate a consumer discount drug program because the law requires the chain to extend the same discounts to the state’s Medicaid program. Blumenthal, in cooperation with Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) Commissioner Jerry Farrell, Jr., has sent CVS Caremark a subpoena demanding the company explain why providing the discounts to the state Medicaid program would result in termination of its Health Savings Pass program in Connecticut and other information. His actions followed a request from Governor M. Jodi Rell, who last week asked Blumenthal to review...
  • AP: Say, guess what we just found in ObamaCare! (retirees likely to drop prescription drug coverage)

    03/26/2010 6:10:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies · 3,287+ views
    Hotair ^ | 03/26/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    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...
  • Once Obama's target, lobbyist Tauzin now his pet

    01/06/2010 11:21:37 AM PST · by Def Conservative · 4 replies · 312+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Timothy Carney
    White House visitor logs dumped late in the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve show that Billy Tauzin, the top lobbyist for the prescription drug industry and once a favorite target of Barack Obama, visited the White House at least 11 times in Obama's first six months in office. The White House's open door for Tauzin, whom candidate Obama attacked as the embodiment of the revolving door and the corrupt collusion between politicians and industry, further dismantles the myth of Obama as the scourge of special interests. It also bolsters the conclusion that health care "reform" has become a...
  • President Obama writes a new health reform prescription

    12/16/2009 8:15:21 AM PST · by opentalk · 5 replies · 429+ views
    Democrats for sale,/ Washington post ^ | December 16, 2009 | Dana milbank
    One more item added to what candidate Obama said on the campaign trail about prescription drugs (see bolded paragraph) and what President Obama who cut a deal with drug companies has to say. No wonder Obama's poll numbers are falling so rapidly as he continues to do a 180 from what he said on the campaign trail. When we first heard about Obama's ties to radicals like Communist Frank Davis who was his mentor, Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dohrn, Louis Farrakhan, and others we suspected he would lurch to the left if he was elected. That said, his lurch to the...
  • Obama's mother-of-all broken campaign promises on prescription drugs

    12/16/2009 7:08:01 AM PST · by Bill Dupray · 5 replies · 501+ views
    Patriot Room ^ | December 16, 2009 | Bill Dupray
    Yeah, I know they all break campaign promises, but this has to be among the brassiest, most cynical and craven political lies in decades. As you listen to this promise (it's short, watch the whole thing), is there a single thing that Obama says about crooked, back-room dealing politicians in bed with the pharmaceutical companies that doesn't apply to directly to him this morning?
  • CBO: House bill could make some seniors pay more

    08/28/2009 3:30:17 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2009 | ERICA WERNER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some seniors could end up paying 20 percent more for their Medicare prescription drug plans under health care legislation in the House. But overall prescription drug spending would decrease for seniors on average under the bill, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday in a new report. Seniors spending more on prescription drugs would be the ones to benefit under the legislation, while those who spend a relatively small amount on drugs would stand to take a hit, CBO said. The agency did not estimate how many seniors would fall into each category.
  • McCain, Kyl split on drug imports [McCain sides with Obama]

    07/13/2009 12:14:03 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 760+ views
    The Business Journal, Phoenix, Ariz. ^ | 2009-07-13 | Mike Sunnucks
    Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl split as the U.S. Senate approved a measure Friday that would allow consumers to buy prescription drugs from foreign markets. McCain voted for the measure, which passed 55 to 36. Kyl voted against it, saying he is concerned about safety and oversight issues. The Senate plan needs to be reconciled with a similar drug importation plan from the U.S. House of Representatives. . . . . . The Bush administration had opposed drug imports, but the new Obama administration has been more open to the idea.
  • Prescription drug overdose deaths soar in Florida [government database coming soon]

    07/01/2009 3:19:29 PM PDT · by daivid · 5 replies · 347+ views
    Nearly 1,000 deaths were caused in 2008 by the potent painkiller oxycodone -- a 33 percent increase from 2007, the report says. Four years ago, only 340 deaths statewide were attributed to oxycodone, the most popular drug in the black-market pill trade supplied by pain clinics. Conversely, deaths from cocaine overdoses declined by 23 percent, to 648 in 2008. Overall, prescription drugs accounted for 75 percent of the drugs found in overdose victims last year, the report says.
  • Obama announces ($80B) agreement with drug companies

    06/22/2009 11:14:48 AM PDT · by wk4bush2004 · 21 replies · 673+ views
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the pharmaceutical industry's agreement to help close a gap in Medicare's drug coverage, calling the pact a step forward in the push for overhaul of the nation's health care system. Obama said that drug companies have pledged to spend $80 billion over the next decade to help reduce the cost of drugs for seniors and pay for a portion of Obama's health care legislation.
  • Spat between Reid and McCain delays tobacco bill [McCain prescription drug importation amendment]

    06/04/2009 8:30:39 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 576+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-06-04 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) expressed his frustration with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) Thursday evening for holding up a wide-ranging tobacco regulation bill. McCain has delayed action by insisting on a vote on an amendment to ease the re-importation of prescription drugs from foreign countries such as Canada. Reid claims the amendment is not germane and has resisted giving in to McCain, creating a logjam on the Senate floor. “One senator has held this up and that's the way things can happen around here,” said Reid. “It's unfortunate, but it does happen. “We've worked for a couple of days...
  • Calif. Bill Would Require Rx For Cold Pills

    06/02/2009 10:01:51 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 1,815+ views
    June 02, 2009
    Calif. bill would require Rx for cold pills Tuesday, June 2, 2009 A crime-fighting bill moving through the California Legislature would force patients to get a doctor's prescription to buy a common remedy for stuffy noses. The measure by Sen. Rod Wright, an Inglewood Democrat, would make it an infraction or misdemeanor to obtain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine or related drugs without a prescription. Those are common ingredients in cold medicines, but they're also used to make illegal methamphetamine. Wright says he wants to get them out of drug dealers' hands. But Sen. Sam Aanestad, an oral surgeon and Republican from Grass...
  • Hackers Break Into Virginia Health Professions Database, Demand Ransom

    05/05/2009 4:39:41 PM PDT · by Flavius · 19 replies · 963+ views
    washington post ^ | 5/5/09 | washington post
    Hackers last week broke into a Virginia state Web site used by pharmacists to track prescription drug abuse. They deleted records on more than 8 million patients and replaced the site's homepage with a ransom note demanding $10 million for the return of the records, according to a posting on Wikileaks.org, an online clearinghouse for leaked documents. Wikileaks reports that the Web site for the Virginia Prescription Monitoring Program was defaced last week with a message claiming that the database of prescriptions had been bundled into an encrypted, password-protected file.
  • Dorga, Snowe, McCain, Stabenow Introduce Bipartisan Prescription Drug Importation Bill

    03/04/2009 7:28:00 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,136+ views
    Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) introduced critical drug importation legislation today that will reduce the cost of prescription drugs in the United States. The Senators said their legislation, the “Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act,” will bring consumers immediate relief and will ultimately force the pharmaceutical industry to lower drug prices in the United States. The Congressional Budget Office estimates the bill would save American consumers $50 billion over the next decade, including more than $10 billion in federal government savings. The bill allows U.S.-licensed pharmacies...
  • McCain Pushes Drug-Import Bill Sought by Obama Budget [McCain-Snowe-Dorgan-Obama]

    03/04/2009 10:30:44 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 938+ views
    Bloomberg | 2009-03-04 | Tom Randall
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  • Bush Health Legacy

    01/09/2009 12:42:02 PM PST · by meandog · 5 replies · 430+ views
    ASK the average American about President Bush's health-care legacy and the most likely response is a snort. After all, didn't he refuse to fund medical aid for kids? Hasn't he spent billions on the Iraq war while shorting human needs at home? It's time to look at facts: Mr. Bush's record on health will stand as a great contribution to the well-being of mankind. Take, for example, the doubling of federal funding for community health centers since Mr. Bush took office. These not-for-profit agencies operate in underserved areas and treat people regardless of their ability to pay. According to The...
  • Obama's Mansion, Saddam's Money..............(connection to Obama, who personally benefited )

    10/29/2008 3:36:08 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 19 replies · 1,775+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | Daniel Pipes
    Barack Obama appears to have personally benefited from funds originating in Saddam Hussein's regime. It's a complicated connection, but one that deserves the consideration of Americans voters. Two similar figures, Nadhmi Auchi and Antoin S. "Tony" Rezko, served as the intermediaries. Both are Middle Eastern males of Catholic Christian heritage who left Baathist dictatorships for Western cities (Auchi from Iraq to London, Rezko from Syria to Chicago). Both became successful businessmen who hobnobbed with politicians and promoted Arab interests. Both have been convicted of taking kickbacks and both stand accused of other shady dealings. Auchi, born in 1937, is the...
  • FDA warns on Ranbaxy Indian-made drugs [CostCo drug provider]

    09/16/2008 12:38:20 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 14 replies · 1,014+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | Sept. 16, 2008 | Val Brickates Kennedy
    Last update: 3:30 p.m. EDT BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it has determined that two Indian manufacturing plants operated by Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. are not in compliance due to "serious manufacturing deficiencies." As a result, U.S. border officials may detain any products made at the facilities ... The plants make active ingredients for more than 30 generic drugs. ...
  • Risks Found for Youths in New Antipsychotics

    09/16/2008 12:23:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 316+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 15, 2008 | BENEDICT CAREY
    A new government study published Monday has found that the medicines most often prescribed for schizophrenia in children and adolescents are no more effective than older, less expensive drugs and are more likely to cause some harmful side effects. The standards for treating the disorder should be changed to include some older medications that have fallen out of use, the study’s authors said. The results, being published online by The American Journal of Psychiatry, are likely to alter treatment for an estimated one million children and teenagers with schizophrenia and to intensify a broader controversy in child psychiatry over the...
  • Panexa: Important Safety Information from Merd Pharmaceutical

    08/25/2008 4:49:07 PM PDT · by gitmo · 7 replies · 263+ views
    Merd Pharmacutical ^ | August 2008
    PLEASE READ THIS SUMMARY CAREFULLY, THEN ASK YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT PANEXA AND HOW TO PROVIDE YOU WITH LARGE QUANTITIES. THIS ADVERTISEMENT DOES NOT TAKE THE PLACE OF ADVICE FROM YOUR DOCTOR; RATHER, IT PROVIDES YOU WITH NEW INFORMATION ABOUT NEW DRUGS YOU COULD BE USING.
  • Trial Bar Tales

    08/22/2008 5:58:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies · 113+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 22, 2008
    Tort Reform: A man who blamed his compulsive gambling and the losses he incurred on a prescription drug was awarded nearly $8.2 million by a jury. It's a good bet that his jackpot comes at the expense of others.Gary Charbonneau, a retired Milwaukee police officer, gambled before he took Mirapex and gambled after he got off the medication. According to reports, Charbonneau admitted that he took Mirapex for more than four years, 1997 to 2002, before he became a compulsive gambler. Yet a Minnesota jury generously awarded him $204,000 on July 30 to cover his gambling losses, $175,000 for his...
  • Study Questions Cost-Effectiveness Of Gardisil Cervical-Cancer Vaccine

    08/21/2008 6:41:32 AM PDT · by Gondring · 11 replies · 115+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 21, 2008 | PETER LOFTUS
    A new study suggests that giving Merck & Co.'s cervical-cancer vaccine Gardasil to women through their mid-20s may not be worth the price, despite U.S. recommendations that this age group receive the costly shot. The study, published online Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine, comes as Merck already is having difficulty persuading college-age and older women to get the vaccine, which was introduced in 2006 and costs about $360 for a three-dose regimen. [...] Ms. Kim and Harvard colleague Sue Goldie concluded that it cost about $43,600 per "quality-adjusted life year" gained, when HPV vaccine is administered to...
  • Judge Orders Drug Maker to Provide Experimental Treatment to Terminally Ill Teenager

    08/21/2008 4:54:27 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies · 144+ views
    New York Times ^ | Aug 20, 2008 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
    A 16-year-old patient, terminally ill with a rare form of muscular dystrophy, should be allowed to use an experimental drug treatment despite objections from the drug’s developer, a federal judge in Newark ruled on Wednesday. The case, which touches on major ethical issues, is being closely watched by the pharmaceutical industry. Under the ruling, Jacob Gunvalson, of Gonvick, Minn., would be able to start taking a drug intended to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare and fatal disease that strikes boys and young men. The developer, PTC Therapeutics of South Plainfield, N.J., contends that Jacob does not meet the criteria...
  • The Real Truth about Drug Companies - Developmental issues.

    08/19/2008 9:27:33 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies · 213+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 19, 2008 | Henry I. Miller
    August 19, 2008, 6:00 a.m. The Real Truth about Drug CompaniesDevelopmental issues. By Henry I. Miller I never knew my maternal grandparents. During the 19-teens, my maternal grandmother died of a wound infection following a routine gall-bladder operation. A few years later, her husband, my grandfather, suffered a fatal stroke brought on by untreated high blood pressure. Both were in their thirties. Neither occurrence was uncommon back then, but a half century of new drugs has changed that. Thanks to a research-intensive (and, therefore, capital-intensive) pharmaceutical industry, pharmacy shelves now contain dozens of antibiotics and blood pressure medications. Similar...
  • 8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take

    08/12/2008 6:55:21 PM PDT · by yorkie · 44 replies · 764+ views
    Men's Health; MSN ^ | August | Morgan Lord
    With 3,480 pages of fine print, the Physicians' Desk Reference (a.k.a. PDR) is not a quick read. That's because it contains every iota of information on more than 4,000 prescription medications. Heck, the PDR is medication — a humongous sleeping pill. Doctors count on this compendium to help them make smart prescribing decisions — in other words, to choose drugs that will solve their patients' medical problems without creating new ones. Unfortunately, it seems some doctors rarely pull the PDR off the shelf. Or if they do crack it open, they don't stay versed on emerging research that may suddenly...
  • Ten Most Medicated States (WV is #1)

    08/12/2008 3:35:06 AM PDT · by GOP_Raider · 7 replies · 87+ views
    Forbes Magazine ^ | July 23, 2008 | Allison Van Dusen
    You probably never stopped to think if where you live has anything to do with the number of prescription medications you're taking. But if you live in the American South, chances are you take more medications than you would if you lived on the other side of the Mason-Dixon Line. In fact, when it comes to residents popping the largest numbers of pills, Southern states beat the average by a long shot. States filled an average 11.1 retail prescriptions per capita in 2006, according to the latest figures compiled by the non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation's statehealthfacts.org and Vector One: National,...
  • Essential Profits

    08/11/2008 5:40:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies · 87+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 11, 2008
    Politics: With gasoline and oil prices going down, what's a crusading lawmaker to do? Change gears and go after the next capitalist monster.The latest dragon to be slain is the one that makes life-enhancing and lifesaving drugs. Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Charles Schumer of New York, Democrats both, asked the Government Accountability Office last week to investigate price hikes in the pharmaceutical industry. This follows Klobuchar's request in April that the Federal Trade Commission open a probe of Ovation Pharmaceuticals, a company that raised prices on four medications in 2006 by up to 3,436%, USA Today reports. Express...
  • Rangel, Levin, Emanuel,Van Hollen Jeopardize World’s Health

    08/06/2008 2:49:24 PM PDT · by nateriver · 1 replies · 127+ views
    Rangel, Levin, Emanuel, Van Hollen’s stance against Intellectual Property Rights will increase the risk of creating drug-resistant strains of the world’s most dangerous viruses. In addition it allows countries like Thailand to shift important healthcare spending to bolstering their politically present military.
  • Toxic Drugs, Toxic System: Sociologist Predicts Drug Disasters

    08/05/2008 6:34:48 AM PDT · by fightinJAG · 17 replies · 206+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 5, 2008 | staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2008) — Americans are likely to be exposed to unacceptable side effects of FDA-approved drugs such as Vioxx in the future because of fatal flaws in the way new drugs are tested and marketed, according to research to be presented today at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). "Drug disasters are literally built into the current system of drug testing and approvals in the United States," said Donald Light, the sociologist who authored the study and a professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. "Recent changes...
  • Statins versus dementia

    07/28/2008 10:26:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 95+ views
    Science News ^ | July 28th, 2008 | Nathan Seppa
    Drugs designed to fight cholesterol might also prevent Alzheimer’s and other dementia Older people taking statin drugs are less likely to develop dementia than their counterparts who don’t take the pills, a study in the July 29 Neurology suggests. While the provocative finding offers hope that the cholesterol-reducing drugs might help against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, scientists say this study is unlikely to be the last word on the topic. Indeed, it may just fuel an already lively debate over statins’ potential effect on dementia. Some research has hinted at benefits, while other studies, particularly in people...
  • Risks of Reimportation

    07/17/2008 8:09:44 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 19 replies · 166+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 17 july 08 | Lawrence A. Hunter
    American consumers have come to expect warning labels on products that might pose a risk. But Congress is considering allowing the mass (re)importation of drugs that originated outside the safety and security of the U.S. chain of custody, without so much as requiring a warning label. This is a very risky business. If Congress is going to adopt such legislation, Americans deserve to be put on notice. That's why all (re)imported drugs should be required to carry a warning label: "WARNING: THIS DRUG LEFT THE U.S. CHAIN OF CUSTODY AND THEREFORE ITS SAFETY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED
  • Gadfly or Watchdog?

    07/15/2008 3:32:58 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 107+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 15, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Gadfly or Watchdog? by: Bethany Stotts, July 15, 2008 Some controversies never die. As Accuracy in Academia recently reported, Dr. Alan Schatzberg and around thirty medical researchers are now under investigation by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for financial conflicts of interest. In Dr. Schatzberg’s case, the conflicts reach as far back as 1998, when he co-founded the company that purchased a patent for mifepristone from Stanford University, his then (and current) employer. To this day Dr. Schatzberg continues as the principal investigator on Stanford’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to study the anti-depressant effects of mifepristone, an abortion drug....
  • Drug Industry to Announce Revised Code on Marketing

    07/13/2008 5:51:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 150+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 10, 2008 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON — The pens, pads, mugs and other gifts that drug makers have long showered on doctors will be banned from pharmaceutical marketing campaigns under a voluntary guideline that the industry is expected to announce Thursday. The industry’s Code on Interactions with Health Care Professionals will ask the chief executives of large drug makers to certify in writing that “they have policies and procedures in place to foster compliance with the code.” The code was written by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the industry’s trade association. But the code provides no definite limits on the millions of dollars...
  • Psychiatric Group Faces Scrutiny Over Drug Industry Ties

    07/12/2008 12:01:39 AM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 363+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 12, 2008 | BENEDICT CAREY and GARDINER HARRIS
    It seemed an ideal marriage, a scientific partnership that would attack mental illness from all sides. Psychiatrists would bring to the union their expertise and clinical experience, drug makers would provide their products and the money to run rigorous studies, and patients would get better medications, faster... --snip-- An analysis of Minnesota data by The New York Times last year found that on average, psychiatrists who received at least $5,000 from makers of newer-generation antipsychotic drugs appear to have written three times as many prescriptions to children for the drugs as psychiatrists who received less money or none. The drugs...
  • Feds say Indian drugmaker may have falsified records (generics did not meet federal standards)

    07/11/2008 2:39:47 PM PDT · by Liz · 5 replies · 189+ views
    NJ.COM ^ | Friday July 11, 2008 | George Jordan/The Star-Ledger
    Federal prosecutors are investigating Indian generic drugmaker Ranbaxy for allegedly falsifying records that resulted in the production and sale of generic medicines that did not meet federal standards. The government alleges officials at Ranbaxy's northern India plant used raw pharmaceutical chemicals from unapproved sources, fabricated in-house test data to meet FDA standards and attempted to conceal the ruse. The "pattern of systemic fradulent conduct," left an untold portion of the tablets and capsules too weak, too potent or lacking the advertised shelf life, said government papers filed in US District Court, Maryland.
  • Cholesterol Screening Is Urged for Young

    07/06/2008 11:32:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 67 replies · 1,286+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 7, 2008 | TARA PARKER-POPE
    The nation’s pediatricians are recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs starting as early as the age of 8 in hopes of preventing adult heart problems. The new guidelines were to be issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics on Monday. The push to aggressively screen and medicate for high cholesterol in children is certain to create controversy amid a continuing debate about the use of prescription drugs in children as well as the best approaches to ward off heart disease in adults. But proponents say there is growing evidence that the first signs...
  • Down on the pharms?

    07/03/2008 6:47:29 PM PDT · by TChad · 40 replies · 619+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7/03/2008 | Henry Miller
    ...the pharmaceutical industry has become a lightning rod for critics. For example, Marcia Angell, former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, blasted the drug industry in a much-publicized 2004 book, accusing it of profiteering and having become "a marketing machine to sell drugs of dubious benefit." She maintained the pharmaceutical industry's reputation for innovation is a myth, that it "feeds off the NIH" and that new drugs "nearly always stem from publicly supported research." ...Mr. Zycher and his colleagues concluded that scientific contributions of the private sector were essential for the discovery and/or development of virtually all the...
  • Academic Morning Afternoon Profits

    07/02/2008 1:51:53 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 7 replies · 163+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 2, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Academic Morning After Profits by: Bethany Stotts, July 02, 2008 This June the New York Times broke the story that two Harvard Professors, Dr. Joseph Biederman and Dr. Timothy Wilens, had only belatedly reported their considerable external financing from drug makers to their University. The evidence, revealed during a congressional investigation, may also cast suspicion on the dramatic increase in prescribed antipsychotics. As AIA has documented, some groups remain skeptical of the expansive definitions surrounding Attention Deficit Disorder diagnoses. Others are concerned by the rapid expansion of the use of psychotropic drugs among children. The investigation of the Harvard doctors,...