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  • Democratic Senators Propose Tax On Painkillers To Combat Opioid Epidemic

    03/17/2017 6:25:34 AM PDT · by kevcol · 57 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 17, 2017 | Steve Birr
    Democratic lawmakers introduced a proposal to place a fee on opioid prescriptions with the revenue going to combat rampant painkiller and heroin addiction across the U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal from Connecticut, a state hit hard by increases in drug overdoses, are calling for a one-cent per-milligram tax to be added to prescriptions for opiate-based painkillers.
  • Social Security checks get measly $3.92 bump in 2017

    10/19/2016 11:09:59 AM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 122 replies ^ | 10/19/2016 | Chris Isidore
    The typical retiree's monthly Social Security check will get only $3.92 bigger next year. That amounts to an increase of just 0.3% -- the smallest ever put in place to help cover higher prices. That's still an improvement from this year, when the lack of inflation kept benefits from increasing at all. The average retiree's monthly benefit is currently $1,305.30. "Over the last five years, Social Security COLA's have remained small or nonexistent," said AARP. "Every cent can matter to beneficiaries and their families. After last year's zero COLA, this year's announcement doesn't offer much help to the millions of...
  • 7-year-old tells bus driver her parents won’t wake up, police find them dead of drug overdose

    10/05/2016 5:45:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 83 replies
    Hot ^ | October 5, 2016 | JOHN SEXTON
    A 7-year-old girl in McKeesport, Pennsylvania got on the bus and went to school as normal Monday morning, but on the way home she told her bus driver she hadn’t been able to wake her parents. The bus driver alerted police who responded to the home. From the Washington Post: Inside the home, authorities found the bodies of Christopher Dilly, 26, and Jessica Lally, 25, dead of suspected drug overdoses, according to police.Also inside the home were three other children — 5, 3 and nine months old. Courney Lally, the deceased woman’s sister, had tried to alert authorities to the...
  • VISA Policies Curtail Consumer Access to Safe Medicines Online:(trunc)

    03/06/2015 1:01:39 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 12 replies
    pharmacychecker ^ | 12/14 | Gabriel Levitt
    Some consumers who order medication from safe international pharmacies are finding themselves unable to use their VISA credit cards. We hope that doesn’t interfere with their ability to access safe and affordable medication. What’s going on? Essentially, in taking actions to stop rogue online pharmacies from selling medication, VISA’s online pharmacy policy ends up discriminating against consumers seeking affordable medication from safe international online pharmacies. It appears that VISA has adopted the online pharmacy worldview of LegitScript, a verification service that categorizes safe international online pharmacies as “unapproved” (but not “rogue”) and teams up with big pharmaceutical companies and U.S....
  • Church of Scientology's CCHR Says Congress Should Look at Conflicts of Interest Influencing VA’s Fa

    09/28/2014 10:13:09 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 2 replies
    Church of Scientology's CCHR International [Church of Scientology's anti-psychiatry enforcement gr ^ | Sept. 11, 2014 | Kelly Patricia O’Meara, Church of Scientology
    [Full Title: CCHR Says Congress Should Look at Conflicts of Interest Influencing VA’s Failure to Investigate Psychotropic Drug Deaths] While Congress currently is focusing on the VA’s alleged poor quality of care due to long wait times for medical access, still little, to no, attention is being given to the hundreds of veteran cardiac arrests and suicides that occurred after being prescribed cocktails of dangerous psychotropic drugs, especially antipsychotics. Why? The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), the nation’s leading mental health watchdog, presented written testimony this year to Congressional hearings into military and veteran deaths and believes that conflicts...
  • The Growing Turf War over Who Can Fill Prescriptions

    06/08/2014 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | June 8, 2014 | Devon Herrick
    Drug therapy is growing more complex and costly! So-called specialty drugs are gradually displacing traditional drugs as the primary component of drug spending. The market is expanding rapidly. Only about 10 such drugs were available 20 years ago but today there are more than 300. These drugs typically treat medical conditions that are life-threatening, chronic and often rare. Cancer treatments are the most common type of specialty drugs, making up one-third of total. Drugs for autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease, medications for HIV and drugs for multiple sclerosis are responsible for another third of specialty drug spending....

    04/03/2014 2:19:20 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 8 replies
    rxrights ^ | april 03,2014 | rxrights
    There are a number of obstacles Americans will face this year related to access to affordable medicine. One of the most troublesome involves Section 708, a portion of the FDA Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187) passed in 2012. Section 708 requires the Secretary of Health Human Services (HHS) to establish rules regarding the seizure and destruction of imported medicines valued at $2500 or less. The proposed rules are set to be released on April 18. A minimum of 60 days review and comment period will follow. During this time, RxRights intends to mobilize our 75,000 members to respond on...
  • Adderall Addiction: Lessons from a Son's Suicide

    10/22/2013 1:01:21 PM PDT · by huldah1776 · 25 replies
    CBN News ^ | October 22, 2013 | Lorie Johnson
    Fourteen million young people between the ages of 20 and 40 take the prescription drug Adderall, or one like it, to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. Many who take it and even those who prescribe it believe it's helpful, or at least harmless. But that's not always the case. For Richard Fee, his Adderall addiction led to his suicide.
  • 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)...
  • "Big Brother" Prescription Tracking System Proposed

    05/01/2013 4:02:31 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 21 replies
    Tracking is a favorite federal activity. Two bills in Congress would create prescription-tracking systems, ostensibly to identify and locate counterfeit drugs: a bipartisan 85-page House bill and a bipartisan 107-page Senate bill. The Senate bill would track every unit of every medication. Bloomberg's BNA report calls it a "National Drug Track-and-Trace System." Every transaction, every change in ownership would have to be reported to the electronic federal tracking system. According to its authors, the Senate bill would replace a "patchwork of state product tracing laws with a strong, uniform standard that would ultimately result in electronic, interoperable unit level product...
  • Money Over Meds: Gov't Finds Americans Skipping Their Prescriptions To Save Money

    04/10/2013 3:50:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 21 replies ^ | April 10, 2013 | Christine Hsu
    A new government study released Tuesday reveals that many Americans, especially those under the age of 65, are skipping their prescription medications to save money.
  • 16 SHTF Barter Items to Stockpile

    09/11/2012 9:38:08 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 187 replies
    Debt ^ | March 12, 2012 | Tyler
    16 Things to Stockpile with High Barter Value Cigarettes. Soap Bullets Alcohol MRE's Silver Coins Detergent Water Bottles Matches and Lighters Sugar Toilet Paper Water Filters/Purifiers Bleach Batteries Candles
  • Colorado to Discuss Retinal Scans, Fingerprinting to Secure Prescription Drugs

    03/14/2012 3:36:58 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 28 replies
    Security Management ^ | 3-12-12 | Carlton Purvis
    A retinal scan to verify that the person filling the prescription is the same person it was prescribed to, patient data sent over encrypted communications to check for drug interactions and preventing doctor shopping--all of this information, plus some, in a statewide database. This could be the future of medicine access control. Colorado lawmakers want to make medication dispensing more secure by establishing a new medical database and requiring biometric verification when patients fill prescriptions, but critics of the plan worry that with the amount of data lawmakers want to collect, information breaches could be more damaging to patients than...
  • Postal closings’ value questioned (Oregon's mail-in-ballot system, prescriptions)

    01/01/2012 6:18:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Register Guard ^ | 12/29/11 | Saul Hubbard
    Postal closings’ value questionedDozens turn out in Springfield to air concerns about a plan to close a processing center By Saul Hubbard The Register-Guard Published: Midnight, Dec 29, 2011 First-class next-day delivery could be a thing of the past, and a letter mailed in Eugene would travel 100 miles up and down Interstate 5 to Portland before arriving at its local destination, if the U.S. Postal Service moves ahead with a proposal to close its Gateway processing center in Springfield. Where will that leave veterans and seniors who rely on mail-order medical prescriptions, small businesses who require prompt mail delivery...
  • Walgreens Plans to Drop Express Scripts (TRICARE MILITARY)

    07/13/2011 8:13:29 AM PDT · by GailA · 33 replies ^ | Jun 21, 2011 | N/A
    DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens said Tuesday that after several months of negotiations it has failed to reach a contract agreement with pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, and as a result the drug chain will drop the Express Scripts network as of Dec. 31, 2011. At issue in the negotiations were clear terms of the agreement and unacceptable reimbursement rates that Walgreens said was below the industry average cost especially for Department of Defense Tricare program beneficiaries that Express Scripts manages.
  • Health Savings Account now requires prescription for over-the counter

    12/25/2010 6:11:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 32 replies · 3+ views
    For all of those with HSAs Obamacare as of one week from today will require a doctors prescription to buy over-the counter medications such as aspirin, cold meds etc. Affordable Care Act: Questions and Answers on Over-the-Counter Medicines and Drugs Q. How are the rules changing for reimbursing the cost of over-the-counter medicines and drugs from health flexible spending arrangements (health FSAs) and health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs)? A. Section 9003 of the Affordable Care Act established a new uniform standard for medical expenses. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, distributions from health FSAs and HRAs will be allowed to reimburse the cost...
  • Healthcare and Disease

    02/02/2010 6:47:03 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 96+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 2/2/10 | Mark Roberts
    Managing health care is a tougher job now than it was even 10 years ago. In addition to various health plan choices and a multitude of insurance offers available in the market place, employers and the medical community must also contend with new illnesses and communicable diseases that are getting more and more difficult to control and cure. As our population gets more diversified, Americans now are seeing health issues develop that we are finding more dangerous and more costly to manage.
  • 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...
  • 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, 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.
  • U.S. study shows 150 percent jump in statin use

    06/27/2008 1:19:00 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 56 replies · 291+ views
    Medlineplus ^ | June 25, 2008 | Reuters Health
    Reuters Health Wednesday, June 25, 2008 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Use of cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins rose by 156 percent between 2000 and 2005, with spending jumping from $7.7 billion to $19.7 billion, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported on Wednesday. "The number of people purchasing statins nearly doubled when comparing 2000 and 2005, rising from 15.8 million people to 29.7 million people," the AHRQ report reads. The total number of outpatient prescriptions for statins rose from about 90 million in 2000 to nearly 174 million in 2005. Each individual spent $484 a year on average on statins...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 03-01-08

    03/01/2008 9:01:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 193+ views ^ | 03-01-08 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryMarch 1, 2008 President's Radio Address   President's Radio Address  Audio  En Espańol       2008 National Drug Control Policy (PDF, 6.73MB, 79 pages) THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Today, my Administration is releasing our 2008 National Drug Control Strategy. This report lays out the methods we are using to combat drug abuse in America. And it highlights the hopeful progress we're making in the fight against addiction. When I took office in 2001, our country was facing a troubling rate of drug abuse, particularly among young people. Throughout America, young men and women saw their dreams disrupted...
  • McCain Calls for Prescription Drug Imports from Canada

    11/19/2007 7:31:33 PM PST · by CHEE · 58 replies · 117+ views
    KFYI 550, Phoenix, Arizona ^ | November 17, 2007 | Associated Press
    John McCain on Saturday said he wants to again allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada as a way to bring health care costs under control. By Associated Press CANAAN, Vt. - Republican presidential contender John McCain on Saturday said he wants to again allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada as a way to bring health care costs under control.
  • Error leads to mistrial for doctor, Bloomfield physician accused of illegal prescriptions

    08/21/2007 2:30:54 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 895+ views
    star ledger ^ | August 18, 2007 | JEFF WHELAN
    Federal prosecutors had what looked like a solid case against Joan Jaszczult, a Bloomfield doctor accused of writing Oxycontin and Percocet prescriptions for a ring that resold the drugs on the streets for huge profits. They had secret recordings by informants and undercover agents, a line of alleged co-conspirators waiting to testify against her, and even an eye-popping motive: she needed the cash, they said, to help pay $100,000 in plastic surgery bills. But four days after the trial opened, prosecutors suffered a devastating setback. The presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Stanley Chesler, ruled the government had improperly introduced a...
  • Side Effects at the Pharmacy [Nine states order Wal Mart to raise the price of prescriptions]

    12/02/2006 10:47:22 AM PST · by grundle · 59 replies · 2,645+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 30, 2006 | MILT FREUDENHEIM
    Wal-Mart boasts that its new $4 generic drug program is disrupting the market, attracting new customers to its stores and starting the nation on a road that will ultimately squeeze billions of dollars from prescription drug spending. “I was never a customer of Wal-Mart,” said Frank Ganci, 74, a retired independent contractor who lives in Ridgefield, N.J. He has no drug insurance, despite being eligible for it under Medicare, because he considers the monthly premiums too high. Mr. Ganci said he recently paid $12 for a month’s supply of three generic drugs at the Wal-Mart in Secaucus — atenolol for...
  • Giant Eagle Latest To Offer Generic Drug Deals

    11/22/2006 12:23:24 AM PST · by mcg2000 · 5 replies · 693+ views
    WTAE Pittsburgh ^ | November 22, 2006 | Staff
    On Tuesday, Giant Eagle, Inc. announced their plan for a discounted generic prescription drug program in all of its Pennsylvania supermarket pharmacies. The offering, which will reduce the prices of more than 300 generic prescription medications, went into effect immediately. Giant Eagle's announcement came just one day after Target announced that it would expand its $4 generic prescription drug program.
  • The Left Playing Medi-scare, Again

    11/05/2006 2:34:37 AM PST · by xtinct · 1 replies · 244+ views
    US Newswire ^ | 11-5-06 | Newt Gingrich
    (Center for Health Transformation Responds to Flawed Families USA Study) The Center for Heath Transformation responded today to what it calls a flawed Medicare prescription drug benefit study designed to scare seniors before an election. The study was issued last week by the liberal activist group Families USA. In an opinion piece, Newt Gingrich, founder of the Center for Health Transformation and David Merritt, project director for Consumer-Driven Healthcare at the Center, refute the claims in the study. The Families USA study states that the drug benefit as currently designed endangers millions of seniors by imposing financial penalties. Gingrich and...
  • Patients, Not Profits

    05/19/2006 8:52:04 PM PDT · by Miami Vice · 14 replies · 489+ views
    The Evening Bulletin ^ | 5/19/06 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The Medicare Part D program has begun and people seem to be satisfied with it despite all the confusion, controversy and the political rhetoric. However, Part D does not include everybody. There are some people who will still need help purchasing medicine. For example, a 48-year-old graphic designer whose company does not offer health care coverage or a 27-year-old who is between jobs would not be eligible for Part D yet may still have a difficult time affording medicine. Fortunately for such people there is an avenue available to them. The pharmaceutical companies have programs whereby they dispense either free...
  • US steps up seizures of imported drugs

    03/26/2006 8:04:50 PM PST · by A. Pole · 61 replies · 1,015+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 26, 2006 | Christopher Rowland
    Thousands of Americans who order prescription drugs from Canada have received written notice that their medications have been seized, part of a US government crackdown on the cross-border discount trade. The increase in seizures and the strong legal warnings issued to consumers mark a shift in policy for the Bush administration, which until now has rarely acted against individuals who buy drugs from Canada. [...] Nancy Popkin, a Salem resident who has been ordering the osteoporosis treatment Fosamax from Canadian pharmacies for years, was one of those recently targeted. [...] The notice, from the Department of Homeland Security, US Customs...
  • Prescription drug prices vary widely between pharmacies

    03/12/2006 3:48:31 AM PST · by Caipirabob · 22 replies · 662+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel Health Writer ^ | March 12 2006 | Bob LaMendola
    Go to Morrison's RX pharmacy in Plantation for 30 Nexium gastric reflux pills, and the list price is $202. Drive two miles to Costco in Davie, and it's $131. Unlike most products, the cost of medicine can vary sharply from store to store -- sometimes double or triple the lowest price -- as a result of the nation's complex and loosely regulated drug-selling system. LocalLinks Pharmacy industry experts say many people do not realize they can save money by comparison shopping, and that they can check a state Internet site that now posts prices of the most popular drugs from...
  • Palm Beach woman sues Walgreens over insulting comments on prescription

    03/08/2006 2:30:35 PM PST · by indcons · 177 replies · 3,595+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 8 2006 | Missy Stoddard
    For years, Janey Karp has battled depression and anxiety with the help of prescription drugs. Though millions of Americans do the same, Karp admits she is intensely private and can't help but feel stigmatized for needing medication to feel normal. So when the 53-year-old Palm Beach resident read the Walgreens printout attached to her prescription last week for the sleep aid Ambien, she couldn't believe her eyes. Typed in a field reserved for patient information and dated March 17, 2005, was "CrAzY!!" In another field, dated Sept. 30, 2004, it read: "She's really a psycho!!! Do not say her name...
  • Medicare Drug Plan To Cost Less Than Expected

    02/03/2006 5:24:03 AM PST · by Brilliant · 8 replies · 341+ views
    THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ^ | February 3, 2006 | SARAH LUECK
    WASHINGTON -- Medicare officials say the program's new drug benefit will cost less than expected this year, as beneficiaries gravitate to plans with lower premiums. The average premium for beneficiaries this year is about $25 a month, down from about $32 as estimated in August. The government also will see savings, said Mark McClellan, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The reason for the reduction: Health insurers are offering lower premiums than expected, and beneficiaries, Dr. McClellan said, "are choosing the plans that offer them the best deal." Last year, Medicare actuaries projected that the drug benefit...
  • The Trouble With Boys

    01/22/2006 4:45:41 PM PST · by Lorianne · 190 replies · 4,251+ views
    Newsweek, MSNBC ^ | Jan. 30, 2006 issue | Peg Tyre
    Spend a few minutes on the phone with Danny Frankhuizen and you come away thinking, "What a nice boy." He's thoughtful, articulate, bright. He has a good relationship with his mom, goes to church every Sunday, loves the rock band Phish and spends hours each day practicing his guitar. But once he's inside his large public Salt Lake City high school, everything seems to go wrong. He's 16, but he can't stay organized. He finishes his homework and then can't find it in his backpack. He loses focus in class, and his teachers, with 40 kids to wrangle, aren't much...
  • Confusion greets drug-plan sign-up; Legislators, consumer groups balk at Medicare Part D

    11/16/2005 7:50:43 PM PST · by SierraWasp · 44 replies · 1,191+ views (by Dow Jones) ^ | 11/15/2005 | Kristen Gerencher
    Confusion greets drug-plan sign-up Legislators, consumer groups balk at Medicare Part D By Kristen Gerencher, MarketWatch Last Update: 7:29 PM ET Nov. 15, 2005 SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- A dizzying array of options in the new Medicare prescription-drug benefit is confusing many beneficiaries who don't have enough time to make the decision without incurring a financial penalty, a group of lawmakers charged Tuesday. U.S. Sens. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., along with U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., and Pete Stark, D-Calif., announced legislation that would give Medicare beneficiaries a full year to choose a Medicare...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 11-12-05

    11/12/2005 8:48:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 14 replies · 497+ views ^ | 11-12-05 | Geroge W. Bush
      For Immediate ReleaseNovember 12, 2005 President's Radio Address      Audio      THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This coming Tuesday, America's Medicare beneficiaries can begin to enroll for new prescription drug coverage. This new benefit is the greatest advance in health care for seniors and Americans with disabilities since the creation of Medicare 40 years ago. In the past, Medicare would pay tens of thousands of dollars for ulcer surgery, but not a few hundred dollars for prescription drugs that eliminate the cause of most ulcers. In the past, Medicare would pay more than $100,000 to treat the effects of a stroke,...
  • Exciting New "Prescription Thriller" Novel

    10/21/2005 1:31:25 AM PDT · by lollimama003 · 42 replies · 1,115+ views
    Richardson | Terry
    I Just Read This Great New "Prescription Thriller"-Carmen Piper and the Protest. A Must Read for Any Conspiracy Theorist!
  • Austin prohibits Walgreens from refusing to fill prescriptions

    08/19/2005 2:24:44 AM PDT · by hocndoc · 54 replies · 1,797+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | August 18, 2005 | Lisa Falkenburg -- | Section: Local & State Aug. 18, 2005, 10:34PM Austin prohibits Walgreens from refusing to fill prescriptions By LISA FALKENBERG Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau AUSTIN - Texas' capital city became the first in the nation Thursday, according to Planned Parenthood, to prohibit a pharmacy from refusing to fill prescriptions for birth control, emergency contraceptives and other medications. ADVERTISEMENT The measure, approved unanimously by the Austin City Council, requires Walgreens, the city's pharmaceutical contractor, to fill prescriptions for patients on Austin's medical assistance program "in-store, without discrimination or delay," even if an individual pharmacist declines to...
  • Bush signs bill creating electronic prescription monitoring

    08/13/2005 11:18:14 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 181 replies · 2,971+ views
    Lexington Herald ^ | Aug. 13, 2005 | JONATHAN M. KATZ
    President Bush signed into law a bill to create electronic monitoring programs to prevent the abuse of prescription drugs in all 50 states. The new law creates a grant program for states to create databases and enhance existing ones in hopes of ending the practice of "doctor shopping" by drug abusers seeking multiple prescriptions. It would authorize $60 million for the program through fiscal 2010. The bill, signed late Thursday at the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch, was sponsored by Rep. Ed Whitfield, a Republican representing Kentucky's 1st District. Kentucky's existing electronic prescription monitoring database, called KASPER - Kentucky All Schedule...
  • No prescriptions, please

    08/09/2005 10:51:27 AM PDT · by JZelle · 5 replies · 582+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-9-05 | Ann Geracimos
    District pharmacist Edward Watkins Jr., 62, doesn't take the prescription medicines he dispenses to others daily. Brian Ross, 41, a trained chef who is head instructor at L'Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, doesn't need supplementary drugs to keep his heart and weight in balance although he is surrounded at work by rich food in great quantities. A 57-year-old Capitol Hill writer relies on aspirin and vitamins rather than expensive doses of Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug given to her by her physician following an operation to insert stents into her arteries. Though their stories necessarily are anecdotal, the three are representative...
  • Can a dietary supplement pick up the pieces? (joint pain)

    04/07/2005 12:37:29 PM PDT · by Coleus · 35 replies · 1,257+ views
    NorthJerseyNewspapers ^ | 04.05.05 | CHARLES STUART PLATKIN
    Can a dietary supplement pick up the pieces? Glucosamine, often recommended for joint pain, is one of the most popular supplements on the market. And considering the health concerns recently associated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, I thought it would be worth looking into whether glucosamine lives up to the hype.Background: Glucosamine and chondroitin are often combined together and used to treat osteoarthritis (OA), which occurs when the cartilage covering the end of the bone near the joint breaks down. OA affects the knees, backs, hips, hands and feet of more than 21 million people over age 45. And, according to...
  • Good For Whatever Ails You (A Dave Barry Classic)

    02/20/2005 10:52:34 PM PST · by epow · 16 replies · 600+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 06/21/98 | Dave Barry
    Good for whatever ails you BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on June 21, 1998.) Recently, I was lying on the sofa and watching my favorite TV show, which is called, ''Whatever Is on TV When I'm Lying on the Sofa.'' I was in a good mood until the commercial came on. It showed an old man (and when I say ''old man,'' I mean ''a man who is maybe eight years older than I am'') helping his grandson learn to ride a bicycle. I was watching this, wondering what product was being advertised (Bicycles?...
  • Medicare cost estimate soars(drugs) Net cost seen at $720 billion over 10 years

    02/09/2005 8:25:28 AM PST · by SierraWasp · 26 replies · 1,011+ views
    CBS ^ | 2/9/05 | William L. Watts
    Medicare cost estimate soars(drugs) Net cost seen at $720 billion over 10 years By William L. Watts, MarketWatch Last Update: 11:12 AM ET Feb. 9, 2005 WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Budget figures showing that Medicare prescription drug benefit outlays will exceed $1 trillion over the next 10 years appears likely to become a lightning rod for criticism of President Bush's budget Wednesday as administration officials continued to make the rounds of key congressional committees. The White House released budget figures Tuesday that estimated the drug benefit, enacted in 2003, would cost $1.2 trillion between 2006 and 2015. That's a sharp increase...
  • Danger: The Active Ingredient in Imported Drugs

    01/28/2005 8:00:54 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 109 replies · 1,808+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | January 28, 2005 | Kerri Houston
    When Congress passed landmark Medicare reforms last year, critics opposed a provision banning Americans from buying "Canadian" prescription drugs and a study of the safety and cost benefits of cross border purchasing was mandated in the legislation. For several years, healthcare policy analysts and health safety experts have produced a cacophony of powerful objections to importation based on worries about safety and pricing. Now adding to the din of serious concern comes this study from the Department of Health and Human Services produced by a respected, international expert panel that not only highlights the dangers of importation, but is likely...
  • Tracking database for narcotic prescriptions debated (Big Brother)

    12/06/2004 12:06:25 AM PST · by endthematrix · 7 replies · 741+ views
    American Medical News ^ | Dec. 6, 2004. | Andis Robeznieks
    Although one very prominent physician has spoken out against it, one medical society is promoting the idea of a national database to track narcotic prescriptions. The National All Schedules Prescription Electronic Reporting Act, which was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Oct. 5, is aimed at preventing interstate "doctor-shopping" by people seeking multiple prescriptions of controlled substances. But critics, including U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, MD (R, Texas), consider it another example of government meddling in the delivery of appropriate pain medicine. "I think it's atrocious, and it so undermines medicine and the care of the dying," Dr. Paul said....
  • Rodney Alexander Defends Late Party Switch in Louisiana's Fifth District

    10/25/2004 6:17:49 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 18 replies · 1,565+ views
    Baton Rouge, LA, Morning Advocate ^ | 10-25-04 | Nossiter, Adam, AP
    Alexander defends late party switch in 5th District debate By ADAM NOSSITER Associated Press writer MONROE -- Congressman Rodney Alexander defended a last-minute party switch that infuriated Democrats Sunday night, in the sole televised debate of an otherwise quiet race to represent a broad swath of central and north Louisiana. Alexander, boosted by polls showing him way out in front and likely to win the 5th Congressional District race without a runoff, spoke calmly about an issue that initially threw his race into an uproar, and had Democrats from Louisiana to Washington denouncing him in harsh terms. He brushed off...
  • Heinz Kerry's Rx: Elect my husband

    10/22/2004 6:54:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies · 601+ views, PA Bucks County Courier Times ^ | October 22, 2004 | SAMANTHA FREDRICKSON
    Prescription drugs and health insurance will be more affordable if Democratic candidate Sen. John Kerry is elected president, his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, said Thursday during a visit to Yardley. We have to talk about how we want to live," Heinz Kerry said to the 300 people wedged into the Yardley Community Centre for her visit. "We've dehumanized medicine. We've devalued preventative medicine. That's not the American way." Heinz Kerry focused mainly on her husband's plan to bring affordable health care to all Americans. She complained about the high cost of prescription drugs and blamed U.S. pharmaceutical companies for "gouging...
  • Canada Shuts Out Vaccine Seekers

    10/19/2004 7:14:03 PM PDT · by 2ThumbsUp · 40 replies · 681+ views
    Saturday's Globe and Mail ^ | October 16, 2004 | GRAEME SMITH AND DAVID EBNER Canada shuts out vaccine seekers By GRAEME SMITH AND DAVID EBNER From Saturday's Globe and Mail Ontario and Alberta are cracking down on the growing number of Americans who are scrambling to get flu shots in Canada as the anxiety over a shortage of vaccine in the United States spreads north of the border. With half of the U.S. supply choked off by quality-control problems, clinics such as the border outpost of the Northwestern Health Unit in Fort Frances, Ont., have been getting a steady steam of calls from worried Americans. "There was even somebody from Florida wanting to...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 10-16-04

    10/16/2004 10:08:17 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 469+ views ^ | 10-16-04 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate Release October 16, 2004 Radio Address of the President to the Nation      Audio THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. Over the past four years, I have brought a straightforward approach to the presidency. I tell you what I'm going to do, and I keep my word. When I came into office four years ago, the economy was sliding into recession. Then terrorist attacks cost our nation nearly a million jobs in three months. To help families and to get this economy growing again, I pledged to reduce taxes, and I kept my word.  Radio Address 2004200320022001  Radio Interviews 2004...
  • Winifred Skinner - Do you remember her?

    03/05/2004 11:21:13 AM PST · by TomHarkinIsNotFromIowa · 11 replies · 165+ views
    Des Moines Register ^ | 12/01/2003 | KEN FUSON
    Winifred Skinner doesn't wear her Tommy Hilfiger jacket anymore. She bought the jacket on sale years ago, before she retired. She wore it as she walked on the east side of Des Moines, picking up discarded soda pop and beer cans, which she redeemed for a nickel apiece, using the proceeds to help pay for her prescription drugs.
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 01-31-04

    01/31/2004 9:05:16 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 184+ views ^ | 01-31-04 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryJanuary 31, 2004 President's Radio Address      Audio THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This coming week, my administration will release our proposed budget for fiscal year 2005. In that detailed blueprint for government spending, Americans will see my priorities clearly at work. We will devote the resources necessary to win the war on terror and protect our homeland. We'll provide compassionate help to seniors, to schoolchildren, and to Americans in need of job training. And we will be responsible with the people's money by cutting the deficit in half over five years. With troops currently on...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 12-13-03

    12/13/2003 8:58:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 23 replies · 198+ views ^ | 12-13-03 | George W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryDecember 13, 2003 President's Radio Address      Audio THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week I was honored to sign the Medicare Act of 2003, the greatest advance in health coverage for America's seniors since Medicare was founded nearly four decades ago. This new law will give seniors better choices and more control over their health care, and provide a prescription drug benefit. Beginning in 2006, most seniors now without prescription coverage can expect to see their current drug bills cut roughly in half, in exchange for a monthly premium of about $35. And for the...