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Colombia Fears U.S. May Reject Peace Plan To Protect Pharma Profits

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Colombian Embassy is concerned that lowering the price of a major cancer drug may jeopardize American funding for peace talks in the...

Why Are Drugs So Outrageously Expensive?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Allen Frances

The drugs industry is the most profitable on earth. It has two branches -- an illegal one consisting of drug cartels and a legal one consisting of drug companies. The huge profits derived by both branches accrue from the same source -- monopoly price gouging.

Are Generic Drugs As Good As The Real Thing?

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 08.28.2015 | OWN

It's one of healthcare's greatest bargains: Nearly 88 percent of prescriptions written in the U.S. in 2014 were for knock-offs of brand-name drugs, so...

TPP, Fast Track, Will Drive Consumers to China for Affordable Medicines

Ellen R. Shaffer | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Ellen R. Shaffer

The TPP and other trade agreements create an economic race to the bottom, creating a nation of Walmart shoppers rather than family wage jobs and an economically and environmentally sustainable future.

The Truth About Generic Vs. Brand-Name Medications

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Beth Levine | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com In a recent University of Cincinnati study published in Neurology, subjects with Parkinson’s Disease were given sho...

Generic Drugs Offer Seniors Big Savings

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Are brand-name medications better than generic, and if not, why is there such a price difference? Also, how can I find out which me...

FDA Delays Costing Money and Lives

Steve Pociask | Posted 10.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Steve Pociask

If the public interest is at the core of the FDA's mission, it needs to move quickly and promulgate rules that will facilitate market entry, heighten industry price competition, save consumers money, and produce better patient outcomes.

What Smart People Never Buy At The Drugstore

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business

A 100-pill package of CVS-brand aspirin costs $1.14 on the company's website, while pharmaceutical giant Bayer's version sells for $6.99. Yet time ...

TPP: Still a Terrible Deal for Poor People's Health

Dr. Manica Balasegaram | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
Dr. Manica Balasegaram

No matter how long some of the most onerous provisions are delayed, the TPP in its current form will be a terrible deal for all countries involved. Negotiating countries must not be fooled by this so-called compromise from U.S. negotiators.

Once Again, Inaction at the FDA, Now With a New Class of Drugs, Hurts Consumers

Paul Alexander | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Paul Alexander

Recently, Phil DeLuca, a retired Long Island Railroad worker, was profiled on a national news television program. Suffering from a potentially fatal red blood cell deficiency, he receives a weekly shot of Procrit. Simple enough, but that shot costs a staggering $1,500, of which his co-pay is $196.

In Search of a Cure for America's Drug Shortages

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 05.13.2014 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Buried under fancy-sounding terms like Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and Special 301 is the real irony that availability of cheap drugs is not just a concern for the poor in an India or a China, but also for the poor back home in the US.

The Harmful Reality of Restricting Drug Choices

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Clearly the goal of reducing the enormous cost burden of prescribed drugs is a legitimate one. If a drug that costs $200 a year is just as good as one that costs $2,000, restricting the latter makes sense. But the situation is not that simple.

Where Have All the Cheap Drugs Gone?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

What can you do to find affordable medications? Here is a long list of my tips.

Evaluating Obamacare: A Guide for the Perplexed

Jim Jaffe | Posted 02.17.2014 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

Cancer and the common cold will still be with us. The difference is that nearly everyone will be able to get the care they need in either situation. That's a big step forward.

Name-Brand Drugs vs. Generic: What's The Difference?

Los Angeles Daily News | Susan Abram | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

California's doctors led the nation in prescribing name-brand drugs, with a small chunk of those costs coming from physicians in Los Angeles County wh...

Does Medicare Eliminate Waste? Not With Popular Diabetes Drugs

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Martha Rosenberg

"There can't be a medical reason that so many more patients on Medicare need brand name drugs compared to those than at the VA."

Zach Carter

Obama Goes After A Different Drug Industry

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 06.28.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration and members of Congress are pressing India to curb its generic medication industry. The move comes at the behes...

This 1 Chart Shows Why Poor People Are Sometimes Much Smarter Than The Rich

The Huffington Post | Posted 06.21.2013 | Business

Just because an item is expensive doesn’t mean it’s actually worth more. Try telling that seemingly obvious point to a rich person with a head...

Zach Carter

U.S. Pushing To End Cheap Drugs For Poorest Nations

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seeking to curb efforts to exempt the world's poorest countries from expansive trade rules that would substa...

Medicine Spending Just Dropped For The First Time In At Least 55 Years

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business

By Deena Beasley May 9 (Reuters) - Patent expirations on big-name drugs such as Lipitor and Plavix has resulted in modestly less spend...

Time to Stop Backroom Deals That Drive Up Drug Prices

Chris Meyer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

One way you can try to save at the pharmacy is choosing a generic version of the drug, instead of the brand-name medication. But some consumers may not have that option, especially when it comes to higher-priced prescriptions.

6 Tips for Managing the Cost of Your Prescription Medications

Women & Co | Posted 10.09.2012 | Money
Women & Co

Cutting back on pharmaceutical costs -- without cutting back on the medicine you need -- is easier than you think.

How to Score a Raise Without Asking - Eight Ways to Fatten Your Wallet

Jeanette Pavini | Posted 08.27.2012 | Money
Jeanette Pavini

In this econony many people aren't getting raises, but if you could get one without asking -- would you? Follow these eight simple tips to feel as if your paychecks are getting bigger, without muttering a word.

Ann Brenoff

What Made This Guy So Angry About His Health Insurance?

HuffingtonPost.com | Ann Brenoff | Posted 02.27.2013 | Fifty

Morris Pineda of Alameda, Calif., says that learning it was cheaper for him to pay out-of-pocket for his prescription medications instead of putting i...

Zach Carter

Obama Administration Softens 'Shameful' Fight Against Cheap Drugs For Poor Countries

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 05.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A change of heart from the Obama administration may pave the way to a groundbreaking global deal to provide lifesaving medications to de...