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Prescription Drugs

The Affliction That Could Save Your Life

Linda Larrowe Bergersen | Posted 01.24.2017 | Healthy Living
Linda Larrowe Bergersen

I have an affliction. I have no disease, no illness. I want to help people; that's my affliction. In becoming a nutritionist and discovering why peo...

Exclusive Interview with Larry Twersky, Serial Entrepreneur

Mark C. Miller | Posted 01.20.2017 | Business
Mark C. Miller

Larry Twersky, Serial Entrepreneur All photos courtesy of Larry Twersky Larry Twersky is CEO of TimerCap. The Rx TimerCap was designed to help with ...

States, Now's The Time For Action To Stop Overdose Deaths

Constance Scharff, Phd | Posted 01.19.2017 | Politics
Constance Scharff, Phd

Opioids are everywhere and killing far too many of us. Now is the time for action.

Democrats Haven't Learned; Cory Booker Chooses Wall Street Over Main Street

Russ Belville | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Russ Belville

Oh, Senator Cory Booker. I was so looking forward to 2020, in hopes that you would run for president. But now I fear that your 2020 campaign is doomed...

What Happens To Drug Prices In A Trump Admnistration

Diane Archer | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Diane Archer

Since Congress does not intend to replace the ACA with equally robust insurance, many people will no longer be able to afford the drugs they need. So, what happens to the price of drugs in a Trump administration?

Brexit Could Make It Harder For British People To Access Their Meds

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living

British patients could lose access to vital medicines unless arrangements are put in place to ensure a seamless licensing system after Britain leaves ...

Debbie Gibson Calls Out A 'Serious Problem' In The Theater Community

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 10.28.2016 | OWN

When Debbie Gibson was singing and performing during the early part of her career in the ‘80s and ‘90s, she had a pristine reputation. But now, sh...

How And When To Change Medicare Plans

Diane Archer | Posted 10.24.2016 | Fifty
Diane Archer

To get better coverage and save money, you may want to change Medicare plans during the Medicare Open Enrollment period from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. You can switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to traditional Medicare or another Medicare Advantage plan.

Legal Painkillers Are The Real Gateway Drugs, Not Marijuana

Desirae Hoover | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Desirae Hoover

What we really need to do is teach people that a drug, is any substance that can alter the mind and/or body, rather than simplistic labels as "good" or "bad". We need to indicate that both legal and illegal drugs have individual effects that should be objectively studied. Only then, can we start a dialogue how to safely and responsibly consume them without abuse.

DEA Cutting Production Of Prescription Opioids By 25 Percent In 2017

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 01.03.2017 | Politics

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is moving to curb the national opioid epidemic by slashing the production of a number of popular prescription...

Defending FDA: Agency Requires Critical Funding To Protect Consumer Health, Safety

Sally Greenberg | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Sally Greenberg

Consumers can't be blamed for clicking on these advertisements in attempts to find the best deals available for themselves and their families. But oftentimes these sites are distribution centers for unregulated, illegally imported, and even counterfeit prescription medications.

Outrage Of The Month: FDA Senior Leader Ignores Science, Approves Ineffective Drug For A Rare Disease

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 10.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Carome, M.D.

Read more in Public Citizen's October Health Letter On Sept. 19, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved eteplirsen (brand name Exondys...

The Day Me And Pops Got 86'ed From An Irish Bar

Bill Stieger | Posted 09.27.2016 | Fifty
Bill Stieger

How drunk do you have to be to be barred from drinking in an Irish bar in the 1950s? Well, the answer has to be, drunk enough to drop a two-year-old off a bar stool.

Just Like Millions of Americans, I Cling to My Emergency Klonopin Prescription

Galina Nemirovsky | Posted 09.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Galina Nemirovsky

Klonopin is a brand name of the drug, Clonazepam, used to treat seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. It is a controlled substance and can cause para...

Insurance Fraud Scheme Sheds Light On Deeply Troubled Compounding Pharmacy Industry

Sally Greenberg | Posted 09.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Sally Greenberg

A number of compounding pharmacies in the Tampa Bay and Miami areas were found to be submitting fraudulent reimbursement claims and covering them up with bribes and kickbacks; experts believe that thousands of consumers had their personal information misused in the scheme.

Drug Pricing Proposals Favor Rhetoric Over Reality

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Prescription drugs costs are a perennial political piñata, and this cycle is no different. Both presidential candidates are hurling rhetoric about "...

U.S. Lawmakers Press Mylan On Sharp EpiPen Price Increases

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 08.23.2016 | Healthy Living

Two senior lawmakers on the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee on Monday pushed for information regarding sharp price increases for EpiPens, drug-fil...

How T Save Money On Prescription Medication

Stephanie R. Caudle | Posted 08.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Stephanie R. Caudle

Prescription drug users are at an all-time high. It was reported in 2015 that 70% of Americans were taking prescription medications for a plethora of ...

You're Subsidizing Drug Research, So Where's Your Return?

Diane Archer | Posted 08.21.2016 | Fifty
Diane Archer

The U.S. invests more than $32 billion each year in drug and biomedical research. Why doesn't the federal government then ensure reasonable prices for drugs developed with public funds -- an appropriate return on the public's investment?

International Online Pharmacies Can Offer Safe Drugs At Low Prices

Diane Archer | Posted 08.11.2016 | Fifty
Diane Archer

The cost of life-saving drugs can be prohibitive in this country, many times more than what people from other countries pay for the same drugs. As a result, 35 million Americans don't fill their prescriptions, cut their pills in half or otherwise don't comply with their medication regimen.

Taxpayers Funded A Lifesaving Drug And Guess What Happened Next

Sen. Bernie Sanders | Posted 07.14.2016 | Politics
Sen. Bernie Sanders

Our nation pays - by far - the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs. As a result of these prices, nearly one in five Americans cannot afford to fill their prescriptions. At what point do we say our tax system, our publicly funded research and our patent system are not serving the public interest?

The Addiction That's Killing Women Over 50

Grandparents.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Americans all over the country are becoming addicted to opioids, a class of drug that is killing them in record numbers. In fact, ...

A Comprehensive And Fair Solution To The Price Of Medicines

Marie-Paule Kieny | Posted 06.28.2016 | Politics
Marie-Paule Kieny

After a long dry spell, the pharmaceutical research industry has brought to market a spate of innovative treatments that can extend life and often have fewer side effects than older treatments. But these medicines are not affordable to most of the people who need them.

Prescription Thugs

Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D.

It's not enough for us to just insist that doctors be more judicious in how they prescribe, there needs to be a major paradigm shift in how the health care delivery system approaches these issues. Health care consumers also must demand a better way.

Workplaces Fight Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Costs

Julie Stich | Posted 06.21.2016 | Business
Julie Stich

Employers are finding it necessary to vigilantly watch prescription drug prices. They are striving to keep costs controlled by trying new approaches like using five or more tiers for cost sharing, where the highest tier is for the highest-priced drugs--usually specialty drugs. Moving forward, employers will continue exploring unique cost-saving measures like referenced-based pricing.