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Prescription Drugs

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 10.06.2016 | 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 | 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.

The Secret To The Incredible Wealth Of Bill Gates

Dean Baker | Posted 06.20.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

It might seem obvious then, if the concern is the upward redistribution of income that we should look to weakening these protections. But somehow, the policy folks who debate inequality never seem to notice patents and copyrights. They just keep eating their cheesecake.

And So Onward We March...

Deepan Chatterjee | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Deepan Chatterjee

Just a few days ago, on May 27th, Iowa governor Terry Branstad signed into law a prescriptive authority bill for psychologists, making Iowa the fourt...

Prince's Death a 'Sign of the Times'

Deborah Hersman | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

In life, Prince never fit into a category, so it is especially tragic that in death he reportedly will fall into one so increasingly common. On April...

8 Surprising Reasons People Are Taking Antidepressants

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living

There's been a lot of concern over the "skyrocketing" use of antidepressants over the last 20 years. Many experts believe that these rising numbers in...

3 Things to Ask About Your Savings Before That Epic Summer Trip

Josh Rosenblum | Posted 05.27.2016 | Fifty
Josh Rosenblum

Unofficial summer has arrived along with dreams of great getaways, outdoor concerts, warm weather attire, a new grill, baseball games and other items ...

The Opioid Epidemic: Where Do We Go From Here?

Kristine Scruggs, MD | Posted 05.24.2016 | HuffPost Home
Kristine Scruggs, MD

In my last post, The Opioid Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?, I outlined the many factors that contributed to the current state of affairs in this count...

A Shocking Number Of Parents Keep Their Kids' Leftover Opioids

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living

Nearly half of parents whose children were once prescribed pain medication kept the leftover pills at home, a new poll finds. Nearly one-third of the ...

Congressional Hearing Goof Pulls Back The Curtain On How Washington Really Works

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.18.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Everyone knows Washington can be a virtual echo chamber, but a pair of witnesses at a congressional hearing this week took things a litt...