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TPP Threatens Access to Affordable Medications for People Around the World

Ralph Neas | Posted 07.29.2015 | Politics
Ralph Neas

Rather than continuing the forward momentum toward greater access to affordable medications for all, the TPP threatens to take a significant step backward by including a number of provisions that solely benefit the brand name drug industry. As drafted, the TPP will result in hundreds of billions of dollars in unnecessary spending.

Health Care Spending Is Rising Faster, But Don't Panic

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Total U.S. health care spending grew by more than 5 percent for the first time since 2007 last year, but a return to massive growth isn'...

Another Argument From Obamacare Critics Is Starting To Crumble

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics

Millions of additional people now have health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But does that mean Americans actually have better access t...

High Praise: Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Save Lives

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

A new study released by the University of California-Irvine in conjunction with the RAND corporation, a non-profit global think tank, shows a correlation between states that have legalized marijuana and reduced rates of opioid addiction.

An Interview With Jason Smith, Author of "The Bitter Taste of Dying"

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

When I reviewed Jason Smith's addiction memoir, The Bitter Taste of Dying, I called it "a gripping, no-holds-barred memoir," "a riveting story of addiction and recovery," and "a story of self-discovery and hope, too."

The Daily Nightmare of Benzo Withdrawal

Van Winkle's | Posted 08.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

After being put on Clonazepam in her mid-thirties to treat her panic attacks, Dr. Jennifer Leigh remained on the drug for 18 years. Without ever dev...

Is Your Doc Being Paid by Big Pharma? Here's How To Tell

Clark Howard | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Clark Howard

I've been through a recent cycle with a sinus infection that started out as my usual seasonal allergies. Whenever my allergist writes any prescription...

The Bitter Taste of Dying... and Addiction

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 07.06.2015 | Books
Dean Dauphinais

At the age of 14, Jason Smith got his first taste of addiction. Literally. While his parents were away for the weekend, his uncle--a heroin addict who was living with Jason and his family--overdosed, and Jason had to perform CPR on him.

Even When People KNOW A Pill Is A Placebo, It Still Works

Posted 07.02.2015 | Healthy Living

By Matt Windsor This may not sound like a good idea: 1. Find people in pain. 2. Enroll them in a study. 3. Admit you can't do much to help...

Jeffrey Young

5 Ways Obamacare Can (And Should) Be Fixed

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Obamacare is here to stay. That’s the message from President Barack Obama and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act after their ...

The TPP, Drug Patents, and President Clinton

Dean Baker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are many serious issues raised by the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but the one that may have the greatest long-term impact is its provisions on drug patents. The explicit purpose is to make patent protection stronger and longer. While these provisions are likely to lead to higher drug prices in the United States, they will have their greatest impact in the developing world. In most developing countries, drugs are far cheaper than in the United States. This is especially the case in India. The country has a world-class generic industry that produces high-quality drugs that typically sell for a small fraction of the price in the United States. The U.S. drug industry desperately wants to eliminate this sort of price gap, which can exceed a ratio of one hundred to one. This should have everyone very worried.

6 Ways To Keep Drug Costs Down If You Have Medicare

Diane Archer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Fifty
Diane Archer

Many people with Medicare find that they are paying a hefty amount for their drugs, even with prescription drug coverage. Drug companies have considerable power to set high prices for many drugs. Here are tips for keeping your costs down.

Oh, the Games We Play: Keep-Away With My Insurance Provider

Lisa Carpenter | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Carpenter

I like playing games with toddlers as much as the next grandma. Not so much, though, when it's my insurance company playing the part of opponent.

Rich People's Rules and the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

A victory by the masses, or "everyday people," over big money and big media is always grounds for celebration. But it is important to remember the game is far from over. This is one of those bills, like the TARP, where we are playing by rich people's rules.

One Nation, Under Sedation: Medicare Paid For Nearly 40 Million Tranquilizer Prescriptions

Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones | ProPublica | Posted 06.12.2015 | Healthy Living

Congress wouldn’t allow Medicare to pay for benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Ativan until 2013. Now, the medications are among the most prescribed in its drug program.

Daniel Marans

Trade Deal Targets Medicare, New Leak Reveals

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics

For the second time in a week, Medicare is complicating an already fraught debate over the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. A recen...

Little-Known Provision of the Affordable Care Act Is About to Pay Major Dividends for U.S. Consumers

Sally Greenberg | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Sally Greenberg

It's no secret that health care costs are on the rise, and have been for years. From monthly premiums to co-pays and now coinsurance for prescription drugs, consumers are being squeezed financially as a result of trying to keep their families healthy. A relatively new factor in this cost-versus-care debate are biologic drugs, complex medicines made from living cells that treat deadly and debilitating diseases.

Gluten-Free Medication Guidelines

Hannah Ross Crane | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Hannah Ross Crane

When I was prescribed a round of antibiotics to treat my seasonal allergy-induced sinus infection last week, my doctors and pharmacists hadn't the slightest clue which medications were gluten-free or not. Not only did they have no clue, but there was no guidance or support offered.

Jonathan Cohn

It's Not Just You -- Those Health Insurance Deductibles Are Getting Scary

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics

Debates about health care frequently focus on the number of people with and without insurance, because it’s a relatively straightforward thing to me...

The Incredible Arrogance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Crowd

Dean Baker | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are few policies that show the split between elite opinion and everyone else as clearly as trade policy. On trade we see a remarkable convergence of the leadership of both parties against their base, with the elites firmly behind the leadership against what they view as the ignorance of the masses.

Daniel Marans

After Baltimore Unrest Closes Pharmacies, City Helps Residents Access Medication

HuffingtonPost.com | Daniel Marans | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics

The Baltimore City Health Department continues to provide assistance to thousands of primarily elderly and disabled city residents whose access to ess...

The Battle Over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast-Track Gets Hot

Dean Baker | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama must be having trouble getting the votes for fast-track authority since the administration is now pulling out all the stops to push the deal. Obama insisted the deal is not secret, but googling "TPP" will not get you a copy of the text.

How to Keep Up With Your Medications

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.20.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Anybody who juggles multiple medications can relate to the problem of forgetting to take a medication, or not remembering whether they already took it. This is especially true for people who take medications at varying times of the day.

The Film You Don't Want to Miss: 'Prescription Thugs' at the Tribeca Film Festival

Richard Taite | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Taite

At the festival, the documentary film "Prescription Thugs" will be screened. I am honored to be featured in this film and to help educate the public about the grave danger that is posed by the abuse of prescription medications.

As Heroin Deaths Skyrocket, Prescription Monitoring Programs May Do More Harm

Leo Beletsky | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Leo Beletsky

When it comes to drug overdose, we may be winning one battle, but losing the war. As deaths involving prescription painkillers are leveling off, the latest stats on heroin fatalities could not be more dire. What's often lost behind the headlines is that the trends in prescription painkiller and heroin abuse are linked.