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Prescription Drugs

Medicare Has A Drug Problem

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.17.2016 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

Medicare Part B has a drug problem. Program spending on prescription drugs has doubled--growing from $11 billion to $22 billion--over the past eight y...

10 Things Your Pharmacist Wants You To Know | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.12.2016 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM 1. Don't store medication in the bathroom. The bathroom is probably the last place in house where you should keep your medicatio...

A Turning Point in the Battle Against Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

It should not be a surprise that the long treatment journey for MDR-TB makes it difficult for patients to continue to successful completion. One in five patients currently interrupts their treatment or are lost to follow up in health services, while for one in ten patients treatment fails.

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...

Prince's Death Inspires Debbie Gibson To 'Come Clean' About Her Own Past

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 05.12.2016 | OWN

Prince's death inspired an outpouring of grief and reflection among fans on fellow entertainers around the world. For former teen pop star Debbie Gibs...

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Turn Silicon Valley Into Detroit?

Dean Baker | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) like to describe it as a free-trade deal for the 21st century. That might be a good sales pitch, but it's not accurate. The TPP has little to with reducing trade barriers, which in most cases were already low.

Prince's Death Is an Opportunity to Talk to Our Kids About the Dangers of Prescription Drug Abuse

Marjorie Clifton | Posted 05.09.2016 | Parents
Marjorie Clifton

Most parents are unaware of both how common prescription medicine abuse has become in high schools across America, and how easy it is for young people to acquire pills in their own homes and classrooms.

Here's How Congress Is Helping Big Pharma Keep Drug Prices High

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics

If you want to know why it’s so hard to fight the pharmaceutical industry and reduce spending on prescription drugs, pay close attention to a new Ob...

House Democrats Push Back On Obama Plan To Cut Drug Prices

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.28.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A group of House Democrats is organizing an effort that could slow down an Obama administration plan to reduce drug prices, according to...

How a Former Enron Exec Is Getting Between Patients and Necessary Drug Treatments

Rob Sawicki | Posted 04.26.2016 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

In the United States, no federal agency is empowered to provide objective analysis about how cost-effective a drug treatment is. In the absence of a true neutral arbiter, insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers funded a group called the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) to fill that void.

Scrambled Eggs and Cancer

Douglas Forbes | Posted 04.19.2016 | HuffPost Home
Douglas Forbes

My wife is in Cedars Sinai Hospital having her right breast removed right now. And I'm around the block ordering scrambled eggs and a side salad. Ei...

U.S. Prescription Drug Spending To Hit $400 Billion A Year By 2020

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living

U.S. annual spending on prescription medicines will increase 22 percent over the next five years, climbing as high as $400 billion in 2020, according ...

CDC Opioid Prescribing Guideline Promotes Safer, More Effective Pain Management

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 04.06.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

We know that opioids can help manage some types of pain, but they also have very serious risks of addiction and overdose.

A Trade Deal for the 21st Century: An Alternative to the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

There can be large benefits to countries from trading, and there is no doubt that the United States is enormously richer as a result of international trade. But that hardly means that everyone was benefitted by the patterns of trade over the last three decades, nor is it a reason to support the TPP.

Think Trump's 45 Percent Tariffs Are Bad? Try Obama's 10,000 Percent Tariffs

Dean Baker | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

While Trump wants to put large tariffs on imports from some of our major trading partners, President Obama is actively pushing to have far larger tariffs imposed on a wide range of goods in his trade deals, most importantly the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

How to Get a Paper Prescription When e-Prescribing Is Required

Tod Cooperman, M.D. | Posted 03.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Tod Cooperman, M.D.

Some U.S. states, like New York, now require that most health professionals write prescriptions electronically, without giving you a paper prescription. So are you out of luck if need a paper prescription? Fortunately, not.

Serious Side Effects May Include . . .

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 03.21.2016 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

Advertisements for many common prescription drugs include frightening warnings about serious possible side effects, such as death. But in the ads on T...

Simple Tips to Get Cheaper Medications

Nurse Katz | Posted 03.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Nurse Katz

You might also want to make a list of the most expensive medications that your family seems to be taking throughout the year and find a cheaper alternative. On the other hand, you just might want to choose a health insurance that covers the medication you need and the pharmacy of your choice during the next open enrollment period, thus, creating better odds than Vegas!

Three Easy Lessons on Ruining Innovation and Drug Markets

Douglas Holtz-Eakin | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Importation and reimportation are shiny baubles of the drug policy world. They make for tempting campaign rhetoric and serve to distract from the real solutions to pricing problems.

The Danger of Hillary Clinton: She Is Not the 'Safer' Candidate

John Sanbonmatsu | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
John Sanbonmatsu

In an election year that finds both the left and right clamoring for political change, then, it seems suicidal for the Democrats to be putting forward a candidate who is as much a creature of the establishment as Hillary Rodham Clinton is.

Bernie Sanders' Most Radical Idea Is One He Almost Never Mentions

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The crowds always love the line. If they haven't heard it at a Feel The Bern rally before, they've seen it on TV. It's scripted and pred...

Right Drug, Wrong Dose? What to Do If You've Been Given the Wrong Medication

Diane L. Danois, J.D. | Posted 02.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Diane L. Danois, J.D.

Over 770,000 medication mistakes occur every year, contributing to approximately 7,000 deaths in the United States. And when it comes to medications,...

A Growing Number Of Young Adults Misuse This Prescription Drug

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living

Improper use of the stimulant Adderall is becoming a bigger problem among young adults — a growing percentage say they use the drug without a prescr...

A New App Could Help You Get Cheaper Medicine

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 02.12.2016 | Technology

Amid an ongoing national debate over high drug prices, Blink Health hopes to drastically reduce what people pay for generic prescription medications. ...

Waiting Lists Grow For Medicine To Fight Opioid Addiction

Pew's Stateline | Blair Guild | Posted 02.11.2016 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...