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The Secret To The Incredible Wealth Of Bill Gates

Dean Baker | Posted 06.20.2016 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | 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 | Home

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 | Home

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...

Medicare Has A Drug Problem

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

Grandparents.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.12.2016 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home

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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | 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 | Home

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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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...