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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...

Pharma Bro Emails Reveal Just How Greedy Drug Companies Can Be

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business

"$1bn here we come." That was the triumphant message sent by then-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, the infamous "Pharma Bro" who jacked up t...

If Bill Gates Turned to Philanthropy: Publicly Funded Clinical Drug Trials

Dean Baker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

If the government actually paid for the research, not just at the early phases but through the clinical testing and FDA, then there would be no reason for patent monopolies. Drugs could be sold in a free market just like toothpicks and plastic cups.

Inside The Often Hidden Medical Quandary Of Rationing Drugs

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business

CLEVELAND — In the operating room at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Brian Fitzsimons has long relied on a decades-old drug to prevent hemorrhages in pati...

Donald Trump Reportedly Says He's With Hillary, Bernie On Drug Pricing

The Huffington Post | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics

Donald Trump has jumped into the debate over prescription drug prices -- and, if reports are correct, he’s standing in the same place as Hillary Cli...

Buried in Pills

Medical Discovery News | Posted 01.21.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

By Drs. David Niesel and Norbert Herzog, Medical Discovery News Have you ever heard doctors referred to as "pill pushers"? While medical professional...

Health Care in 2016: Now What?

William Pierce | Posted 12.23.2015 | Politics
William Pierce

While no significant legislation will pass because it is a presidential election year, a feel-good bill or two might. However, the debate in 2016 is important as it will shape what happens in 2017 where the real action will happen.

What's On My Grown-Up Christmas List

Deborah Hersman | Posted 12.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Hersman

In the mid-90s, the holiday song "Grown-Up Christmas List" hit radio stations, and its lyrics were painfully close to too many homes. Within each verse were wishes for peace, friendship, forgiveness and justice. Presents under the tree seem trivial when we stop to think about it.

More People Died Of Opioid Overdoses Last Year Than Ever Before

The Huffington Post | Jason Cherkis | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2014, deaths from opioid overdoses increased by 14 percent over the previous year. The spike in fatal overdoses helped mark a depress...

Encouraging News from Monitoring the Future

Nora Volkow | Posted 12.16.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Revealing the results of the annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes among American middle- and high-school students is an...

How Insurance Companies Drive Up the Cost of Live-Saving Drugs for Patients

Rob Sawicki | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Rob Sawicki

When the Daraprim story broke, politicians saw an opportunity to tackle an issue that had drawn ample media attention -- the cost of pharmaceutical treatments.

8 Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.27.2015 | Healthy Living

More than 4 billion prescriptions were filled at retail pharmacies in 2014, according to data from theHenry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Of those pres...

It's the Holiday Season: Do You Know Where Your Meds Are?

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

What do you think of when it comes to Thanksgiving? Spending time with friends and loved ones? A giant turkey or tofurky with all the fixings? You're likely thinking of all the planning, cooking, and entertaining -- and storing your medications couldn't be further from your mind, right?