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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?

7 Medical Conditions That Affect Women More Than Men | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM You knew that there were some illnesses that affect more women than men; breast cancer and osteoporosis, for example, are two dise...

Our National Night of Conversation

Mehmet Oz, M.D. | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Mehmet Oz, M.D.

I am asking every family to have a conversation at their dinner table. This conversation could save lives. Lately I've been speaking to people who are asking for help with another problem that many are too embarrassed, or ashamed, to discuss. This public health crisis now kills more Americans than guns, falls, or even car accidents.

To Curb Rising Costs, Experts Call For Ban On Prescription Drug Ads

Associated Press | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

CHICAGO (AP) -- The American Medical Association on Tuesday called for a ban on direct-to-consumer ads for prescription drugs and implantable medical ...

President Obama's Forum: High Theater on High Drug Prices

Dean Baker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The Obama administration is sponsoring a forum this week on the problem of high drug prices. The purpose is presumably to express concern about a rapidly growing problem for both people in the United States and around the world. But the reasons for skepticism are obvious.

Addiction Is Killing Middle-Aged White Men

Anna David | Posted 11.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Anna David

Aging isn't, as the saying goes, for the faint of heart. But it's easiest for the most societally privileged members of our society, right? Meaning: w...

Majority Of Americans Take Prescription Drugs

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 11.04.2015 | Healthy Living

If you pop a pill every morning for high blood pressure or inject insulin to treat diabetes, you are very much not alone. A new study finds that more ...

Stopping Opioid Overdose Deaths and Addictions: Finally, a Sensible Plan for Action

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Today, 120 people will lose their life to a drug overdose. Unfortunately, this devastating epidemic is not new -- it has been growing for at least a decade. What is new is that there is at last strong, sensible, non-partisan action at hand.

Expert Panel Pushes Back On 'Outrageous' Prescription Drug Prices

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.26.2015 | Healthy Living

A panel of medical experts said on Friday the prices of prescription medicines in the United States need to be brought in line with the value they bri...

Bernie Sanders Won’t Meet Or Take Money From CEO Who Raised Drug Price

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 10.17.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) declined to accept a maximum campaign donation from the CEO of a company that increased the price of a drug used by HIV an...

Holding Big Pharma Accountable: Why Suing The Pharmaceutical Industry Isn't Working

Caroline Beaton | Posted 10.13.2016 | Business
Caroline Beaton

Since the 1990s, Congress has implemented four programs to expedite the approval process for new, exceptional pharmaceuticals. These pathways were created to push innovative, life-saving drugs for rare conditions through the FDA more quickly using preliminary, substandard research.

What You Should Know About Psychiatric Genetic Testing

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living

Managing medication for a mental illness can be a drawn-out, trial-and-error process for many patients. Now, the growing field of psychiatric genetic ...

How to Find a Better Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Jim T. Miller | Posted 10.05.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Cost increases and coverage changes are an annual event for many Medicare Part D prescription drug plans. Fortunately, during the open enrollment period (which is Oct. 15 - Dec. 7), you have the ability to shop and compare plans and choose one that better fits your needs and budget. Your new plan will go into effect Jan.1, 2016. Here are some tips that can help with this process.

What Happens When You Take Antibiotics With Alcohol?

Thrillist | Posted 09.30.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Lee Breslouer Credit: Shutterstock/Jennifer Bui/Thrillist You know how your doctor's all, "Don't drink while you're on this medication I just p...