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The Role Of Patents In Inflating Drug Costs: An Excerpt From 'Deadly Monopolies'

Posted 12.21.2011 | Business

This is an adaption from "Deadly Monopolies" Harriet A. Washington's new book, which explores how the corporate takeover of the medical industry is af...

Katherine Bindley

The Scary Truth About Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 12.19.2011 | Parents

If you have teenagers, you may have established a system to keep them out of your liquor cabinet or wine fridge. But experts are now saying you should...

Why Medical Prescriptions May Be Killing Thousands Of Americans Every Year

Ronald Ricker | Posted 12.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Ronald Ricker

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that we physicians' prescribing practices have finally caught up with all of us in a big way.

170,000 Medicare Recipients Scored Large Amount of Painkillers From Multiple Doctors, Report Finds

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Drug abusers are exploiting Medicare prescription's benefit to score large quantities of painkillers, and taxpayers have to foot most of...

How Does She Do It?

Carolita Johnson | Posted 11.20.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson

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Pot-Smoking Georgia Judge Ousted From Bench For Bizarre Behavior

AP | GREG BLUESTEIN | Posted 11.06.2011 | Crime

ATLANTA — A Georgia judge who pointed a gun at himself while at the courthouse, berated his boss in a bizarre televised rant and admitted to reg...

Do Liberals Have to Be Losers?

Dean Baker | Posted 10.29.2011 | Books
Dean Baker

There is nothing efficient about the policies that conservatives have used to restructure the economy over the last three decades. Progressives can design policies that are every bit as efficient that lead to greater equality in the distribution of before tax income.

Births Of Prescription Drug Addicted Babies On The Rise

Posted 09.27.2011 | Healthy Living

It's a trend reminiscent of the "crack baby" epidemic of the 1980s, and doctors say they are seeing more babies than ever before born addicted to pres...

Bernie Sanders Tries Some Clear Thinking on Prescription Drugs

Dean Baker | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Dean Baker

Many drugs in the U.S. sell for hundreds of dollar per prescription and sometimes several thousand dollars per prescription. There is a simple reason for this: government-granted patent monopolies.

Why Do We Now Have a Prescription Drug Abuse Problem?

Stanton Peele | Posted 07.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

People seek most critically in addiction the certainty of an experience, especially that of powerful relief from pain and anxiety. Anything with that effect has strong addictive potential.

Bloomberg Announces City's First Official Prescription Discount Card

Clinton Hill, NY Patch | McCarton Ackerman | Posted 07.18.2011 | New York

An announcement in Brooklyn this morning from Mayor Michael Bloomberg will make it easier for the more than one million New Yorkers who don't have hea...

Pharma's Surefire Formula: Simultaneous Optimization and Reinvention

Inder Sidhu | Posted 07.11.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Between now and 2016, nearly a dozen top-selling, brand-name pharmaceuticals will lose their patent protection. So why aren't the nation's largest drug distributors sweating bullets?

David Lohr

Florida Woman Accused of Hiding Drugs, Knives, In Fat Folds And Vagina

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

Authorities in southwest Florida recently detained a woman who not only allegedly had hundreds of prescription pills in her possession, but also had t...

White House Takes On America's Deadliest Drug Abuse Problem

AP | By CURT ANDERSON | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home

MIAMI -- The White House drug czar wants doctors, states and law enforcement working harder to stop America's deadliest drug-abuse problem: highly add...

Andrea Stone

Obama Won't Fully Use Power Of Feds To Lower Medicare Drug Prices For Seniors

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In laying out his framework to cut the deficit, President Obama appears to have abandoned a campaign promise he reneged on last year in...

The Lithium Chronicles

Christine Egan | Posted 03.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Christine Egan

This is the story of how he ended up walking naked down a highway and making his slow journey back to a life without psychotropic medication.

WATCH: Whitest Kids U' Know Final Season

Posted 05.29.2011 | Comedy

Long time NYC favorites and IFC comedy lineup stalwarts, The Whitest Kids U' Know, will be back in April with their 5th and final season. On Monday, ...

U.S. Prescription Drug Prices Rise

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

U.S. prices for brand-name prescription drugs rose at a faster rate than costs for other medical goods and services over the last four years, accordi...

Conrad Murray: The Beast of "Need" Cost Two Lives -- The Debtor and the Addict

Dr. Howard Samuels | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dr. Howard Samuels

It was a lethal combination of drugs and debt that killed Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and ruined the life of a doctor.

Global Drug Trafficking Trends

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

With the increased influence of the Internet, the production of so-called "designer drugs" is soaring out of control throughout muh of the world, a ne...

Feeling Good? Don't Let A Doctor Overdiagnose You!

Charles Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Charles Alexander

Because the standards have changed, millions have people have gone on medication for life. Shouldn't we applaud this as a wise and cautious policy? Maybe not. As the authors of Overdiagnosed point out, the milder the condition the less benefit you are likely to receive from treatment.

The Hidden Danger To Our Veterans And Service Members

Leila Levinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Leila Levinson

The veterans know on a gut level that the remedy to their intolerable memories and nightmares -- both waking and asleep -- will not come through a pill.

A Burrito, a Power Nap, and Some Adderall

Justin Cox | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Justin Cox

This is a story about a $3 burrito, an Adderall pill and a realization I had one year later.

Looking for Drugs in All the Wrong Places

Gary Liberson, PhD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gary Liberson, PhD

The premise of the new NIH center is to help the drug industry and society overcome 15 years of declining research productivity. Let me say right now, I don't get it.

Arthur Delaney

Elderly Poverty Jumps According To Census Bureau's Alternative Research Measurement

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Less than ten percent of the nation's 38 million elderly people are living in poverty, according to the official statistics. But once medical care and...