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Prescription Drugs

When the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease

Donna Flagg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Donna Flagg

Almost everyone I know is on one kind of prescription drug or another. And what's worse is that an awful lot of them have been brainwashed into thinking that these pills hold the key to a healthy and happy life.

Drug Companies Paying Shady Doctors For Endorsements

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pharmaceutical companies are paying doctors with questionable records millions of dollars to endorse their drugs, Propublica reports. According to ...

Drug Sales May Rise 5-7 Percent In 2011

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

TRENTON, N.J. — Revenue from global prescription drug sales should increase 5 percent to 7 percent next year, reaching at least $880 billion, fu...

DEA 'Take-Back' Nets 121 TONS Of Drugs

AP | ALICIA A. CALDWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A daylong, nationwide effort to get people to turn in old or unwanted prescription drugs collected more than 121 tons of unused med...

Deconstructing the ADHD "Epidemic"

Daniel Goldin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel Goldin

When we are close to diagnosing 10 percent of our children with ADHD, one begins to suspect that the diagnostic criteria for the disorder is overly inclusive, or that it is simply being misdiagnosed.

Speeding Treatments From the Lab to Patients

Lesa Mitchell | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Lesa Mitchell

Despite the growing sophistication and promise of health care technology research, fewer and fewer breakthrough ideas are finding their way out of research institutions and into the hands of experienced clinicians.

When Drug Companies Choose Profits Over People

John Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Horton

Nobody should begrudge a drug manufacturer's profitability for developing a lifesaving drug. But in return, patients should demand that drug companies adhere to FDA rules and put people, not profits, first.

How to Watch Out for Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Drugs

Paul W. Chang | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Paul W. Chang

Using counterfeit golf equipment may damage my handicap and mental well-being, but it certainly wouldn't be harmful to my health. However, consuming counterfeit drugs could cost me a lot more than just money.

Is Lindsay Lohan Really Lindsay Lonely?

David Wygant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Wygant

If your best relationship in life is with a white powder, an alcoholic substance or any type of prescription drug, then you are living a very lonely existence.

Anna Nicole Smith Verdicts Will Resonate For Doctors, Patients

AP | By LINDA DEUTSCH | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

LOS ANGELES -- During the past few weeks, a beautiful blonde celebrity has been making cameo appearances in a downtown courtroom. Her image appears o...

Counterfeit Prescription Drugs a Growing Threat (VIDEO)

Dan Rather | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Rather

2010-09-14-danrathernew.jpg It is becoming increasingly obvious that there are organized operations making thousands of fake pills. The final destination for most of these syndicates' fakes? Africa.

Unapproved Drugs Mixed With HIV Medications Can be a Risky Prescription

John Horton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Horton

Unregulated and unapproved pharmaceuticals, both online and offline, are not merely a danger when used alone. When used in combination with HIV medicines, the mixture can be equally risky.

New Diet Pill In Question

AP | STEPHANIE NANO | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK — Editors of a top medical journal call Meridia "another flawed diet pill" and question whether it should stay on the market as a study sho...

Drugs Should Meet 2010 Standards for Drug Safety

John Horton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Horton

According to the FDA, up to 2 percent of all prescription drugs for sale in the US have bypassed the FDA drug approval process and are therefore unapproved.

Is Your Medication Robbing You of Nutrients?

Hyla Cass, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hyla Cass, M.D.

A little known but potentially life-saving fact is that common medications deplete vital nutrients essential to your health. Here's a practical guide to avoid drug-induced nutrient depletion.

Senator Seeks Deadline For Medicare To Prevent Prescription Drug Fraud

Center For Public Integrity | Joe Eaton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Taxpayer-funded Medicare recently spent more than $1 billion on drug prescriptions missing a valid doctor identification number and a Senate Democrat ...

Should Patients Be Paid for Medical Compliance?

Victoria Rogers McEvoy, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Victoria Rogers McEvoy, M.D.

By creating an incentive for patients to stay healthy, it may be possible to avoid ER visits, eliminate surgeries, cut down or avoid hospitalizations and maybe eliminate some of the unnecessary trips to the doctor.

Medicare at 45: Health Reform Means New Benefits for Seniors

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

This year is an especially happy birthday for Medicare because the new health reform law makes it easier for seniors to afford to see a doctor, fill a prescription, and receive free preventive screenings for serious diseases.

Health Law Might Benefit Young At The Expense Of Elderly

wsj.com | JANET ADAMY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Mark Baumann, a 44-year-old uninsured diabetic, sees in the Obama administration's health-care law a future with stable coverage to pay for his insuli...

Obama's New Rules For PTSD: How Much Trauma Is Enough?

Cilla McCain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cilla McCain

Will PFC Bailey have to carry around the emotional scars of her service to our nation (not to mention sexual assault) without any help from the people who sent her there?

How Democrats Should Respond to Jon Kyl

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If you want to be serious about being fiscally responsible then you can't have some sort of double standard where you hold the line on new spending but ignore the fact that tax cuts add to the deficit.

More discussions with Al: Why are prescription drugs so expensive here?

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Al called back ready for more. Without even a hello, he jabbed, "You keep criticizing health care in the U.S., but you don't bother mentioning that w...

Montana Medical Marijuana Storefronts Vandalized, Attacked Ahead Of Moratorium Vote

AP | By MATT VOLZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

HELENA, Mont. -- Someone threw a Molotov cocktail through the window of a Billings medical marijuana business early Monday and "NOT IN OUR TOWN" was s...

When Is A Drug Too Risky To Stay On The Market?

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

The arthritis pill Vioxx was withdrawn but menopause hormones were not, even though both were tied to heart risks. A multiple sclerosis medicine was p...

Swapping Out Addictions: Prescription Drugs During Recovery

Barb Rogers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Barb Rogers

When addicts in recovery are using, or often times abusing, prescription drugs to the same end we used and abused alcohol and illegal drugs, how much better off are we?