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Prescription Drugs

The Harmful Reality of Restricting Drug Choices

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Clearly the goal of reducing the enormous cost burden of prescribed drugs is a legitimate one. If a drug that costs $200 a year is just as good as one that costs $2,000, restricting the latter makes sense. But the situation is not that simple.

Zohydro: The FDA-Approved Prescription for Addiction

Andrew Kolodny, M.D. | Posted 04.27.2014 | Science
Andrew Kolodny, M.D.

In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.

Boiling It Down: Modern Medicine

Harold Nonken | Posted 04.21.2014 | Comedy
Harold Nonken

When I watch the morning news on cable television, I see advertisements for cures for allergies, back pain, sneezing, athlete's foot, tiredness, smoki...

Why Georgia Desperately Needs Naloxone

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

Like millions of other Americans, Atlanta resident Kathy Fletcher depends on prescription drugs to alleviate chronic pain. Medications such as OxyCont...

Where Have All the Cheap Drugs Gone?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

What can you do to find affordable medications? Here is a long list of my tips.

Media Descriptions of Philip Seymour Hoffman Feed Into Misplaced Fears About Heroin Overdose and Needles

Tessie Castillo | Posted 04.07.2014 | Media
Tessie Castillo

We, as a nation, need to acknowledge that overdose is not a problem confined to famous people or heroin or drugs that involve syringes.

Containing Health Costs Is Good But Not at the Expense of the Mentally Ill

Howard Dean | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Howard Dean

A proposed rule would make significant changes to the availability of antidepressants and antipsychotics. Implementing these changes will bring additional risk to an already vulnerable population.

Don't Diagnose Drug Allergies Over the Phone

Howard J. Bennett, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

It's not a good idea to diagnose drug allergies without seeing the patient. First, it is very difficult to describe a rash over the phone. Are the spots pink or red? Are they raised or flat? Are they isolated or do they appear in groups?

Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont's, and Nation's, Drug Abuse Problem?

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

Criminalizing drugs doesn't make them disappear, it simply drives them underground into much more dangerous settings.

How My Addiction Helps Me Win (And May Eventually Kill Me)

Lili Balfour | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Lili Balfour

The problem with work addiction is that many applaud the addict instead of asking if he or she needs help. This applause is the greatest high in the world and makes the addict work harder. This can be deadly.

Seniors Saving Big on Rx Drugs and Preventive Services Under Affordable Care Act

Barbara J. Easterling | Posted 02.18.2014 | Politics
Barbara J. Easterling

Americans, including seniors, across the country are becoming more and more familiar with the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. More and more are sharing their stories with me. Certainly, Medicare beneficiaries are benefiting, but so are their loved ones.

Doing the Wrong Thing for the Right Reasons: VA Overmedicating Vets

Shad Meshad | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Shad Meshad

The kind of care and support that all vets need, especially combat vets, doesn't come cheap, unless you compare it to the real costs to society of squandered human capital, broken lives, addiction, suicide... you know this list as well as I do.

The News About Tamiflu: It Doesn't Work

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

Forget everything you've heard about the benefits of Tamiflu, the Roche corporation's blockbuster influenza drug. A new analysis that includes previously-unpublished trials offers a fresh, and very unflattering, perspective.

Big Pharma Could Win International Price Monopoly, Unlimited Profits in 'Free Trade' Deal

Ethan Rome | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Big Pharma has a new tool to make turbo-charged profits and insulate itself from efforts to rein in skyrocketing health costs.

The No. 1 Killer of Teens in the U.S.

Jamison Monroe, Jr. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Jamison Monroe, Jr.

There is a growing epidemic in America that is taking the lives of our young people. It's in most of our homes and it can easily be obtained from a friend or doctor. Prescription drug abuse is real problem among teens and young adults that gets bigger every year.

There Was a Message in This Bottle: Why Listening to Customers Matters

Jerry McLaughlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jerry McLaughlin

As the president and CEO of Branders.com, the world's largest online corporate giveaway store, I take pride in my company's ability to carry nearly every item our customers could want to promote their business or organization. Through branded items such as grocery store bags and water bottles, I'm proud to say that Branders.com has helped Celeste promote the Raymond Coalition for Youth in her community. A regular customer, Celeste visited Branders.com earlier this year to purchase Frisbees and beach balls for an upcoming summer festival. Celeste got in touch with my team at Branders.com, and I'm glad she did.

Adderall: America's Favorite Amphetamine

High Times | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
High Times

Adderall is a clever brand and a deceptive brand. In America, amphetamine has traditionally been associated with tweakers, speed freaks, bikers, truckers and all-night sex orgies. Adderall changed all that.

Maxwell Strachan

15 Ways The United States Is The Best (At Being The Worst)

HuffingtonPost.com | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

We hear it all the time, from every corner of the political sphere: There's no other country on the planet quite like the United States of America. Su...

FDA Proposal To Curb Painkiller Overdoses May Bring Misery To Pain Patients

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Radley Balko

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended new restrictions on the use of some prescription painkillers. Citing a reported dramatic increase in the number of overdose deaths related to opioid-based painkillers over the last decade.

Fight Inflammation And Fight The Diseases Of Aging

Posted 10.23.2013 | Fifty

The thing that's causing your achy joints and swollen feet on the outside, is also wreaking havoc on your insides. Researchers at the Yale School of M...

Are Your Blood Pressure Pills Also Protecting Your Mind?

Posted 10.17.2013 | Fifty

Thank your lucky pills if you have high blood pressure. Certain medications for hypertension may help reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's. ...

Geography Affects What Drugs Seniors Prescribed

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 10.15.2013 | Fifty

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Where seniors live makes a difference not only in how much health care they receive but also the medications they're...

No Quick Fix to Fighting Depression Comes Without Long-Term Side Effects

Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D.

Many of the symptoms that patients complain about are the side effects caused by the drug that they were incorrectly prescribed in the first place. I want to stress the need that patients must ask questions and be educated.

Why Is Drug Abuse So Prevalent Among Post 50s?

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

It's been reported that drug abuse is surging among baby boomers. In fact, for adults aged 50 to 54, the percentage of consumers of illicit substances more than doubled from 3.4 percent in 2002 to 7.2 percent last year.

Shouldn't Doctors Have to Pee in a Cup Too?

Jamie Court | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jamie Court

Pilots, college athletes, bus drivers and Disneyland cast members all are subjected to mandatory drug testing, but not the doctor performing open heart surgery, or a vasectomy. Not yet.