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Supreme Court vs. The People: 5-to-4 Does It Again

Dr. Behzad Mohit | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Dr. Behzad Mohit

Now we are shocked again to learn that "in a 5-to-4 vote" the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a lower court's ruling and award for the victim of a pharmaceutical drug's adverse reaction.

Skyrocketing Epidemic Among Women: Prescription Painkiller Overdoses

Tom Frieden, MD, MPH | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Tom Frieden, MD, MPH

Our mothers, wives, sisters and daughters are dying from these overdoses at rates never seen before. Every three minutes, a woman visits an emergency department for opioid misuse or abuse. That accounts for more than 200,000 emergency department visits a year.

FDA Approves First Non-Hormonal Treatment For Hot Flashes

Reuters | Posted 07.01.2013 | Fifty

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Noven Therapeutics LLC's drug to treat hot flashes associated with menopause - a surprise d...

Mad Max Drugs on Hot Philly Streets

Thom Nickels | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact
Thom Nickels

A couple of years ago, while helping a friend with an errand, I wound up near East Somerset Street in Philadelphia's Kensington section. I was approached by no less than five people offering to sell me heroin, crack cocaine, and an assortment of prescription drugs. There was an end-times feel, like I had walked into a Philly redux version of Mad Max.

The 'Reverse Payment' Drugs Case: The Most Important Economic Issue You Never Heard of -- And Why There Might Still Be Some Hope for Antitrust

Chris Sagers | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Chris Sagers

Branded drug companies appear to have squeezed quite a bit more money out of their products by paying off generic drug companies to stay out of their markets. Now, you might be thinking, that sounds like a violation of antitrust law.

A Lot Of Us Are On Prescription Drugs

Posted 06.20.2013 | Healthy Living

A new study from Mayo Clinic researchers reveals how many Americans are on prescription drugs -- and it's a lot of us. The study, published in the ...

Study: Wiser Prescription Drug Use Could Cut Health Costs By Billions

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 08.19.2013 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. -- If doctors and patients used prescription drugs more wisely, they could save the U.S. health care system at least $213 billion a year...

The Unlikely Force Driving Teen Prescription Drug Addiction: Parents?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2013 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

A recent study by The Partnership at Drugfree.org reveals that parents are taking a hands-off approach to prescription drugs even though we have clear evidence of the magnitude of the epidemic.

Why Not Adderall for Finals Week?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

I don't blame Joe's family at all if they wind up using Adderall for finals. I just know my limits as to how far I can ethically participate in this epidemic. But I suspect the other doctor will have no problem filling the prescription.

Student Loans on the Cheap

Dean Baker | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

Is Senator Warren's plan the best way to help struggling students pay for the cost of higher education? Certainly not. But given the way Washington works, you take what you get, which means the plan deserves support.

Where You Live May Have A Huge Effect On Your Drug Costs

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON — Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under President Barack Obama's health care law, industry analysts and advocat...

Medicine Spending Just Dropped For The First Time In At Least 55 Years

Reuters | Posted 07.09.2013 | Business

By Deena Beasley May 9 (Reuters) - Patent expirations on big-name drugs such as Lipitor and Plavix has resulted in modestly less spend...

The Wrong Way to Dispose of Drugs

Peter J. Pitts | Posted 07.08.2013 | Politics
Peter J. Pitts

Alameda County recently passed an ordinance that requires pharmaceutical companies to develop, manage and pay for a new local drug take-back program. There's good reason to believe very few people will participate in this program. It is also likely to result in higher drug prices and will produce few environmental benefits.

The Rise of Ambien: Why More Americans Are Taking the Sleeping Pill and Why the Numbers Matter

Elijah Wolfson | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Elijah Wolfson

Last week, a study was released with some staggering news about the potential growth of a danger associated with prescription sleeping pills -- Ambien, in particular.

Big Pharma CEOs Rake in $1.57 Billion in Pay

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Ethan Rome

For people who were blown away to learn recently that the 11 largest global pharmaceutical companies made an astonishing $711 billion in profits over the last decade, here's another measure of the industry's greed.

Duped Again on Emergency Contraception

Michael Halpern | Posted 07.07.2013 | Science
Michael Halpern

A few weeks ago, I celebrated as a federal judge ordered the FDA to make "Plan B" available over the counter without restrictions. I thought that the judge's ruling would provide the Obama administration with political cover. Surely they would respect the decision. I was wrong.

How To Overcome Pill Addiction, From Brad Lamm (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Prescription drug addiction is on the rise, so when Addiction Specialist & Lifestyle Interventionist Brad Lamm joined me on Mondays With Marlo, he wei...

Medication Nation

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Rubinstein

Patients come into doctors' offices asking for something they've seen on TV. Big pharma's advertising blitz, coupled with its aggressive marketing to physicians (who all too often are readily seduced to prescribe), results in the ever-increasing number of prescriptions offered to patients.

Rx for S.S.D. (Sick Society Disorder)

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Shock and incredulity greeted a front-page New York Times article last week that nearly 1 in 5 American high school boys had attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Jeffrey Young

Obama Renews Call For Wealthy To Pay Higher Medicare Costs

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.10.2013 | Business

Some seniors would pay more for Medicare benefits in the future under President Barack Obama's budget proposal for the coming fiscal year. The $3.8...

Scope NY-- Desire Obtain Cherish: Drugs, Fame, and Art

Lisa Derrick | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Beyond a brand -- fine art blends with street, pop, conceptual and appropriation art with razor's edge, using contemporary commerce as a model and as as contextual base for the art, it's manufacturing and its marketing, commenting on social stratification.

Time to Stop Backroom Deals That Drive Up Drug Prices

Chris Meyer | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics
Chris Meyer

One way you can try to save at the pharmacy is choosing a generic version of the drug, instead of the brand-name medication. But some consumers may not have that option, especially when it comes to higher-priced prescriptions.

Using Study Drugs to Get Better Grades: Why You Should Think Twice

Her Campus | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Her Campus

What's a collegiette to do when it's midnight and she hasn't even started studying for that 8 a.m. exam yet? Several college students across the country have found a risky solution: study drugs. Used without a prescription, however, these drugs can be dangerous -- not to mention illegal.

Sky-High Prescription Drug Costs Cause Poor People To Skip Needed Medicines

Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Uninsured people and those with low incomes are the most likely to go without prescription drugs they need because of cost -- and it could be harming ...

Indian Drug Ruling Strikes a Blow for Free Enterprise

Dean Baker | Posted 06.08.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

The costs of protectionism can be large, as economists frequently point out when discussing 20 percent tariffs in steel. For some reason they become strangely silent when it comes to patent protection that raise the price of drugs by 1,000 percent.