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Prescription Drugs

Death by Prescription

Deborah King | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Deborah King

Has our stressed-out, multi-tasking, anxiety-causing way of life turned us into a nation of addicts? Are we seeking out doctors who don't mind giving us multiple prescriptions for every little ache and pain and angst?

Patient Privacy vs. Medication Adherence: HHS's Final Rule Is Leaving Patients Behind

Sally Greenberg | Posted 11.16.2013 | Politics
Sally Greenberg

Reminders to patients to take their prescriptions and refill them as needed are thus critical to improved medication adherence. But someone has to pay for these reminders.

Philadelphia Family Loses Home Over A Single Drug Charge

Radley Balko | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics

Sam Leino was ultimately convicted on a single charge of possessing prescription drugs with intent to distribute. For that, his wife and their three c...

CDC Report: 9 Million Using Prescription Sleep Aids

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 10.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

Have you taken a sleeping pill in the past month? If so, you've got plenty of company. In the past 30 days, approximately nine million adults in the United States -- that's 4 percent of the population -- used prescription medication to help their troubled sleep.

"A Doctor Prescribed My Son 140 Pain Pills in One Week. Now My Son is Dead."

Tessie Castillo | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Tessie Castillo

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day When she speaks of her son, she cries through a voice so choked with tears she can barely get th...

The Difference Between Natural and Chemically-Induced Sleep

Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Stuart H. Garber, D.C., Ph.D.

In recent years studies have begun to link chronic partial sleep deprivation to serious physical health consequences. Regularly catching only a few hours of sleep can hinder metabolism and alters hormone production in a way that is similar to the effects of aging.

Does Cracking Down on Prescription Opiates Lead to More Heroin Use?

Tessie Castillo | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Tessie Castillo

With prescription pill use on the rise everywhere, our nation has begun cracking down on over-prescribing, "doctor shopping," pill mills and misuse of...

GOP to Constituents: We Want to Deny Your Freedom to Start a Business

Ethan Rome | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Among the many life-changing freedoms Americans gained under Obamacare was the option to leave jobs at big employers to start their own businesses. But Republicans are fighting to take away this important new freedom.

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...