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Prescription Drugs

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.

WATCH: What Doctors Don't Know About the Drugs They Prescribe

Ben Goldacre | Posted 04.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Goldacre

2013-04-05-goldacrepullDoctors need the results of clinical trials to make informed choices, with their patients, about which treatment to use. But the best currently available evidence estimates that half of all clinical trials, for the treatments we use today, have never been published.

NYC Doctor Charged In $10M Oxycodone-Trafficking Ring

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 05.28.2013 | New York

NEW YORK — A New York City doctor was charged with running an interstate smuggling ring that trafficked $10 million worth of oxycodone across se...

Anxiety and the Working Woman's Paradox

Kate Schmier | Posted 05.27.2013 | Women
Kate Schmier

A couple of weeks ago, a friend emailed me about Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In. "Anyone planning on reading this?" she asked my group of girlfriends, all young professionals between the ages of 28 and 30. "Book club?"

The Supreme Court and the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Laura Etherton | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics
Laura Etherton

Competition from generic drugs is a critical way to reduce drug prices, with a generic typically costing 85 to 90 percent less than its brand-name equivalent. But consumers wait years longer than they should to see those savings when drug companies pay to delay competition.

State Lawmakers Crack Down On So-Called 'Pill Mills'

AP | KATE BRUMBACK | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

ATLANTA — As Southern states cracked down on so-called pill mills, Georgia's lax regulation made it a magnet for clinics known for prescribing p...

STOPP-ing Prescription Drug Abuse

Rep. Nick J. Rahall | Posted 05.18.2013 | Politics
Rep. Nick J. Rahall

Every year, at least 16,000 Americans die from overdosing on prescription pain drugs, more than from heroin and cocaine combined. Preventing these deaths should be a national priority, and two measures that could help to reduce these tragedies are an excellent way to start.

Adverse Effects Attributed to Medications May Be From Food for Some People

S.Z. Berg | Posted 05.13.2013 | Healthy Living
S.Z. Berg

People with medical conditions such as celiac, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or food allergies should know that they may not be sensitive or allergic to the medicine to which they reacted. Rather, their reactions may have been from the food contents in the drugs.

5 Factors to Consider Before Popping a Pill

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 05.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Medications can be lifesaving and life-improving, but they often come with risks and side effects. Many people don't know how well their kidneys are functioning, so they don't realize that they may need to make modifications to their treatment regimen.

Drugmakers Ramp Up Battle Against Massive Counterfeit Market

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 03.12.2013 | Business

-- More than two dozen of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have agreed to provide funding and other support to Interpol's battle against ...

Medicare Means Tested -- Who Knew?

Jim Jaffe | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
Jim Jaffe

There's no need to debate whether the rich should be asked to shoulder more of the burden of financing Medicare because they already do. The question of the moment is how much more.