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Mike Feder | Posted 07.15.2012 | Comedy
Mike Feder

Have you been asking yourself: What happened to that old energy, that zest for life? Can I ever get it back? Yes, you can! Now you can leave all that doubt, worry and discomfort behind. Because now there is... SMILIZENE.

People Are Dying of Drug Overdoses, Despite Lifesaving Medications

Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Erin L. Winstanley, Ph.D.

We have waged a war against drugs instead of formulating a science-based response to a public health epidemic for which a life-saving medication is available.

Medicare Paid $5.6 Billion To Drugstores For Questionable Billings

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.10.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON — It would take a mighty big pill box to hold them. A pharmacy in Kansas billed Medicare for more than 1,000 prescriptions each for ...

Will the Supreme Court Follow the GOP Plan and Force Seniors to Pay $20,000 More for Rx Drugs?

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

Fidelity Investments, the gigantic Wall Street mutual fund company, says it will cost a retired couple $20,000 more to buy their medicines if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act.

Painkiller Association Closes As Senate Launches Probe

ProPublica | Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber | Posted 05.09.2012 | Business

A version of this story was published in The Washington Post.As the U.S. Senate Finance Committee launched an investigation Tuesday into makers of nar...

Taking Stock and Saving Lives: How an m-Health Initiative Is Revolutionizing Health Care in Uganda

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

Until recently, most health clinics in Uganda, and indeed across the continent of Africa, transmitted all of their data manually. The journey of a paper record from doctor's pad to the Ministry of Health in Kampala was treacherous at best.

Spring Cleaning the Medicine Cabinets, and Other Ways to Combat Rx Abuse

John J. Castellani | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
John J. Castellani

Now, more than ever, it's crucial for all of us to inventory whether we have unused and expired medicine in our homes and take immediate, safe steps to dispose of them -- before they end up in the wrong hands.

Bernie Sanders Advocates a Free Market in AIDS Drugs

Dean Baker | Posted 07.07.2012 | Business
Dean Baker

There are more efficient mechanisms than patent monopolies to finance drug research. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is proposing one such mechanism, a prize system, be adopted to support research on AIDS drugs.

Woman Spends A Night In Jail After Pharmacy Trip From Hell

Loren Berlin | Posted 05.07.2012 | Money

When you go get a prescription filled, you typically brace for a few bad outcomes: There's the possibility your insurance won't cover your drug or you...

Feds' Prescription Drug Crackdown May Hit Big Chain

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business

* CVS says stores had nothing to gain from selling pills * US govt cracking down on prescription pain killer abuse By Ia...

Print Your Own Prescription Pills With A 3D Printer

Posted 04.24.2012 | Health News

Scientists at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom have made strides in research they believe could lead to the development of at-home drug...

String Of Embarrassing Recalls Keep Drug Company's Popular Products Off Shelves

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.18.2012 | Business

It's going to take a while longer for Johnson & Johnson to get rid of the headaches provoked by a string of recalls of popular over-the-counter drugs....

Many More Teens Dying From Prescription Drug Abuse, Government Study Shows

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.16.2012 | Business

An uptick in teenagers overdosing on prescription drugs drove the almost doubling of fatal poisonings among American children, the Centers for Disease...

Chemical Warfare

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

To fight our insane wars, we're wrecking our soldiers' ability to live with themselves and function in society, then regulating what's left of them with chemicals, which often make things immeasurably worse.

I Wanna Be Sedated

Suzanne Hegland | Posted 06.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Suzanne Hegland

Last Friday, five months after receiving approval from the FDA, pharmacists finally began doling out the newest sleep aid to the groggy hordes.

Americans Too Poor To See The Doctor: Report

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.05.2012 | Business

Americans took fewer prescription drugs, visited the doctor less often, and made more trips to the emergency room for treatment as unemployment and th...

Cash-Strapped State Gets Enormous Reward For Google Investigation

AP | LAURA CRIMALDI | Posted 06.03.2012 | Business

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that participated in an investigation that resulted in Google Inc. forfeiting ...

Governor Concerned Over Medical Marijuana Law

Concord Patch | Tony Schinella | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

While he has empathy for those ill patients who need medical marijuana to get through their recoveries, Gov. John Lynch, D-Hopkinton, said today that ...

Time to Prescribe the Right Cure

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
The Miami Hurricane

Although prescription drugs are harmful, they do have a purpose for people who have a reason to take them. This does not include taking Adderall to study for a test. Too much of anything is bad, even if it comes with a prescription.

Setting the Record Straight: Responding to the Prescripti​on Drug Abuse Epidemic

R. Gil Kerlikowske | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
R. Gil Kerlikowske

The Obama administration has adopted a mainstream approach to the drug problem, employing a balance of public health and safety approaches to reduce drug use and its consequences. All of these policies are grounded in science and research -- not politics or ideology.

Unraveling the Mystery of Prescription Drug Prices

Doug Hirsch | Posted 05.15.2012 | Money
Doug Hirsch

What's going on here? Well, it turns out that the economics of prescription drugs often defy common sense.

Jeffrey Young

Stock Up On Band-Aids Now; Flexible Spending Accounts Deadline Is Here

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.12.2012 | Money

If you've got money left over in your health care flexible spending account from last year, hurry up and spend it. This tax-free employee benefit prog...

Mom Allegedly Drops Kid Off At McDonald's, Passes Out On Pills In Car

Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime

A Florida woman was found passed out on pain pills in her car while her son played inside a Deltona McDonald's, sheriff's deputies told the News-Journ...

Why More Seniors Are Getting Addicted To Drugs

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.12.2012 | Fifty

So you thought it was just your teenagers that you had to keep away from drugs? According to addiction experts, you might need to deliver the Nancy Re...

Painkiller Debate Rages On

Radley Balko | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Radley Balko

If there's contention in the medical community about the risk and effectiveness of painkillers, the debate gets more heated still when it comes to what sort of public policy should govern how the drugs are used.