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Prescription Drugs

Relieving Pain in America

Myra J. Christopher | Posted 05.08.2012 | Politics
Myra J. Christopher

Two important public health policy matters that require the attention of policy makers seem to be constantly in tension with one another: the under-treatment of chronic pain and the abuse of prescription medications.

Jeffrey Young

Fat Chance For Diet Pill

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.07.2012 | Business

Drug companies and doctors have searched more than six decades for a diet pill that really works and isn't dangerous. A new drug called Qnexa is the l...

Jeffrey Young

Six Ways You're Overspending On Health Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.02.2012 | Money

There's no way around it: Health care costs a fortune. Insurance premiums, drug prices, the cost of doctor visits and hospital bills are getting b...

Is Medical Marijuana Causing These Road Fatalities?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.29.2012 | Los Angeles

Friends don't let friends drive… drugged. While drunk driving has been on the decline, drug-impaired driving has increased over at least the past...

Xanax Facts and Whitney Houston

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Reports that Xanax and other benzos are not usually lethal when taken alone are vastly misleading. Xanax is rarely taken alone. Why? Because as much or more than any other prescribed drug, Xanax causes medication spellbinding.

Jeffrey Young

You Thought Health Insurance Was Confusing, It's About To Get Worse

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business

Like many Americans, Debbie Bass' health insurance policy is utterly confounding: It's more expensive than it used to be, but the coverage is worse an...

Prescription Drug Abuse Crackdown Hits CVS

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

A crackdown by the Drug Enforcement Administration against two big health care companies this month signals that the Obama administration is putting m...

Obama's Drug Czar Weighs In On Whitney Houston's Death

The Huffington Post | Leigh Owens | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

The death of singer Whitney Houston should serve to warn Americans about the danger of abusing prescription drugs, the nation's top drug official says...

Paul Blumenthal

Auction 2012: How The Drug Industry Games Washington

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 02.01.2012 | Politics

Auction 2012 is a weeklong series in collaboration with "The Dylan Ratigan Show" and United Republic. When he first ran for president, Barack Obama...

Drugmakers Boost Prices Despite Political Risks

www.npr.org | Posted 01.14.2012 | Fifty

One thing big drug companies generally aren't keen on is being the focus of a hot political debate. In the past, the quickest way to become Exhibit...

The Medications Seniors Can't Live With -- Or Without

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 03.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

For many older Americans, their relationship with the most important drugs in their medicine cabinets can be described as "Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em."

New York State Sees Sharp Increase In Oxycodone Drug Use and Abuse

Posted 01.12.2012 | New York

A new report issued by the New York state attorney general reveals a staggering 82 percent increase in oxycodone prescriptions from from 2007 to 2010....

The Prescription Opiate Arms Race

Gregory Bunt, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregory Bunt, M.D.

Plans for the manufacture and sale of hydrocodone pills five to 10 times more potent than is now available is a warning sign of an escalation of what we might call the "prescription opiate arms race" among pharmaceutical companies.

Medication Shortages Surge To Record In 2011

AP | LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. — The number of new prescription drug shortages in 2011 shot up to 267, well above the prior record and about four times the numbe...

Top Ten Cannabis Science Stories of 2011

Russ Belville | Posted 02.28.2012 | Green
Russ Belville

Today we continue our Year-End Retrospective with a look at the biggest news stories of scientific research into cannabis, public opinion polls on legalization, and statistical research on cannabis consumers.

Do the Osteoporosis Medicine Fosamax and Dental Work Mix?

Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S. | Posted 02.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.

For this post, I would like to discuss osteoporosis drug Fosamax (aka alendronate) and dentistry, because there is a definitive risk factor involved.

Healthcare Giant Recalls Motrin Pills That May Work Too Slowly

AP | By LINDA A. JOHNSON | Posted 12.22.2011 | Business

TRENTON, N.J. -- Healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson has issued another recall of Motrin pain relievers, at least the sixth in two years. It's part of...

Catherine Pearson

ADHD Medications: Safe For Your Heart?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 12.13.2011 | Healthy Living

Between 2001 and 2010, use of medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder increased more rapidly among adults than kids. With more than 1...

Holding Doctors Accountable

Diane Dimond | Posted 02.06.2012 | Crime
Diane Dimond

Now, prosecutors have the rock solid, slam dunk Conrad Murray conviction under their belt which could very well add new energy to cases pending against doctors in other states.

Can a New 'Mother's Little Helper' Solve Our Sleep Struggles?

Deni Carise | Posted 02.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Deni Carise

Women today face more responsibilities than ever before. For this reason, more and more women are turning to sleep medication -- or as the New York Times dubbed it in a recent article, "Mother's New Little Helper."

Pain Doctor Arrested After Peddling 17,000 Prescriptions

AP | By JENNIFER PELTZ | Posted 11.22.2011 | New York

NEW YORK -- A pain management doctor whose patients included a man who killed four people in a pharmacy robbery made a practice of peddling prescripti...

Katherine Bindley

One In Four Women Are Using What?

HuffingtonPost.com | Katherine Bindley | Posted 11.16.2011 | Women

When it comes to feeling depressed or anxious, or inattentive, women are more likely to take prescription medication than men, according to a new repo...

The Fine Line Between Shared and Manipulated Medical Decisions

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business
Michael L. Millenson

Are hard-edged smoking cessation or weight loss programs justified because they help keep down everyone's insurance costs? What is the balance between personal freedom and societal obligations?

Is California Fueling A Painkiller 'Epidemic'?

| Posted 01.09.2012 | San Francisco

This article comes to us courtesy of California Watch. By Christina Jewett While federal authorities are calling the spike in prescription paink...

Prescription Drug Abuse: How To Protect Your Family

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 01.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

The work ahead is not about keeping pain medications from patients in need. It is about good medicine and public health.