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Tag: Prescription Drugs


What’s Being Done to Curb the Overdose Death Toll From Opioids?

In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs.

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Commercially Driven Spike in Drug Shortages Endangers Lives

Emergency room doctors are reaching for medicines that aren’t there after drug shortages jumped more than fivefold between 2008 and 2014. And experts say drug companies are to blame.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders: Stop Soaring Drug Prices

Earlier this month, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate said he would introduce legislation to halt skyrocketing pharmaceutical prices, which the industry raised 12.6 percent last year.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Covered California

A cap on the prices of prescribed medications should have been a feature of Obamacare. It wasn’t, so a California agency has stepped in to limit the amount patients in California can be charged for drugs.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE



Nader’s 10 Reasons That the TPP Is Not a ‘Progressive’ Trade Agreement

“We have an opportunity to set the most progressive trade agreement in our nation’s history,” reads BarackObama.com, the website of the president’s “Organizing for Action” campaign.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



Did Pharmaceutical Firms Exploit Pancreas Problems to Increase Profits?

A sharp reduction in availability and a $350 million per year spike in the cost of a particular class of drugs begs the question of whether prescription drug companies increased their profits by jacking up prices in a created scarcity.

Posted on May 8, 2014 READ MORE



Late Chemo: Expensive and Unnecessarily Painful

Chemotherapy administered in the last months of life—which offers a boon to profit-seeking drug companies (one month’s supply can cost $10,000 or more)—significantly increased the odds that a cancer patient would require intensive treatment in the last week of life, late referral to hospice care, and death away from their preferred place, an investigation has shown.

Posted on Mar 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Rx Painkiller Deaths Rising Faster in Women Than Men

The rate of women dying from overdoses on prescription painkillers has increased one and a half times the rise for men—a 415 percent change among females between 1999 and 2010, compared with 265 percent among males—U.S. government researchers say.

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Study: Prescription Sleeping Pills May Cause Cancer, Death

Having trouble catching enough shut-eye? Consider this before reaching for the Ambien: According to a new study published in BMJ Open, the potential risks of popping pills to help you sleep may far outweigh the benefits.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



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Antidepressant Nation Revisited

Dr. Marcia Angell has drawn harsh criticism from members of the psychiatric community for her essay doubting the efficacy of antidepressants, published in The New York Review of Books last month. (more)

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 READ MORE


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Health Bill Survives House Committee Vote

The good news, at least for those hoping for progress on the health care reform front, is that the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the latest version of a bill aimed at revamping the nation’s flagging health care system. The bad news: Now that Congress is headed for a monthlong vacation, we’ll have a whole new round of squabbling to look forward to in September.

Posted on Jul 31, 2009 READ MORE


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