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‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

‘Extreme’ Use of Painkillers and Doctor Shopping Plague Medicare, New Report Says

Some Medicare beneficiaries are being prescribed opioids by 10 or more doctors, or are filling prescriptions for more than 1,000 pills a month. Hundreds of doctors appear to be prescribing indiscriminately, says the inspector general of Health and Human Services.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

Drugmakers’ money-back guarantees: an answer to rising prices or a ‘carnival game’?

There is scant evidence this new approach lowers costs. Pharmaceutical companies still set the drug’s list price and have to agree to the criteria upon which they will be measured. Moreover, the savings don’t always trickle down to consumers.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

Amount of opioids prescribed In U.S. has been falling since 2010

The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States peaked in 2010 and has been declining gradually since then. Still, the amount in 2015 is three times higher than at the turn of the century, they said.

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

Do-it-yourself detox can be ‘Freddy Krueger’ scary — and usually fails

There are recovery and treatment centers that can help people quit using drugs. But this help can be expensive, and waiting lists for state and city-funded programs are often extremely long. So can detoxing on your own be the solution? In most cases, the answer is no.

July 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

Opioid overdoses swamp medical examiners

Many medical examiners are working overtime and, in some places, they’re running out of refrigerated storage for bodies. When that happens, local officials typically borrow additional space at local funeral homes and hospitals, and in some cases, rent refrigerated trucks, he said. “Virtually every medical examiner’s office and toxicology laboratory in the U.S. has felt the impact of the opioid tsunami.”

July 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Patients with mental disorders get half of all opioid prescriptions

Adults with a mental illness receive more than 50 percent of the 115 million opioid prescriptions in the United States annually, according to a new study. The results prompted researchers to suggest that improving pain management for people with mental health problems “is critical to reduce national dependency on opioids.”

June 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

How two common medications became one $455 million specialty pill

Vimovo was created using two readily and cheaply available generic, or over-the-counter, medicines: naproxen, also known by the brand Aleve, and esomeprazole magnesium, also known as Nexium.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Bodybuilding products can be risky, FDA warns

Bodybuilding products can be risky, FDA warns

Bodybuilding products that contain steroids or steroid-like substances are associated with potentially serious health risks, including life-threatening reactions such as kidney damage, heart attack, and stroke.

June 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

Support grows for civil commitment of opioid users

Amid an opioid addiction epidemic that is killing more than 90 Americans every day, there is a growing movement to make it easier for relatives and health care providers to quickly secure court orders to forcibly confine and treat people who are addicted to drugs.

June 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

Many COPD patients struggle to pay for each medicinal breath

An estimated 1 in 9 Medicare beneficiaries are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, and prescriptions for inhalers like Spiriva and Advair account for billions in Medicare spending each year. Yet, even with Medicare coverage many enrollees can’t afford their copays.

June 5, 2017 | By | Reply More