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Tighter prescribing rules: An anti-abuse strategy that could hurt patients in pain

Tighter prescribing rules: An anti-abuse strategy that could hurt patients in pain

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News As rates of prescription painkiller abuse remain stubbornly high, a number of states are attempting to cut off the supply at its source by making it harder for doctors to prescribe the addictive pills to Medicaid patients. Recommendations on how to make these restrictions and requirements were detailed in […]

November 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why kids younger than 12 don’t need OTC cough and cold remedies

Why kids younger than 12 don’t need OTC cough and cold remedies

By Edward Bell, Professor of Pharmacy Practice Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa The common cold season is here, and if you have children, you will likely feel their suffering from these annoying upper respiratory tract viral infections. Children experience more colds, about six to 10 annually, than adults. With each cold producing symptoms of nasal congestion, […]

November 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
Drug prices, senior programs may deliver blow to state budgets

Drug prices, senior programs may deliver blow to state budgets

By Michael Ollove Stateline Higher prescription drug prices, combined with changes to Medicare and Social Security, could deal a $1.6 billion blow to state budgets next year by forcing them to ratchet up spending on Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for the poor. Without congressional intervention, most state Medicaid agencies will have to come […]

November 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
What to ask your doctor before taking opioids – FDA tips

What to ask your doctor before taking opioids – FDA tips

Consumer update from the US Food and Drug Administration Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. What should you ask? 1. Why do I need this medication — […]

November 21, 2016 | By | Reply More
High-dollar prescribers proliferate in Medicare’s drug program

High-dollar prescribers proliferate in Medicare’s drug program

By Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones ProPublica, Nov. 17, 2016, 5 a.m. The number of doctors who each prescribe millions of dollars of medications annually in Medicare’s drug program has soared, driven by expensive hepatitis C treatments and rising drug prices overall, federal data obtained by ProPublica shows. The number of providers who topped […]

November 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

As vaccine exemptions grow, parents seek transparency in schools

By Anna Casey Kaiser Health News AUSTIN, Texas — Georgia Moore was diagnosed with leukemia the day after her 10th birthday. The fourth-grader began an intense chemotherapy regimen, which left her immune system vulnerable and kept her from attending her small, private Montessori school here. But her younger sister Ivy was in kindergarten at the […]

November 16, 2016 | By | Reply More
In opioid epidemic, prejudice persists against methadone

In opioid epidemic, prejudice persists against methadone

By Christine Vestal Stateline When Rebecca Schmaltz found out she was pregnant with her second child, she tried to quit heroin cold turkey. She stopped injecting for a day or two, became sick with withdrawal symptoms, and relapsed. She kept trying, though, to kick the habit on her own. Finally in her fourth month of […]

November 11, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why health care providers & public health professionals say vaccines are not the cause of recent acute flaccid myelitis cases

Why health care providers & public health professionals say vaccines are not the cause of recent acute flaccid myelitis cases

By Dr. Jeff Duchin, Health Officer Public Health – Seattle & King County Recent cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) locally and across the US have parents, health care providers and public health professionals deeply concerned and looking hard for the cause, which remains unknown. Based on what we do know about causes of AFM, […]

November 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
California’s drug price initiative: Will voters ‘send a signal to Washington?’

California’s drug price initiative: Will voters ‘send a signal to Washington?’

By Pauline Bartolone Kaiser Health News This year, Mary O’Connor and her father made voting a family affair. O’Connor’s father is a Vietnam veteran, so she was especially interested in his views on Proposition 61, a California ballot measure that would peg the state’s payments for prescription drugs to prices paid by the Department of […]

November 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
States move to encourage more addiction counseling

States move to encourage more addiction counseling

By Christine Vestal Stateline BALTIMORE — To Heaven Godley, a recovering heroin addict, the methadone treatment center he visits every day feels like home. “It’s my refuge,” said the 39-year-old Baltimore native. Godley’s treatment plan at REACH Health Services, one of 20 opioid treatment centers in Baltimore that provides methadone and other addiction medications, is intensive. He […]

November 1, 2016 | By | Reply More