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Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Concerns about Medicare drug coverage are common: More seniors call the Medicare Rights Center’s national hotline (800-333-4114) about this topic each year than any other. Here is some essential information about the appeals process:

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Pseudoscience fuels fear behind Minnesota measles outbreak

Health officials in Minnesota are scrambling to contain a measles outbreak that has sickened primarily Somali-American children. Officials have identified 34 cases as of Wednesday, and they’re worried there will be more.

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
America’s other drug problem

America’s other drug problem

Across the country, nursing homes routinely toss large quantities of perfectly good prescription medication: tablets for diabetes, syringes of blood thinners, pricey pills for psychosis and seizures.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
A spoonful of kid’s medicine makes the profits go up

A spoonful of kid’s medicine makes the profits go up

Laws designed to encourage companies to do more in terms of testing and developing medicines for children are allowing companies retain the market for theres drugs without facing competition for a longer period of time. As a result, the treatments cost a lot more.

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Nurse licensing laws block treatment for opioid addiction

Twenty-eight states prohibit nurse practitioners from prescribing buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction unless they are working in collaboration with a doctor who also has a federal license to prescribe it. The problem is, half of all counties in the U.S. do not have a single physician with a license to prescribe buprenorphine.

April 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Codeine and tramadol can cause life-threatening breathing problems in children, FDA warns

Codeine and tramadol can cause life-threatening breathing problems in children, FDA warns

Codeine and tramadol are opioid medicines that may be used to treat pain. Codeine is also in some cough and cold remedies. These medicines can cause life-threatening breathing problems in children.

April 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nonprofit linked to PhRMA rolls out campaign to block drug imports

Nonprofit linked to PhRMA rolls out campaign to block drug imports

A nonprofit organization that has orchestrated a wide-reaching campaign against foreign drug imports has deep ties to the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, the powerhouse lobbying group.

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

Medieval medical books could hold the recipe for new antibiotics

For a long time, medieval medicine has been dismissed as irrelevant. This time period is popularly referred to as the “Dark Ages,” which erroneously suggests that it was unenlightened by science or reason. However, some medievalists and scientists are now looking back to history for clues to inform the search for new antibiotics.

April 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
In ‘Stealth Move,’ a state refines vaccine waivers, Improves rate among kids

In ‘Stealth Move,’ a state refines vaccine waivers, Improves rate among kids

Michigan’s experience demonstrates a way for governments to increase immunization rates without having to address religious or philosophical opposition to vaccines.

April 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can we tax away the opioid crisis?

Can we tax away the opioid crisis?

California lawmakers this month will consider legislation that would impose a tax on prescription opioids such as OxyContin to raise money for addiction treatment and prevention programs.

April 14, 2017 | By | Reply More