Why do doctors choose a $2,000 eye drug when an effective $50 alternative is available?

There are two eye drugs that have been declared equivalently miraculous. Tested side by side in six major trials, both prevent blindness in a common old-age affliction. Biologically, they are cousins. They’re even made by the same company.

 

 

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Only half of prescription drugs are removed by wastewater treatment plants

The impact of most of these “chemicals of emerging concern” on the health of people and aquatic life remains unclear.

A new report by the International Joint Commission, a consortium of officials from the United States and Canada who study the Great Lakes has found that only about half of the prescription drugs and other newly emerging contaminants in sewage are removed by treatment plants.

 

 

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Price of brand-name drugs rises sharply

Brand-name drug prices rise sharply while generic drug prices plummet.

Brand-name prescription drug prices are rising faster than the rate of inflation, while the price of generic drugs has plummeted, creating the largest gap so far between the two,according to a report published Wednesday by the pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts.

 

 

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The Unintended Casualties of the War on Drugs

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A nurse makes her morning rounds distributing medication to patients.

Roland Lorenz has surgical screws in his back and neck and a pin in his upper leg, and when his pain reared up one recent weekend, he knew he needed something strong. He had just been to a pain clinic, where the doctor ordered an increase in his dosage of Percocet, a narcotic.

 

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Doctors Could Prescribe Specific Kinds of Music to Alleviate Illness

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Prescription for music

Patients with pain or depression could be prescribed specific kinds of music to help alleviate their symptoms as a result of new research.  Scientists at Glasgow Caledonian University are using sound engineering and psychology to see how music can convey emotion and regulate mood.

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Spending on Prescription Drugs Doubled in Less Than 10 Years

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Prescription drug spending has doubled in the last decade.

Over the last 10 years, the percentage of Americans who took at least one prescription drug in the past month increased from 44% to 48%, says a federal government study.Use of two or more drugs increased from 25% to 31%, and the use of five or more drugs increased from 6% to 11%, according to the analysis of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).

 

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Study: Prescribing Heroin to Addicts Helps Keep Them Off Street Drugs

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Supplies including syringes, bandaids and antiseptic pads waits to be used by a drug addict inside a safe injection site in Vancouver, British Columbia

Prescribing heroin to addicts who can’t kick their habit helps them stay off street drugs, British researchers said Friday.  So far, doctors have had little hope of treating the 10 percent or more of heroin users who don’t respond to methadone, the standard anti-addiction medication. Fueled by drug cravings, those users often spiral downward into crime and diseases spread by dirty needles and unhealthy living.

 

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A Daily Aspirin To Prevent Heart Attacks May Do More Harm Than Good

A Daily Aspirin To Prevent Heart Attacks May Do More Harm Than Good

 It is better for doctors to weigh up the benefit and risk of prescribing aspirin on an individual basis.

Healthy adults who take daily aspirin to prevent heart attacks could be doing more harm than good, warn researchers.

A major study shows that although regular use can cut the rate of non-fatal heart attacks, it can also increase the risk of internal bleeding by a third.

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