Tag: drugs

Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs?

  Are too many diagnoses resulting in too many prescribed drugs? An interesting article in the NY Times questions whether we have medicalized everyday life.   True, many seniors are taking too many medications.   Every physician they visit is likely writing a different prescription for their symptoms.   To write prescriptions, they must have a diagnosis which must be related to a disease. Do we really have so many diseases, or is the word disease and the diagnosis that is linked to it driving the cost and volume of drugs many of us ingest on a daily basis. It is healthy to Read More »

Doctors want big pharma to advertise the retail prices of drugs; will this force them to lower prices?

Doctors want big pharma to advertise the retail prices of drugs; will this force them to lower prices? Drug prices year over year continue to increase at rates that are much higher than inflation.  Whatever the reason, the current prices are unacceptable and are partly responsible for the high prices for healthcare in the USA. The American Medical Association (AMA) is suggesting that part of the problem is a lack of transparency.  The AMA, citing an unnamed study says that price increases on drugs advertised to patients directly are over 34% higher than those that were not directly marketed 5.1%. Read More »

Should high priced drugs offer a money back guarantee if they do not work as advertised? Check this out.

  Should high priced drugs offer a money back guarantee if they do not work as advertised?  Check this out. Many of us have been given drugs that have been expensive and were of dubious benefit, and some may have made us ill in ways that were different from the problems we had hoped to get relief from. Some of these drugs can cost thousands of dollars, and to have them be ineffective, is basically like throwing money away. Recently, GlaxoSmithKline actually offered a refund of the drug they make for “Bubble Boy Syndrome” did not work as advertised to Read More »

Physicians are fed up with high drug prices too; one physician offers some good ideas on how to lower drug costs in the USA

Physicians are fed up with high drug prices too; one physician offers some good ideas on how to lower drug costs in the USA. Drug prices in the USA are the highest in the world. Why do we pay so much more? The answer is that there is a willingness to do so at any cost and insurers are part of the problem, as well as legislation that limits a willingness to negotiate drug prices such as the Medicare program. This of course needs to change, and drug companies price on a whim, and unfortunately get it by heavily advertising Read More »

Heroin and Cocaine are less dangerous than prescription drugs says a new study.

Heroin and Cocaine are less dangerous than prescription drugs says a new study. If you watch television at any time during the day, there is a good chance that you will see a commercial for a new pharmaceutical medication that will solve your problems for you and allow you to live a fuller, more productive life. If you look past the initial message, you will likely hear a bunch of side effects that can be more horrible than the condition it is supposedly going to relieve. It is no secret that in the USA we take more drugs than any Read More »