Tag: medication

Overmedicating the elderly instead of caring for them; is this a side effect of for profit medicine?

Over medicating the elderly instead of caring for them; is this a side effect of for profit medicine? Years ago, when you visited a doctor, they would spend whatever time was needed to figure out your problem. While not a perfect system, most of us thought of our doctor as not only someone who helped us in times of trouble but also someone we could rely on and trust. Some of us may have been placed on a blood pressure medicine or another medication and would be managed simply by their doctor, A specialist who may have been required if Read More »

How Partnership HealthPlan, a major insurer in California dealt with the Opioid problem, after causing it.

How Partnership HealthPlan, a major insurer in California dealt with the Opioid problem, after causing it. We continue to hear about the Opioid problem.  True, it was created by medical practice and in California, and Partnership HealthPlan admits they played a large role in why it developed. Assessing and admitting you are the cause of a huge health problem, caused by your treating health problems was not easy for them to do, but back in 2014, they decided to take action to reverse the problem. According to Mother Jones, “Many counties where Partnership operated had among the highest rates of opioid Read More »

We consume too many medicines according to Dr. Andrew Weil. Many pharmacists and doctors will probably agree.

We consume too many medicines according to Dr. Andrew Weil.  Many pharmacists and doctors will probably agree. Periodically, a patient will present with a number of medical conditions in our office.  Quite often, they will give us a list of the medications they are taking on a regular basis. We see this quite often in Florida, where many elderly people spend their weeks going from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist.  Most of these visits end with the doctor either requesting a test or writing a prescription for a problem they are treating medicinally. When a patient sees multiple doctors, for Read More »

Why we pay more for drugs than any other developed country according to the Wall Street Journal.

Why we pay more for drugs than any other developed country according to the Wall Street Journal. Unless you have not been paying attention, the media has been reporting about the rise in drug prices due to consolidation of companies (mega mergers), generic drugs rising four fold over the past several years and companies buying the patent rights to produce drugs, while raising the cost to consumers in the USA rediculously. The amount spent on television advertising alone by big pharma has been reported to outstrip the amount spend in research and development of new drugs.  Many newer and more Read More »

The over doctoring of the elderly; do all those meds really improve their health?

  The over doctoring of the elderly; do all those meds really improve their health? In Florida, many of my parent’s friends visit doctors almost weekly looking for answers to problems that are solely age-related. Most doctors medicate what they cannot solve, and some continue to run test after test as if it will make a difference in the outcome, which in the end is the same for all of us. Doctors’ offices are filled with people such as these who just want some relief and some good advice, or perhaps a referral to someone who may have a better Read More »