Tag: medications

The pill phenomenon in the USA, Consumer Reports investigates this disturbing trend.

The pill phenomenon in the USA, Consumer Reports investigates this disturbing trend. Statistically, Americans are taking more medications than ever before, and spending more on them than any other country in the world.  Some doctors are beginning to resist this trend but more often than not, drugs designed to improve our lives are hampering it in more ways than we can imagine.   The other concern is that we are often getting medical advice that usually ends with us taking a prescription medication, rather than advice that can naturally improve our health without the cost or the side effects. The growing Read More »

Are the side effects of commonly used drugs driving healthcare costs higher?

Are the side effects of commonly used drugs driving healthcare costs higher? We all know someone who has taken a drug that landed them in the hospital.   Often, different doctors will recommend different medications which when combined can cause side effects that may include increased glucose levels, low blood pressure or worse, and may land you in the hospital. While the movement toward evidence-based care is continuing to evolve, the data on how many patients end up being hospitalized from drugs they believe are necessary for their health is clearly showing an unhealthy trend. According to Scienmag, a science magazine, Read More »

Over-the-counter medications; Safe or dangerous according to the NY Times.

Over-the-counter medications; Safe or dangerous according to the NY Times. Many of us have taken over-the-counter medications, that are supposed to be safe and effective for what ails us.   Over the past few years, the media has made us aware of some of the dangers of over utilizing some medications such as pain relievers which can affect kidney function. Others simply do not do what the manufacturers say they do. How as a consumer are you supposed to know what symptom-relieving over-the-counter medication to take.  Are the ones that previously required prescriptions riskier? Check out this NY Times article to Read More »

New medical guidelines require doctors consider the cost of treatments as well as their value says the NY Times

New medical guidelines require doctors consider the cost of treatments as well as their value says the NY Times New medical guidelines are now being developed from a number of medical specialty groups to help combat the cost of medical care. Many of those treatments involve drugs that are new a wildly priced, with often little improvement over much less costly treatments. This is a new development since doctors have always placed patients first and costs secondary, however, as patients are finding more and more of the cost shifted to them from insurance carriers, it places sometimes unrealistic financial burdens Read More »