Black Box Drugs
Health & Medical

Black Box Drugs: Skull and Crossed Bones

Fifty years ago, it wasn’t unusual to find products sold in the drug store with a “Skull and Crossed Bones” on the label. Tincture of Iodine was one product that most seniors are familiar. Black Box drugs are now long gone, replaced with branded products that cost much more. Today’s prescription drugs carry such warnings…

Health & Medical

Drug Assistance Programs from Pharmaceutical Companies

Most pharmaceutical companies run programs aimed to facilitate the accessibility of needed medications for patients who are in financial difficulties and are not eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. These programs have different requirements and require the physician to register the patient. Programs are evolving rapidly, so I enjoin you to consult the Pharmaceutical…

Health & Medical

Medicine and Health: The Radical Future has Begun

As presented to his DePauw University Class of 1957 at their 50th Reunion, June 2007 Medical advances in the last 50 years-immunizations, organ transplants, heart surgery, pharmaceuticals, joint replacement, flexible endoscopy, and imaging, among others-have helped increase expected life span 17 years [1]. Although dramatic, those innovations have been gradual enough that they did not…

Health & Medical Political

Lower Rx Costs: Ask Your Senators to Sponsor and Support S2328

YOU CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE! If passed, this bill will make all medicine lower in cost in the US A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation (S.2328) that would allow Americans to fill prescriptions in Canada and eventually allow imports from 20 industrialized countries. Cosponsors of the bill, including Sens. Byron Dorgan (D-ND),…

Health & Medical Political

The Difference Between the Dorgan-Snow and Gregg-Smith Bills in the Senate

Gregg-Smith Myths versus Bipartisan Facts Gregg-Smith Myth #1: The bipartisan drug importation bill sponsored by Senators Dorgan, Snowe, Kennedy, McCain and many others: “Allows importation of potentially hazardous unapproved prescription drugs.” Bipartisan Fact: Only FDA-approved drugs may be imported under the bipartisan drug importation bill. In fact, only the bipartisan bill provides a way for…

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