Pharmaceuticals

2:27pm

Wed July 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

A Surge In Painkiller Overdoses Among Women

Originally published on Mon July 8, 2013 6:52 am

Drugs found in the medicine chest are claiming more women's lives than cocaine and heroin.
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Women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while men still suffer more overdoses, women are catching up fast.

From 1999 to 2010, the CDC found a fivefold increase in the number and rate of such cases among middle-aged women. Over the same period, the rate of overdoses from prescription painkillers increased 3.5 times in men.

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2:48am

Wed July 3, 2013
Health

Deadly Painkiller Overdoses Affecting More Women

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 3:59 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's look now at some disturbing health news. At study out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows women are dying from overdoses of prescription painkillers at a much higher rate than men. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Men still die from these overdoses at a higher rate than women. Women are dying from the overdoses at a much higher rate than ever before.]

Over the past decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of women overdosing. NPR's Patti Neighmond reports.

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10:19am

Fri June 28, 2013
Shots - Health News

Feds Bust Drug Websites Masquerading As Big-Name Chains

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 2:55 pm

Federal authorities seized a bunch of websites belonging to online pharmacies that were allegedly breaking the law.
FDA

If you're looking for a deal on prescription drugs or tired of standing in line at the drugstore counter, maybe you'd be inclined to try an online pharmacy.

Perhaps you'd feel better about that choice if the site carried the name of a well-known chain, say, www.walgreen-store.com or www.c-v-s-pharmacy.com.

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3:00pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Shots - Health News

Maine Once Again Allows Mail-Order Canadian Drugs To Cut Costs

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 10:03 am

They're back: Cheaper mail-order medications from Canada and other foreign lands.
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It's deja vu all over again in Maine.

For the first time in years, a state has acted to allow its citizens to purchase prescription drugs by mail from other countries. The idea is to take advantage of those nations' lower prices, which can be half the cost of those at American pharmacies.

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10:03pm

Mon June 24, 2013
Shots - Health News

Top Medicare Prescribers Rake In Speaking Fees From Drugmakers

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 3:38 pm

How does the doctor decide what to write on the prescription pad?
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When the blood pressure drug Bystolic hit the market in 2008, it faced a crowded field of cheap generics.

So its maker, Forest Laboratories, launched a promotional assault on the group in the best position to determine Bystolic's success: those in control of prescription pads. It flooded the offices of health professionals with drug reps, and it hired doctors to persuade their peers to choose Bystolic — even though the drug hadn't proved more effective than competitors.

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