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Insurers shun those taking certain meds

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

How health insurers secretly blacklist those with certain ailments. Source: Miami Herald Trying to buy health insurance on your own and have gallstones? You’ll automatically be denied coverage. Rheumatoid arthritis? Automatic denial. Severe acne? Probably denied. Do you take metformin, a popular drug for diabetes? Denied. Use the anti-clotting drug Plavix or Seroquel, prescribed for […]

Heart Disease: Combined Treatment Is Best

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Heart Patients Fare Better When They Fix Both Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, Study Shows Source: Web MD Heart disease patients who achieve normal blood pressure and very low cholesterol levels with aggressive drug therapy do better than patients who achieve only one of these goals, new research suggests. Using ultrasound to identify plaque buildup within […]

New Treatments Improve Control for Severe Asthma

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Over just one decade, new asthma medications and tools have significantly improved the management of this serious airway disease. When compared to children treated in the mid-’90s, children with severe asthma during 2004 to 2007 were less likely to need oral steroids and rescue inhalers, and their lung function scores were improved, according to a […]

Drug Sales in U.S. Rise at Slowest Rate in 47 Years

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Retail sales of prescription drugs in the U.S. showed the slowest growth in at least 47 years, as cheaper pills and the recession cut spending. Sales of medicines for 2008 rose 1.3 percent to $291 billion, said IMS Health Inc., which compiled the data, in a statement today. That compares with a 3.8 percent increase […]

Drug Cost Cutting Could Prove Dangerous

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Everyone is looking for ways to make ends meet. However, a just-released Consumer Reports survey shows that some people are cutting corners in ways that could actually be jeopardizing their health. Sticker shock is taking a toll at the pharmacy counter. A Consumer Reports Health poll of more than 2,000 Americans reveals 66 percent didn’t […]

Poll shows patients, physicians do not discuss prescription prices.

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

 WebMD (3/17, Zwillich) reported that a Consumers Union poll of about 2,000 adults (+ / – 3.4 percentage points) from Jan. 15-19 found that most “patients never talk about price when getting a drug prescription from their doctor, and few confront the actual price of their drugs before it’s time to pay at the pharmacy.” […]

Some pharmacists helping patients obtain pills that can be split.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

 CNN (3/12, Kavilanz) reports, “More consumers, struggling to contain medical expenses, are resorting to ‘pill cutting’ to make their prescriptions last longer.” Meanwhile, “at some drug stores, pharmacists are stepping in to help cash-strapped customers get the option to split their pills.” Walgreen spokesman Robert Elsinger “said he’s learned anecdotally of many instances over the […]

Alternate day dosing of rosuvastatin

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Daily dosing of rosuvastatin (Crestor) provides statistically better LDL-C lowering than alternate daily dosing, according to the results of a new study. Rosuvastatin has a longer half-life than other statins, which led the authors to examine the feasibility of alternate daily dosing. The crossover study compared rosuvastatin 20 mg every other day to rosuvastatin 10 […]

Digestion not hurt by heartburn meds

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

Pills to curb acid in stomach tame pain but leave plenty to process food Source: YOU DOCS Q. I have GERD and take Nexium (a proton pump inhibitor) for it. Does reducing the amount of acid in my stomach slow the digestion of food. — Tracie A. Not likely. Proton-pump inhibitors such as Nexium and […]

Effective Treatments Available for Anxiety Disorder

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

When worries pile up, seem inescapable and interfere with day-to-day activities, it’s time to see a doctor. Overwhelming worry is a symptom of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The March issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter covers the symptoms of GAD and treatment options. With generalized anxiety disorder, shedding worries is difficult, even when the worry […]

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