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Antibiotic drug resistance is creating a global crisis, UN report says - Vox
Easy and cheap to fix. So what's the problem? No financial incentives for a drug we don't need yet.
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  capitalism 
4 weeks ago by daguti
OxyContin Maker Explored Expansion Into “Attractive”… — ProPublica
"In internal correspondence beginning in 2014, Purdue Pharma executives discussed how the sale of opioids and the treatment of opioid addiction are “naturally linked” and that the company should expand across “the pain and addiction spectrum,”"
crime  crime-against-humanity-shameful  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  capitalism-greed  corruption-corporate 
january 2019 by daguti
Are Those Health Care Alliance Cards You Got in the Mail a Scam? - Pacific Standard
I have two of these cards in my wallet.

Another way to save is to look up "in-store generics" at various places:
-Costco
-BJ's
-Sam's Club
-CVS
-Target
-Walmart
-Ask at other stores (Walgreens does not seem to have this)

See this list from Target:
https://tgtfiles.target.com/pharmacy/WCMP02-032536_RxGenericsList_NM7.pdf

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https://www.thehealthcarealliance.com/ -- Their website says they have an app that will search all the local pharmacies and tell you which one has your medication at the cheapest price.

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More reviews:
https://katv.com/archive/dont-get-hooked-pharmacy-discount-cards

https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/12/a-drugstore-tool-we-re-not-crazy-about/index.htm
-- This one is particularly in-depth and based on fact and anecdotal experience rather than opinion.

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I've also heard that if you cannot afford your medication, you can appeal directly to the manufacturer. Some of these have forms directly on their website, so you will need to search and ask around. I think it's called something like "Prescription drug assistance" or something.

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Also ask about discounts through memberships: AAA, AARP, Medco, NeedyMeds, and RxAssist

- AAA and AARP you already know about - you need to be a paying member.
- Medco costs $25/invidivual or $40/family.
- The other two are free.
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  health-care  warnings  Reference 
december 2018 by daguti
These tiny robots could be disease-fighting machines inside the body
I remember saying to Steve 10 years ago (while he was going through medical school) that some day we'll look back on these days as barbaric because we just give people medicine and it goes to the whole body rather than only to the site of the problem. This is what causes side-effects. He laughed and said that I didn't understand how medicine works. I held my tongue.


From the article:
"The nanorobots were made from sheets of DNA rolled into tubes containing a blood-clotting drug. On the outside, the researchers placed a small DNA molecule that binds with a protein found only in tumors. When the bots reached tumors, this molecule attached to the protein, triggering the DNA tube to unroll and release the drug.

Most cancer drugs typically have nasty side effects because they can’t distinguish between cancer cells and healthy ones. The researchers showed that the nanorobots only targeted the tumors and didn’t cause clotting elsewhere in the body. They say this offers a promising future of cancer treatments free of side effects."
ideas-stolen  medicine  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  future  future-faith-in-humanity 
october 2018 by daguti
A potential new treatment for baldness has been discovered using a drug originally intended to treat osteoporosis. Researchers found the drug stimulated hair follicles in the lab to grow. It contains a compound which targets a protein that acts as a brake
This is what I hate about pharmaceuticals.

We don't really know what they do - they just seem to cure something, but then they have a pleasant side effect (just like Viagra) and suddenly it's a drug for hair regrowth or erections... like WTF?

UPDATE: I just spent a few minutes reading the comments
Just look at the comments, especially this one (and all its child comments)
by Cryptolution:
https://old.reddit.com/r/science/comments/8i5era/a_potential_new_treatment_for_baldness_has_been/dyp8mc6/

They hand out drugs like candy, collect the money and the users are the ones dealing with the side effects for a lifetime.
inventions-that-became-something-else  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  news  2018  hair 
may 2018 by daguti
Platypus milk might save your life some day
Because Yahoo sucks and their content always disappears, here's the text of the article:

Also, archived here: http://archive.is/YJwMj

"Modern medicine has done a great job at creating antibiotics to fight infection — in fact, it might be doing too good of a job. As antibiotic use has spiked over the past century or so, the potential for antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” has grown ever more frightening. Now, new research is helping scientists rethink their approach to antibiotics, and their inspiration comes from a rather unlikely source: platypus milk.

Platypuses are weird animals. With their duck-like bill and rodent-like bodies, the creatures have always been fascinating, and researchers now know that their milk is just as bizarre as the animals themselves. In a new paper published in Structural Biology Communications, Australian scientists reveal the strange properties that give platypus milk incredible antibiotic power, and the breakthrough could yield a new tool for fighting dangerous bacteria.

“The platypus belongs to the monotreme family, a small group of mammals that lay eggs and produce milk to feed their young,” Dr Janet Newman, lead author of the study, explains. “By taking a closer look at their milk, we’ve characterized a new protein that has unique antibacterial properties with the potential to save lives.”

Those unique properties are related to the shape of the protein structure in the milk. By recreating the protein in a laboratory the researchers were able to study it in greater detail, and that’s when they realized just how remarkable it was. The animals have developed an odd, curly fold in their milk protein which led the team to dub it the “Shirley Temple” in honor of the child star’s iconic hair.

The protein’s novel structure is thought to be responsible for its remarkable resistance to bacteria, and the researchers now hope to extend their work by applying this newfound knowledge to antibiotic creation. The next phase of the work will reveal whether the discovery could be meaningful in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

“Although we’ve identified this highly unusual protein as only existing in monotremes, this discovery increases our knowledge of protein structures in general, and will go on to inform other drug discovery work done at the Centre,” Dr Newman says."

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medicine medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions nature animals
medicine  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  nature  animals 
march 2018 by daguti
Can drugmakers buy doctor loyalty with free meals? - UPI.com
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THIS IS THE ARTICLE YOU'RE LOOKING FOR...

When you're looking to show that something as small as a meal can influence the behavior of a doctor.

However, note FTA:
"However, the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. It may be that doctors attend industry events where information is provided on drugs they already prefer, the authors noted.

Dr. David Grande, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, in Philadelphia, thinks that's unlikely.

"These findings provide even more support to do away with gifts altogether," he said."
medicine-doctors-or-hospitals  corruption  money-as-a-corrupting-influence  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  statistics  research-studies 
june 2016 by daguti
The Great Statin Con? | Dr Aseem Malhotra
From a FB post: "What most people don't realise is that pharmaceutical companies have a fiduciary obligation to provide profit for their shareholders but not give you the best treatment. But the "real scandals" as pointed out by Cardiologist Peter Wilmshurst at a talk given at the centre of evidence medicine are that regulators fail to prevent misconduct by industry and that doctors, institutions and journals whose primary responsibility should be to patients and scientific integrity "collude with industry for financial gain." ..... a post that Diana Young posted: https://www.facebook.com/diana.young.161446/posts/560132004167821
health-cholesterol  capitalism-greed  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions 
april 2016 by daguti
A New Way to Save the Bees: Have Them Deliver Natural Pesticides to Crops | TakePart
medicine-pharmaceutcals = This reminds me of the conversation I had with Steve where I said that the concept of modern medicines is barbaric because we're basically "crop dusting" the entire body (ingesting a pill) with a substance and it travels throughout the body, perhaps only a tiny fraction of it ends up going to where it needs to go. All the while, as it travels throughout the body, it's wreaking havoc (i.e. side-effects.) It'll be a fine day when we develop the kind of nanotreatments that deliver the precise, tiny dose of whatever to the exact location where it's needed.
animals-bees  agriculture-pesticides  future-faith-in-humanity  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions 
february 2016 by daguti
Diana Young - there is so much stuff we do not think about.....
nature-provides-free-priceless-services = A new tag to keep track of examples in which nature provides services that we reap the benefits of at no cost. Another example would be the fresh air that nature provides, the changing of the seasons, the fact that bees fertilize plants at no charge to us, the turning of the earth, such that we get night and day, providing sun and rest to plants, etc.
nature-provides-free-priceless-services  animals  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  interesting 
february 2016 by daguti
Diana Young - A BILLION DOLLAR BRAND (harm counted separately)...
Never really thought about it. Aspirin vs acetamitophen. Also, remember that all brand names are required by law to have the same active ingredient (and dosage, I think) as their generic counterparts, so save money and go generic. But use Tylenol with caution. Better to use enteric coated aspirin (EC aspirin) than Tylenol or other acetamitphen brands. .................... capitalism-greed = "McNeil says the warning would put it at a competitive disadvantage."
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  medicine-over-the-counter-otc  warnings  safety  capitalism-greed 
december 2015 by daguti
Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s - The Atlantic
counterintuitive = We're used to thinking of diet & exercise as the only things that matter for maintaining weight, but we're literally in a stew of chemicals & pharmaceuticals that are killing our gut bacteria and inducing our bodies to gain weight, EVEN AT THE SAME FOOD & INTAKE LEVELS of 30 years ago.
meetup-movnat  fitness  health  counterintuitive  health-gut-bacteria  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  health-weight-or-weight-loss 
october 2015 by daguti
Playing The Odds With Statins: Heart Disease Or Diabetes? : Shots - Health News : NPR
"On reflection, maybe the reason I got statins was not medical but economic. My health plan rates its doctors by their efficiency in taming patient numbers. Taking a pill is easy and gets quick results. Regular cardiovascular exercise, repeated blood tests and doctor's visits is more uncertain and expensive. ..... My victory was in finally figuring out the right questions to ask. I'm still shaken because she had prescribed to formula but not to me as an individual. We both missed things in the risk conversations we should have had. Next time I hope to do better at asking questions like "Why?" and "What happens in people like me?" and "What are the alternatives?""
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  health-cholesterol 
march 2015 by daguti
Free Viewing of Bought Movie
Not sure where I stand on this documentary. Stephanie from the Dokumenta group recommended it as an excellent documentary, but in the trailer I see questions raised about vaccines, which I think is ludicrous. However, I do believe other drugs are way too loosely bandied about.
movies-to-watch-documentaries  medicine  medicine-vaccines  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions 
february 2015 by daguti
Thanks To L.A.'s Anti-Vaxxer Parents, Whooping Cough Cases Explode To 70-Year High : atheism
food-factory-farming = "Between anti-vaxxers and the fact that we're entering an era of post-antibiotic effectiveness thanks to factory farming (and then doing the stupidest thing imaginable - depending on the free market to produce more antibiotics), I'm beginning to think that we're asking for it."
medicine-vaccines  food-factory-farming  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions 
december 2014 by daguti
Meat and Antibiotics - 2013 Meat Eaters Guide | Meat Eater's Guide to Climate Change Health | Environmental Working Group
"A significant contributor to the looming superbug crisis, according to scientists and health experts, is unnecessary antibiotic usage by factory farms that produce most of the 8.9 billion animals raised for food in the U.S. every year. Industrial livestock producers routinely dose their animals with pharmaceuticals, mostly administered with limited veterinary oversight and frequently without prescriptions, to encourage faster growth or prevent infection in crowded, stressful and often unsanitary living conditions." ............................ explanation-simplification = See the 4-step infographic "Superbugs From Farm To Work"
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  food  food-factory-farming  warnings  explanation-simplification 
december 2014 by daguti
This Nursing Home Calms Troubling Behavior Without Risky Drugs : Shots - Health News : NPR
A positive turn at one nursing home to the "overmedicated" story I bookmarked recently with these same tags. ............................... THIS! THIS is what it should all be about (and not just in nursing homes, EVERYWHERE!) ----> "Whether working in dining services or maintenance, any staff member who spots a problem behavior by one of the residents is expected to try to figure out the rationale behind it, Reyes says. "And once we figure that out, we can often times curb it," she says, "or eliminate it completely.""
elderly  health-aging  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions 
december 2014 by daguti
A generic drug company (Retrophin) buys up the rights to a cheap treatment for a rare kidney disorder. And promptly jacks the price up 20x. A look at what they're up to. : news
marketing-social-media-campaigns-proper-responses = The CEO of the company in question signed onto this thread and started answering questions. .... One of his best replies is at: http://www.reddit.com/r/news/comments/2g43kw/a_generic_drug_company_retrophin_buys_up_the/ckfqmo9 .... It ends with "I'm 31 and I like Imgur"

UPDATE 2015-09-22: The guy's name is Martin Shkreli and he's back in the news for doing the same with an AIDS drug. I just created the tag people-martin-shkreli because I have a feeling I'll hear about this dick in the future and I want an easy way to track him.

UPDATE 2019-03-12: As predicted, Martin Shkreli has become the face of corporate greed, having ended up in prison and becoming the cover for one of Netflix's episodes of "Dirty Money"
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  capitalism-greed  capitalism  marketing-social-media-campaigns-proper-responses  people-martin-shkreli 
september 2014 by daguti
Ebola outbreak: Why has 'Big Pharma' failed deadly virus' victims? - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent
Failure of the free market: ""The problem with that is, even if you've got a way of making a vaccine, unless there's a big market, it's not worth the while of a mega-company …. There was no business case to make an Ebola vaccine for the people who needed it most: first because of the nature of the outbreak; second, the number of people likely to be affected was, until now, thought to be very small; and third, the fact that the people affected are in some of the poorest countries in the world and can't afford to pay for a new vaccine. It's a market failure.""
disease  medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  corruption  corruption-corporate  capitalism-greed  economics-free-market 
september 2014 by daguti
(3) Steve Harris's answer to What is an example of something true that nobody generally wants to admit? - Quora
republicans = Because they are always talking about the free market, smaller government, but then shit like this happens and you don't hear a peep. "That drug prices (even non-controlled drugs that the DEA doesn't care about, like blood pressure pills) are at least twice as high in the US as anywhere else in the world, because your congress was bribed by the pharmaceutical lobby into setting up a system where third party drug imports are outlawed, and US companies are allowed to gouge the US consumer at will. It's not a free market. A drug like Lipitor, all of which is made in Ireland, costs Canadians half what it does "
medicine-pharmaceuticals-drugs-prescriptions  corruption  government  prices-or-cost  politics-philosophies-republicans  countries-united-states-america 
august 2014 by daguti

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