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What your doctor won't tell you about vitamin D

6/28/2013 - Are you vitamin D deficient? Most people, living in the "modern" (indoor) world are deficient in this "sunshine" vitamin - which is actually an essential hormone for every facet of your life. In fact, a low vitamin D level in your blood is directly connected to a higher incidence of cancer, osteoporosis,...

Americans who ditch overpriced prescriptions save time, money, and health

4/13/2013 - Many Americans are now looking outside the United States for cheaper prescription drugs. The pharmaceutical industry estimates the cost of developing a new drug is at least 800 million dollars. This helps explain the high price that is passed on to consumers, but does medicine have to be this expensive?...

Mind-boggling report: how many drug prescriptions written in the US every year?

9/18/2012 - Medical News Today reports that, in 2011, there was a modest uptick in the number of prescriptions written in the US. The increase brought the total to: 4.02 billion. Yes, in 2011, doctors wrote 4.02 billion prescriptions for drugs in America. That's an average of roughly 13 prescriptions for...

Study: thousands of patients never bother to pick up their prescriptions

11/27/2010 - Some experts are bemoaning the fact that not all drug patients are taking their medications. According to a new report out of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, thousands of Americans never pick up their drug prescriptions after ordering them because they either cost...

Psych doctor wrote 1,000 prescriptions a week for psychotropic drugs

3/27/2010 - The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) is reporting that a Miami psychiatrist has prescribed nearly 14 million pills to Medicaid patients since 2004. According to the report, Fernando Mendez-Villamil wrote about 285,000 prescriptions in just six years with a total taxpayer cost of...

Number of Prescriptions Written in UK for Antidepressants Nearly Equals Entire Population

12/4/2009 - There were 36 million prescriptions issued for antidepressant drugs in the United Kingdom in 2008, nearly one for every adult in the population, according to numbers obtained by the Liberal Democrat party. The number is 2.1 million higher than in 2007. Writing in the Guardian, Ed Halliwell examines...

More Children on Drugs Than Ever: Chronic Prescriptions Increase Dramatically

11/7/2008 - Are your kids on drugs? Did they get them from your doctor? You`re not alone. A new study published in the November issue of Pediatrics Journal shows that the trends for chronic medication in children are way up. The three year study found that the number of type 2 diabetes medications prescribed for...

Psychotropic Drug Prescriptions to Children Skyrocket 400 Percent in Ten Years

12/7/2007 - Prescriptions of psychiatric drugs in the United Kingdom to children under the age of 16 have more than quadrupled since the mid-1990s, according to figures recorded by the government. In the mid-'90s, general practitioners wrote 146,000 such prescriptions, while in the most recent fiscal year they...

UGA researchers find high rates of off-label prescriptions (press release)

9/25/2006 - A University of Georgia study has found that three-quarters of people prescribed antidepressant drugs receive the medications for a reason not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration. This practice, known as off-label prescribing, is legal and intended to give physicians the flexibility...

Psychotropic drug prescriptions for teens surge 250 percent over 7 year period (press release)

8/25/2006 - Psychotropic drug prescriptions for teenagers skyrocketed 250 percent between 1994 and 2001, rising particularly sharply after 1999, when the federal government allowed direct-to-consumer advertising and looser promotion of off-label use of prescription drugs, according to a new Brandeis University...

The great direct-to-consumer prescription drug advertising con: how patients and doctors alike are easily influenced to demand dangerous drugs

7/31/2005 - A cute, animated ball bounces around very sadly until he takes a magic potion; suddenly, it becomes happier than ever. No, that isn't the plot of a new children's movie. On the contrary, it's the storyline of a Zoloft commercial – yes, Zoloft, a powerful antidepressant drug. In the 1990s, direct-to-consumer...

Experiment shows medical doctors to be glorified drug dealers, easily manipulated by drug companies

7/2/2005 - Here’s some fascinating news in the world of medicine that really shows the drug racket -- the huge prescription drug scam taking place in this country today. Researchers sent a group of people, who said they saw the drug Paxil in a TV advertisement, into doctors’ offices. Many of these patients didn't...

If prescription drugs are so good, where are all the healthy drug takers?

7/15/2004 - When observing the state of modern medicine and the unprecedented influence of pharmaceuticals, an interesting paradox arises. The drug companies claim that pharmaceuticals can do wonders for people: lower their cholesterol, end clinical depression, reverse osteoporosis, eliminate allergies, calm your...

Prescriptions suffer intentional shortage as pharmaceutical companies try to cut off supplies to Canada

5/10/2004 4:45:25 PM - In the ongoing battle over drugs from Canada, the monopolistic U.S. pharmaceutical companies and the FDA have resorted to all sorts of mob-like tactics: they've threatened resellers with legal action, they've engaged in scare tactics to try to make people afraid of drugs purchased over the border,...

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