Topic: prescription drugs

Death By Painkiller Overdose Up For 11th Year In A Row (But Politicians Are More Concerned With Birth Control)

Death By Painkiller Overdose Up For 11th Year In A Row (But Politicians Are More Concerned With Birth Control)

According to a new study from the National Center for Health Statistics, death by prescription drug and painkiller overdose increased again in 2010, for the 11th consecutive year. A total of 38,329 people died of drug overdoses, and the study authors attribute the majority of deaths to opioids (which include painkillers like Morphine, Oxycodone, and Methadone). Sadly, the statistics aren’t all that shocking anymore: For over a decade, we’ve seen alarming death rates stemming from painkiller addiction and mismanagement of prescription drugs, but it’s still not all that hard to get and abuse prescription drugs. More »

FDA Postpones Approval Of Novo Nordisk Diabetes Drugs; Reports Focus On Stocks, Not Health

FDA Postpones Approval Of Novo Nordisk Diabetes Drugs; Reports Focus On Stocks, Not Health

Novo Nordisk is the star of today’s health news right now, because the Food and Drug Administration didn’t approve two of their new diabetes drugs as expected. But practically all headlines and articles are focused on one thing: What this means for the value of Novo Nordisk shares. Am I crazy, or should the failure a massive diabetes drug manufacturer to properly test prescription drugs before putting them on the market be of concern to a wider audience than shareholders? More »

Get Smart About Antibiotics So They Don’t Kill Us

Get Smart About Antibiotics So They Don't Kill Us

I appreciate the way the CDC has framed ”Get Smart About Antibiotics” week, with that call to action first and foremost. “Antibiotic awareness” week sounds boring. “Superbugs are trying to kill you” week sounds like a bummer. But “Get Smart About Antibiotics” feels encouraging — get smart about antibiotics? yeah, I think I will! – which is good because being dumb about antibiotics is giving rise to antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistant bacteria are trying pretty hard to kill us all. More »

Kids Prescribed Adderall Not For ADHD, But Because They’re “A Little Blah”

Kids Prescribed Adderall Not For ADHD, But Because They're "A Little Blah"

There’s a new fix-it for the perpetual problem of low-income children’s poor performance in school: giving them Adderall, regardless of whether or not they’ve been diagnosed with A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. Apparently some doctors, including Dr. Micheal Anderson of Georgia, are prescribing Adderall and other stimulants to elementary and middle school students—in order to boost academic performance in struggling low-income schools. More »

UPDATE: How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Make Your Prescription Drug Use Private

UPDATE: How To Change Your Facebook Settings To Make Your Prescription Drug Use Private

You probably already knew this, but Facebook wants to sell you stuff. Despite the fact that the site itself is free to use, the social media giant is all about making money by targeting consumers. Their latest plan? Well, it looks like Facebook might mine the data from your CVS ExtraCare card to sell you more prescription drugs. Can we get an “unlike” for that? More »

A Rebuttal To XOJane’s ‘Anonymous Actress’ Against Adderall

A Rebuttal To XOJane's 'Anonymous Actress' Against Adderall

Man. Between doped-up NASCAR drivers, the New York Times and certain platinum blond bloggers, Adderall is getting a crazy bum rap these days. The latest anti-Adderall opus I’ve seen comes from an anonymous “Hollywood actress” writing on XOJane that elevates the ‘my-experience-is-self-evidently-universal’ genre to a whole new level. It needs to stop. More »