Friday, February 28, 2020
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General Healthcare News

The Danger of Common Nutritional Supplements

Unlike many prescription medications, nutritional supplements are easily available to anyone and do not require a doctor's signature. While these are generally seen as “harmless,” many people do not realize supplements can contain the same ingredients as prescription drugs and pose their own dangers of side effects and/or interactions. According to a...

Overmedication: a Growing Problem With the “Graying” of America

According to the Lown Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank focused on health care policy, American seniors are overmedicated – and this trend could be sending millions of them to emergency rooms due to serious side effects and interactions.According to a press release published late last...

Zantac Lawsuit Filings on the Rise

January saw a number of new lawsuit filings against manufacturers of Zantac and similar ranitidine-containing medications, alleging that these companies were aware of the danger from NDMA contamination. In fact, although Connecticut pharmaceutical testing lab Valisure was the first to announce the discovery publicly this past September, a Stanford University study published...

Pharma Price Gouging: Three States, Three Different Responses

Most people in the U.S. have health coverage that includes prescription drugs, but that does not always mean they are able to afford the specific medication they need. Increasingly, people who are insured must make “tough choices” that are not faced by those in other advanced nations. According to a recent National...

Fraud in U.S. Health Care is Worse Than You Think

Last week, the Department of Justice released a report on settlements and judgments resulting from whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act (FCA). For fiscal year 2019, which ended on September 30th, the total amount recovered was over $3 billion. Of that, almost 87 percent –...

Buying Prescription Drugs From Outside the Country: What are the Risks?

Americans continue to struggle to pay the highest prices in the world for prescription medications, while Congress continues to dither on whether or not to legalize the re-importation of cheaper drugs from outside the country – something that is currently illegal. That hasn't stopped millions from simply...

Drug Companies Start the New Year by Gouging Consumers Again

In their endless, insatiable appetite for maximum profits, several major drug companies have delivered New Year greetings to consumers in the form of price increases for many life-saving medicines designed to treat cancer and HIV. According to consulting firm 3 Axis Advisors, more than 400 prescription drugs will be carrying higher...

Carcinogens in Our Medications: Why Does the FDA Drag its Heels?

Recently, a small, privately-owned and operated lab in Connecticut discovered “high levels” of a carcinogenic chemical in batches of ranitidine (Zantac). It was not just contamination from an outside source. Scientists at the Valisure determined that the problem was inherent in the molecule itself. They notified the FDA immediately, which in...

How a Small, Independent Pharmacy in Connecticut is Alerting Americans to Dangerous Prescription Drugs

Like other pharmacies, Valisure is in operation to turn a profit. It purchases medications from wholesale operations, adds a modest markup, then resells them to retail outlets and health care institutions. There is one major difference that sets Valisure apart: they test every product that comes through their lab. As a...

What Has Caused the Shortage of Shingrix – the Shingles Vaccine?

Shortly after the FDA granted approval for Shingrix in 2017, the Centers for Disease Control recommended it over the older shingles vaccine, Zostavax. Reports of serious side effects from Zostavax have also resulted in a growing demand for Shingrix – and now, patients looking to receive a shingles vaccine are finding...