The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Pharmacist Challenges Concept of Chronic Conditions and Maintenance Meds

Pharma has a financial incentive to convince people that many ailments are “chronic conditions" even though much is known about preventing those conditions.

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Prescriptions on Demand from Online Doctors

Do you ever buy anything online? Would you consider visiting online doctors or prescriptions on demand? Online prescribing and dispensing are expanding.

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Can You Save Money by Importing Drugs from Canada?

The government has recently done an about-face on importing drugs from Canada. For years we were were told this is a terrible idea. Maybe now it will be OK.

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Drug Side Effects

A Pharmacist Condemns Pharma’s Approach to Health

Pharma (the pharmaceutical industry) views the human body as a machine that is constantly prone to breakdown and needs shoring up with synthetic chemicals.

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Is It Now Legal To Import Drugs from Canada?

Saving money on medicines has become a hot political football. There's a lot of smoke but very little action. Can you really import drugs from Canada?

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Drug Side Effects

Drug Advertisements, Scary Side Effects and Cognitive Dissonance

How do pharmacists and the general public react to the reality of potentially very serious adverse effects? Is denial a common coping mechanism?

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Will Politicians Ever Lower High Drug Prices?

Drug prices are going up! Surprised? We didn't think so. Politicians keep promising to lower high drug prices and keep failing miserably. It happened again!

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Drug Side Effects

Why Are Pharmacists Silent about Generic Drug Quality?

Some writers have raised serious questions about generic drug quality, but most pharmacists don't seem very interested in the topic. Why not?

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Bulky Bowel Movements

How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

An intriguing study reveals that what you feed your microbiota influences the variety of microbes in your intestines. The relationships are unique to you.

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Bizarre Brand Name Drugs Drive Readers Crazy!

Have you tried pronouncing brand name drugs these days? It's enough to make you gag. There's Otezla, Xeljanz, Xarelto or Zytiga. What is it with Xs and Zs?

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Do Pharmacists Like Pills More Than Prevention?

A pharmacist says, "I'm more interested in prevention than pills." Does that make him a pariah?

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What Do Interns Do All Day?

A new time-motion study finds that interns spend far more time in front of computers than they do interacting directly with patients.

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Drug Side Effects

Polypharmacy and Premature Deaths Especially in Older People

How many pills do you take each morning. Anything more than 2 or 3 means you are practicing polypharmacy. Multiple medicines could lead to a deadly mix.

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Alzheimer’s Disease

Will High Drug Prices Soon Destroy Healthcare?

Has the pharmaceutical industry become too greedy? High drug prices for rare but deadly diseases are breaking the health care system. What can be done?

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Do Cosmetics Contain Chemicals That Speed Puberty?

Many cosmetics contain chemicals such as parabens or phthalates that can alter development. Other personal care products may also change hormones.

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Be Prepared for Anything

Be prepared for common illnesses and ailments by keeping your medicines organized but out of kids' reach. Here's what you may need.

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Drug Side Effects

Why Is Your Prescription Drug Label A Disaster?

Have you ever looked for a lot number on a prescription drug label? It's important if drugs are recalled. It's impossible to find if pills are repackaged

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Will Rx Drug Commercials with Price Information Discourage Patients?

Pressure from the Trump administration has encouraged J&J to announce it will include price information on Rx drug commercials. Will that solve the problem?

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Drug Side Effects

Are Rebates to Blame for Drug Price Increases?

Pharmacy benefit managers use a complex and obscure system of rebates. Drug manufacturers claim these are the true culprits behind rising drug prices.

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Why Has Healthcare Marketing Increased So Much?

The amount spent on healthcare marketing has ballooned in the past few decades as the business of healthcare has grown increasingly profitable.