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April 19, 2016

Confirmed: Medicare Docs Who Accept Pharma Pay Prescribe More Brand Name Drugs

…payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies do tend to prescribe more brand name drugs and devices as opposed to less costly generic options. ProPublica, a highly respected investigative journalism…

December 8, 2014

Who Names These Drugs, Anyway?

If you have trouble pronouncing the name of one or more of your drugs, or you think drug names are getting stranger and stranger, you’re not alone. Who can pronounce…

November 21, 2014

Three Older Women Experiment With Drugs

The tide is turning. In Washington state, where recreational use of marijuana is now legal, Paula, Dorothea and Deirdre tried pot for the first time last week – on…

March 14, 2014

Your Meds Might Be Making You Sick

…your doctor if one of the drugs you’re taking is on the Beers list. While the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging insists that these drugs aren’t necessarily unsafe for…

August 25, 2017

This Senate Bill Could Help Lower Drug Prices

…in large part because there is no free market for drugs. The FDA approves drugs based on select evidence of their effectiveness, without knowing their price or how effective they…

July 17, 2019

Two new ways to reduce Alzheimer’s risk

…University of Nottingham. He led a study looking at these drugs—such as some antihistamines, antidepressants, medications for GI problems and for bladder disorders. The drugs work by blocking acetylcholine, which…

October 19, 2015

Medicare Open Enrollment 2016: What You Need to Know

…one of them? All PDPs will use tiered cost sharing — they’ll classify drugs in five tiers, and almost all will require you to share the cost of the non-preferred…

January 9, 2019

New Years Resolutions for your Medicine Cabinet

…of your prescription medications. Are there drugs in your medicine cabinet you aren’t using anymore? What about ones that are expired? Are you storing them properly? Here are 5 things…

April 2, 2013

Would You Volunteer For a Clinical Trial?

…volunteers to test new drugs, new diagnostic and other medical equipment, and new health prevention and improvement options. The Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP) in…

October 16, 2013

The Affordable Care Act: How Will It Affect You?

…D are more than $2,850 in 2014, you’ll pay 47.5 percent of the cost of your brand-name drugs and 72 percent of the cost of generic drugs. These percentages will…

May 4, 2017

How VR Could Break America’s Opioid Addiction

…USA: chronic pain and opioid abuse. Over the last few decades, US doctors have tackled constant pain problems by prescribing ever-higher levels of opioid painkillers—drugs such as hydrocodone and oxycodone,…

January 30, 2018

Flu 2018: Myths and Facts for Older Adults

…get the flu, what should you do? Call your doctor to see if you are a candidate for the prescription-only anti-viral drugs (such as TamiFlu, Relenza, Rapivab), Dr. Schaffner says….

January 31, 2013

DON’T Just Take 2 of These: Questioning Your Doc Could Save Your Life

drugs are prescribed), researchers conducted a three-year study among general practitioners in Parma, who collectively treat as many as 100,000 patients over age 65. Once the GPs were educated about…

November 6, 2016

A Senior’s Guide to Sex Without Intercourse

…is the main event. When men rely on erectile performance drugs like Viagra or Cialis, they may find sex less satisfying, because although the drugs give them erections, they don’t…

March 2, 2014

10 creative older women find fans on the web, and more news from the week online

…of people over 70 have some measure of color blindness (click here for more). Blood pressure meds may lead to falls Older people who take drugs to lower their blood…