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11 Apr: Are You Over 40? Doctors Are Recommending That You Quit Taking Ibuprofen

When we end up with a headache or minor back pain, we often head to the pharmacy to buy an over-the-counter pain medication. When purchasing these medicines, we place a certain amount of trust in the safety and effectiveness of the product. Are over-the-counter drugs safe? Not so fast… Although you may assume over-the-counter medications are completely safe, this is not necessarily true. Since these medications are easy to find and purchase, we often fail to consider the potential side effects of these drugs. However, this lack of concern can cause us to look past important health risks that we need to be aware of. One of the most popular pain medications, Ibuprofen (also referred to as Advil), has been…

Eliana Lawrence Loses Hair from Wen hair product

19 Dec: Wen or Lose? The FDA Issues an Alert Against a Popular Hair Product

11-year old Eliana Lawrence from Denver used to have beautiful curly red hair that she cherished dearly, but things changed dramatically when she used a popular hair product. She started losing clumps of hair after the treatment. Many people have had the same unfortunate experience, and now the Food and Drug Administration has decided to raise a warning about the product. The treatment, which has been endorsed by a celebrity, is so popular that there are chances that you are probably keeping it in your bathroom! Eliana decided to try the product just before she turned 10 years old, and she will never forget the disastrous encounter. The beauty treatment is hyped to be “all-natural” and “safe” but her experience…

6 Crazy Examples of Prescription Drug Price Gouging

06 Oct: 6 Crazy Examples of Prescription Drug Price Gouging

News has broke about the recent prescription drug price gouging that has been taking place, and its leaving some individuals in serious medical trouble. Without the money to pay for the increases in drug prices, patients often see their medical conditions becoming worse, even to the point of death. Take a look at the examples of some of the most craziest drug price increases for yourself . . . Turing Pharmaceuticals Perhaps one of the most insane prescription price increases was that made by Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO, Martin Shkreli. When he raised the price of a Daraprim pill from $13.50 to $750, (5,000% markup) he became one of the most hated men in the American and a “poster child” for Big Pharma’s insidious greed….

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03 Feb: Can America Health Thyself? [Infographic]

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How to Spot a Fake Online Pharmacy

20 Jan: Here’s How to Spot a Fake Online Pharmacy

If you are looking to the Internet for medication that you can afford and that is safe, you would probably like the security of knowing that you are looking at legitimate websites. For this reason, it can be extremely disturbing to know that there are fake online pharmacies out there. These websites are very dangerous, as they can compromise your health by sending medication that is substandard or counterfeit. Additionally, they can steal your identity. There are certain things you can do, however, to avoid these scamming fake online pharmacies. FDA Shutdown of Fake Online Pharmacies Back in June of 2013 the FDA’s International Operation Pangea VI shut down thousands of illegal online pharmacies, some of these being fake Canadian online pharmacies. These…

eDrugSearch.com's 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

09 Jan: eDrugSearch.com’s 14 Most Popular Posts From 2014

  Aren’t you just a little bit curious to see what articles and infographics were the most popular in 2014? Here’s the countdown: 14.) What Everybody Ought to Know About Heartburn Medications – Learn about the upside to taking heartburn medications, downsides and risks, proper diagnosis, and how to find the best price on your medications. 13.) 17 Common Prescription Drugs with Bad Side Effects – Let’s take a look at a few of these prescription drugs with bad side effects, what those side effects are, and what you can do if you experience any of them. 12.) Pay LESS than Your $10 Co-pay for Many Generic Medications! – If your monthly co-pay is $10, then that seems reasonable. But what if you can get your generic medications…

FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

09 Dec: FDA Reveals New Drug Labeling for Pregnant Women

Many pregnant women suffer from chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or asthma and they have to take medication, such as Metformin, Sectral, and Alvesco, on a regular basis. They may also develop new conditions during pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes, an infection, or morning sickness. In addition, the dosage of medications they took previously might change as their body changes during pregnancy. There are so many factors involved that it can be very intimidating for a woman to know what medication she can and cannot safely take. Previous FDA Drug Labeling System Up until now, the FDA has used an outdate letter system to label prescription drugs for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The letters used in this…

Dangerous Side Effects of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

25 Nov: Dangerous Side Effects of Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Antibiotics are prescribed on a daily basis, and when used under the right circumstances, they can help people recover from illness and even save lives, but it has been argued that they are over-prescribed. They can also have unwanted and very serious side effects that many people do not consider or realize when it comes to this type of drug. What to Watch Out For According to Jane Brody writing for The New York Times, the class of antibiotics that has some of the most severe side effects is also one of the most popular – fluoroquinolones. Fluoroquinolones include drugs such as the well-known Avelox, Levaquin, and Cipro. Of these, Johnson & Johnson’s Levaquin was the top-selling antibiotic in 2010,…

The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

07 Oct: The Financial Toxicity of Cancer Treatment

  The past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a segment “The Cost of Cancer Drugs” in which Leslie Stahl got down to the core of the high drug prices and the financial toxicity of cancer treatment. The focus was on drugs used in the treatment of cancer and how they are getting more and more expensive each time a new drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and released for use by the public. This isn’t the first time the high prices of these cancer drugs have been brought up as an important issue. There are a number of medical experts and doctors from around the globe who have been vocal about their concerns of the high costs…

Improper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

12 Aug: The Hidden Danger of the Improper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

  Do you have old prescription drugs lurking in your medicine cabinet, under your bathroom sink, or tucked away in some other nook or cranny of your home? If so, then you are not alone. It is common for people to have expired or unused medication at home. Perhaps the medication is one that is not used daily and has expired or perhaps it belonged to a loved one who has passed away. Regardless, having it sitting around the house is dangerous. It is equally dangerous to dispose of prescription drugs improperly. Whether it is time for spring cleaning or some other purge, many people tend to take this old medication and either flush it down the toilet or throw it in…

Change In Pill Color and Shape Could Have Killer Consequences

30 Jul: Change In Pill Color and Shape Could Have Killer Consequences

  Many people take medications daily. The elderly, in particular, tend to take multiple pills per day. These people depend on these pills, but they also depend on their routine and being able to depend on knowing which pill is which. So what happens when a pill is changed? What happens when the color or shape of a pill changes? How much of a difference does this really make? It might surprise you to know, that these changes can turn a drug that is supposed to improve their health into something that is deadly. The Generic Problem Many brand name medications have lost their patent protection over the years, leading to the development of generic equivalents to a drug. Now,…

Canadian Pharmacies - Setting the Record Strait About Safety

11 Jul: Canadian Pharmacies — Setting the Record Strait About Safety

Millions of Americans turn to international sources for foreign medication, Canadian pharmacies in particular ranking high on the list. They’re close to home, extremely competitive in pricing when it comes to foreign drugs, and have strict safety regulations. However, the federal government for the United States uses plenty of scare tactics in an attempt to make American citizens steer clear of foreign drugs, even going so far as making it illegal to buy drugs from international sources. Because they do not have the official stamp of approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the door is officially closed for consumers in America. However, anyone with savvy and a pinched budget is likely to opt for Canadian pharmacies. The price of…

FDA: Heartburn Medication and Bone Fractures Go Hand-in-Hand

18 Jun: FDA: Heartburn Medication and Bone Fractures Go Hand-in-Hand

Heartburn is a common problem that has plagued people for many decades. In the late 1980s, some popular heartburn medications started being prescribed, including Prevacid, Prilosec, and Nexium. These heartburn medications are known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and they are so popular that 1 in 20 people take them. They work by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach to about 10% of normal stomach acid levels. These days, heartburn medications are available over-the-counter, and now that they have been around for such a long time, doctors are beginning to see some of the long-term effects of taking these medications. Osteoporosis, Heartburn Medication and Bone Fractures The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now put out a warning that PPIs…

8 Healthy Foods You Don't Mix with Medication

04 Jun: 8 Healthy Foods You Don’t Mix with Medication

We all know there is a lot of unhealthy food out there that we need to stay away from, but for those of us on certain prescription medications, there are some food you may be surprised to find that you shouldn’t be eating, foods that under normal circumstances are considered perfectly healthy. Let’s take a look at the top 8 foods you need to avoid while taking certain medications. 1.) Grapefruit A wonderful morning drink and refreshing in the summer, grapefruit and grapefruit juice must be avoided by anyone taking cholesterol drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin) and Zocor (simvastatin). Other drugs that react with grapefruit juice include Plendil, Sular, and Procardia. There is a component of grapefruit juice that can increase the amount of…

Are You Prepared for the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs?

15 May: Are You Prepared for the Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs?

Did you know that the cost of dozens of prescription medications has doubled since 2007? The rising cost of prescription drugs is a frightening thought, isn’t it? With many cancer drugs exceeding a cost of more than $10,000 per month and one cystic fibrosis medication costing over $300,000 per year, you might be happy if you don’t need those medications. However, more commonly-prescribed medications for everyday ailments have also increased in price significantly over the last few years. Why Prices Are So High You might wonder why drug prices are going up so drastically. After all, these aren’t necessarily new drugs and they haven’t made improvements to them. They are the same old drugs you’ve been taking for years. Take a drug…

Brand Name vs Generic Drugs: Which Is Better?

15 Apr: Brand Name vs Generic Drugs: Which Is Better?

Is it worth paying more for the name brand?  That’s a question people are always asking themselves.  Should I buy the name brand toilet paper or is a no-name brand just fine?  There are times when spending more on the name brand means you will receive a higher quality product.  There are also times when it doesn’t matter one way or the other.  After all, a plain white cotton t-shirt is a plain white cotton t-shirt, right?  So where do prescription and over-the-counter medications fall into this brand name vs generic drugs debate?  Fortunately, you will get the same quality in a generic version of a medication as you get with the brand name. Rigorous Testing Prescription and over-the-counter drugs…

There Are Some Vitamins You CAN Mix with Your Medication

10 Apr: There Are Some Vitamins You CAN Mix with Your Medication

Have you ever been told that you can’t take vitamin supplements with your medications or that you really need to be careful when doing so?  You certainly do need to exercise caution because the combination of vitamins and prescription medication can cause a myriad of problems, but vitamin supplements CAN be beneficial with prescription medications IF you take the right combination.  Let’s take a look at a few examples of a potent and beneficial combination of medication and vitamins. Antidepressants, such as Zoloft and Lexapro, are well-paired with the B vitamins, particularly vitamins B6 and B12. People taking Metformin for type 2 diabetes will do well to take vitamin B12 and fish oil. When taking antibiotics, such as Amoxicillin or…

Israel Leads the Way in Medical Innovation with Rivastigmine (Exelon)

07 Apr: Israel Leads the Way in Medical Innovation with Rivastigmine (Exelon)

Israel has become known for its innovation and technology. The company currently has the highest numbers of startups per capita, according to research. As one the major players in the technical innovation, the company has been instrumental in taking medical research to another level. Of particular importance is its contribution to Alzheimer’s research. Recently, the country recognized Prof. Marta Weinstock-Rosin for her role in creating the first FDA-approved medication for treating Alzheimer’s in its earliest stages. Made in Israel, Rivastigmine (Excelon) and Progress An estimated 4 billion adults in the U.S. have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Rivastigmine (Exelon) is one of the most exciting developments in treating Alzheimer’s disease Israeli researchers have been awarded the prestigious Israel Prize for Medicine for…

Why Mail Order Pharmacies Are On The Rise

29 Jan: Why Mail Order Pharmacies Are On The Rise

With the abundance of online and mail-in pharmacies in the marketplace today, many people are considering whether it’s a good idea to switch out of their traditional pharmacy routine. Online pharmacies can present several benefits for users, and this article addresses some of the biggest questions and concerns that users have when making this transition. Are Mail Order Pharmacies a Good Idea? A mail order pharmacy is a perfectly good substitute for an in person pharmacy, and it has some benefits over other types of pharmacies. They can certainly save time, as trips to the pharmacy are not needed. Individuals can set up a routine, where payments are processed and medications sent at the same time each month. Because they…

How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

15 Oct: How to Protect Your Family from Drug Induced Injury

The wrong drug can lead to a serious drug induced injury for yourself or someone in your family. For this reason, it’s important to have open communication with your doctor and pharmacist. It’s also a good idea to investigate the drugs yourself, and if you find unsettling information, speak to a doctor or pharmacist about it immediately. FDA Approval As a rule of thumb, the best way to avoid a drug induced injury is not to use any drug until seven years after FDA approval. Consider that nearly 20 percent of FDA-approved drugs are removed from the market after approval and given a black-box warning, which indicates the potential for serious harm. Beware of Pharmacy Distributed PILs Patient information leaflets…

How to Dispose of Expired Medications Safely

25 Jul: How to Dispose of Expired Medications Safely

There have been increasing reports recently that have discovered trace levels of prescription and over-the-counter medications in the drinking water supply of cities all over the nation. The water most likely received these levels from both drugs that were excreted as well as from drugs being flushed down the toilet. Following these findings, the FDA has issued guidelines on how to properly dispose of expired or unused drugs. Unfortunately, many people are still unsure of how to dispose of expired medications safely. Below are the 3 main methods of how to get rid of drugs that are lying around the house safely and effectively. How to Dispose of Expired Medications: Remove the pills from their original bottle. Crush the pills…

The Shocking Truth Why Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

22 Jul: The Shocking Truth Why Prescription Drug Prices Are So High

It’s no secret that prescription drug prices are at an all-time high. Americans are spending just under $1,000 each year for prescription drugs. Listed below are the top five real reasons why these drugs cost Americans so much. You’re paying for all of the drugs in America. You’re paying for all of the drugs in the world. You’re paying for expensive marketing and advertising campaigns. You’re paying for somebody’s fat corporate bonus. You’re paying taxes on it too! 1.) You’re paying for all of the drugs in America. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to just pay for one prescription. The cost of prescription drugs falls on everybody’s shoulders. Drug development is a vast and wide-reaching business. Drug prices cover research and development…

How-to-Report-Adverse-Drug-Reactions

17 Jul: How to Report Adverse Drug Reactions

The advance of modern medicine has helped human kind on many levels. The age of the average person has been extended, once deadly diseases are now a minor incontinence and medicine heals wounds that was once life altering. However, this doesn’t mean that all medicine is perfect. Even the most tested medicine reacts differently to each individual person. Sometimes these meds have a reaction that isn’t expected and can harm an individual. When this happens, here is How to Report Adverse Drug Reactions. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the entity that approves all medicine that comes in and out of the USA. This is who will eventually be contacted about the adverse drug reaction. However, this isn’t the…

How to Properly Dispose of Medications

25 Mar: How to Properly Dispose of Medications

  The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) give guidelines on the proper disposal of medications. Before, consumers were advised to dispose of medications by flushing them down the toilet. This is no longer recommended. Here are tips on how to properly dispose of medications. Guidelines for proper disposal of prescription drugs Unless otherwise instructed in the package, put prescription drugs in sealed plastic bags and throw them in a trash. If possible, mix the pills with an unattractive substance such as coffee grounds. This will prevent pets and children from consuming the drugs in case they find them. Flush liquid medication down the toilet. However, do this only if it says…

Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Canada?

25 Mar: Is It Legal to Buy Prescription Drugs from Canada?

  Many Americans save money by getting their prescription drugs from Canada, whose government regulates prices. Initially, many people who bought their prescriptions from Canada took organized bus trips to the country for the purpose. Nowadays, more people order their medicine from safe and licensed Canadian pharmacies. There’s no question that Americans save a lot of money by ordering their medicines from Canadian pharmacies. In some cases, drugs from Canada cost as little as one-fifth the price found inside America. However, some wonder if this might be too good to be legal. So is it really legal to buy prescription drugs from Canada? The answer isn’t so simple, but the activity is tolerated. Below is more information on the subject….

14 Mar: Do You Need a Prescription for Online Canadian Pharmacies?

As the cost of prescription medication continues to rise in the United States, individuals and families on a tight budget are looking for other options. Many turn to Canadian pharmacies for their lower price tag and relaxed rules. However, before you can obtain your medication you must ask yourself, “Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies?” Do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies? Individuals wondering do you need a prescription for online Canadian pharmacies are under a common misconception that they can legally order any drug online from Canadian pharmacies without a valid doctor’s prescription. This, however, is not true and any legitimate pharmacy must have a valid prescription before filling the prescription. However, legitimate Canadian…

Is It Illegal to Buy Medicine from Canada?

27 Feb: Is It Illegal to Buy Medicine from Canada?

Trying to save on the costs of prescription medicines is a challenge that many people face. Buying medicines from Canada is a way to save money, but is it illegal to buy medicine from Canada? The savings can equal hundreds of dollars for Americans when buying from licensed, online pharmacies in Canada if you do a little research before making your purchase. What to Know The official answer to whether or not it is legal to buy Canadian medications through an online pharmacy and have them shipped into the United States is no, it isn’t legal. The reality is that most enforcement agencies are willing to allow American citizen to order several months worth of medications as long as the…

Are Canadian Online Pharmacies Safe?

26 Feb: Are Canadian Online Pharmacies Safe?

Many consumers are bypassing the expensive pharmaceutical prices in the U.S. to obtain what they need from suppliers in other countries like Canada. Where there is a need, there will always be a business willing to meet that demand. Given the expense of pharmaceuticals and the many uninsured consumers unable to afford them, it is no surprise that they are turning to online Canadian pharmacies to obtain the drugs they need. Safety Concerns When considering online Canadian pharmacies, the question becomes: are Canadian online pharmacies safe? For people considering buying from an online Canadian pharmacy, it is crucial that they do research to determine the legitimacy of the business. There are certain recommended ways to check out the risk before…

What is the Difference Between Effexor and Cymbalta?

20 Jul: Effexor vs Cymbalta: Which Is Really Better for You?

More people everyday are prescribed serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors aka SNRIs, which are a class of antidepressant used to treat depression. There are four main SNRIs: enlafaxine (Effexor XR), duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Savella), and desvenlafaxine (Pristiq). Today we are going to focus on two of the most commonly used of the four. Lets take a look at some of the similarities and differences between the two drugs, so that you can make a more informed decision when choosing between the two. Effexor is the first and most commonly used SNRI while Cymbalta was most recently released on the market. It was approved by the FDA in August of 2004. What Disorders Do SNRIs Treat? Both drugs work by preventing serotonin and noradrenaline…

30 Mar: FDA Shoots Down New Combo Heart Drug

Today in London the FDA decided to postpone approval of a new experimental heart drug, seeking more information about the new product. The drug called Certriad, combines AstraZeneca’s blockbuster cholesterol pill Crestor with Abbott Laboratories TriLipix. According to Rueters, The manufacturers said on Tuesday they had received a so-called “complete response letter” from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Certriad, which combines Astra’s blockbuster cholesterol pill Crestor and Abbott’s TriLipix. Both companies said they were evaluating the letter from the agency and would respond to the request for additional information. An AstraZeneca spokesman declined to give further details. Combo pills are fairly common for heart drugs, and most thought that FDA approval was a given. Merck merged Zocor and…

25 Jan: New multiple-sclerosis drug approved by the FDA

Today the Food and Drug Administration approved Ampyra, a new drug owned by Biogen Idec. to fight multiple sclerosis. The new drug is an extended-release tablet aimed at helping to increase mobility in those battling against multiple sclerosis. The FDA said those who took the drug had better movement and faster walking speeds than those who had taken a placebo. For people with MS, impaired walking ability is one of the most common and concerning aspects of the disease, said Alfred Sandrock, senior vice president of neurology research and development at Biogen Idec, in a statement. Ampyra may be an important therapy in reducing the impact of this debilitating condition. The drug is set to be marketed by Acorda Therapeutics…

02 Nov: Healthcare amendment would delay access to “generic” versions of drugs

Healthcare reform isn’t just about the public option and paying for doctor’s visits — it’s also about equal, affordable access to life-saving medications for all Americans. That’s why many Big Pharma watchdogs are so disappointed with a recent amendment slipped into healthcare legislation that proposes extending patent protection on biologic drugs, delaying for years the public’s access to affordable follow-on versions. What are biologics? They’re the next big wave in medicine — drugs made not from simple chemical formulations, but from biological components. They’re very expensive, and poised for enormous success: By 2014, the biggest-selling meds will be biologics, according to an analysis from Evaluate Pharma. Taking the place of Pfizer’s gargantuan drug Lipitor will be Roche’s Avastin, a cancer…

19 Oct: Hypertention Drug Valturna combines Diovan & Tekturna in a single pill

A new blood-pressure treatment has come on the market that is of potential interest to hypertension patients whose blood pressure is not being adequately controlled with monotherapy. Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Novartis’ Valturna (aliskiren and valsartan), which combines in a single pill valsartan, the active ingredient in Diovan, the top-selling branded high blood pressure medicine and aliskiren, the active ingredient in Tekturna — the only approved direct renin inhibitor (DRI). Valturna is the first and only medicine to target two key points within the renin system, an important regulator of blood pressure. It is suitable for patients whose high blood pressure has not been adequately controlled on aliskiren alone, or by an angiotensin receptor blocker, such as…

The risks and benefits of Latisse for sparse eyelashes

01 Oct: The risks and benefits of Latisse for sparse eyelashes

Some people have very sparse eyelashes, and this can cause functional problems with the eye as well as anxiety about one’s appearance. Fortunately for people suffering from ” eyelash hypotrichosis,” a brand-new treatment was approved by the FDA in December 2008. The product is called Latisse, it has sultry-eyed Brooke Shields as a spokesmodel, and it is a 0.03% solution of bimatoprost marketed with an applicator brush. Latisse is meant to be dabbed along the base of the upper lash line (the lower is too sensitive), causing hair there to grow in much more thickly and darkly than before. Its effects are not permanent, and if it is discontinued, the lashes will return to their original condition within weeks or…

08 Sep: Insomnia info: Rozerem is a sleeplessness treatment

Long-term sufferers of insomnia who have not found lasting relief from such sleep aids as Ambien or Sonta should consider researching Rozerem, the only medication of its type approved in the treatment of sleeplessness. Rozerem (ramelteon) is the first of a new class of insomnia drugs: melatonin receptor agonists. These are similar to the naturally-produced sleep hormone melatonin, which your body needs for healthy sleep cycles. Rozerem, manufactured by Takeda Industries North America, was approved by the FDA in July 2005 for the treatment of delayed-onset insomnia. It emerged against a backdrop of other classes of drugs to treat the condition and it has some important differences. Insomnia was historically treated with barbiturates, which were extremely strong and frighteningly addictive….

23 Aug: Honestly, David Vitter, we like your thinking

We’re written before about U.S. Senator David Vitter’s quixotic fight to legalize the purchase of Canadian drugs by Americans — long after the battle over reimportation has been lost in a thick haze of Big Pharma backroom bargaining with the White House. Last week, Vitter — a Republican — took some heat from liberals by explaining at a town hall meeting that he hoped to de-stabilize pricing in Canada and other countries with “socialized medicine” by legalizing reimportation. The Daily Kos ripped Vitter, saying: His reason for supporting re-importation is solely predicated on the notion that if enough Americans partake, it might wreck Canada’s system … Despite the lack of plausibility in his “logic”, Vitter now claims the clubhouse lead…

03 Aug: Pigs, MRSA and Zyvox: Big Pharma’s got you coming and going

It hadn’t really occurred to me, until I read a great rant by Jen Huntley in the Reno News & Review the other day, just how completely the web of Big Pharma envelops our lives. In other words, Big Pharma doesn’t just provide us drugs when we get sick. Big Pharma also helps us get sick in the first place. It’s the perfect racket: they’ve got us coming and going. As Jen writes: While those of us with adequate or good health insurance looked the other way, health care became a giant profit-making machine for insurance companies and hospitals, but the pharmaceutical industry really takes the cake. Not only have they bought the government with profits built on taxpayer subsidies,…

30 Jul: An apple a day keeps healthcare reform away

We would still like healthcare reform legislation to succeed this year — but we are not nearly as enthusiastic about it as we were just a few short months ago. For starters, the Obama Administration isn’t calling it “healthcare reform” anymore. Now it’s “health insurance reform.” Reformers have lowered their sights. They aren’t trying to fix Big Pharma’s stranglehold on the American consumer anymore. All they are trying to do now is to offer a public alternative to Big Insurance. And even this small measure of reform may not become law. If it doesn’t, and so-called “universal health care” passes, it will simply be another handout to corporations, paid for by taxpayers, just as Medicare Part D was. The government…