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August 3, 2001
Re "States Move to Cut Cost of Drugs," July 30: There is one group of people who should not be the beneficiaries of mandatory drug discounts: smokers. Someone who smokes just one pack a day would have at least $90 a month for medicines if they would quit. If a smoker quits, lo and behold, he or she often ceases to require as many medications. Why should more of my taxes go to subsidize a lifestyle that leads to more medication use and provides no benefits except for nicotine highs? Joey Liu Newbury Park
December 16, 2000
Regarding Grahame Jones' Dec. 10 soccer column, where L.A. Coliseum general manager Pat Lynch states "that the Coliseum's large crowds--for instance, 61,072 for the USA-Mexico match on Oct. 25--are proof that people feel perfectly safe." Please send me a list of Mr. Lynch's medications because I would love to get my hands on whatever drugs he's on. Safe?! At the Oct. 25 U.S.-Mexico match?! Not only is he not on the same planet as the rest of us, he's not even in the same dimension.
June 24, 2001
As a person living with AIDS, I applaud Bill Gates for his $100-million donation to fight AIDS on a global scale (June 20). Also, President Bush deserves credit for committing $200 million to this end. However, I strongly believe we should take care of our own before we save the world. There are people with AIDS in this country who cannot afford medications, basic medical care or housing. Beside s, what happened to drug benefits for Medicare recipients? Dean Riner Laguna Beach
April 29, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
Ever since the drug warfarin was discovered to be a highly effective anti-clotting agent as well as a good rat poison in the early 1950s, it has been the frontline weapon in preventing stroke among those with atrial fibrillation. But its growing use has always raised the specter of dangerously hard-to-stanch bleeding if someone taking it is wounded or bleeds internally from a fall or a car accident. Roughly six decades after its introduction, Kcentra has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
November 15, 2012
If one doctor's prescriptions might be connected to the unnecessary deaths of multiple patients over several years, the state should be asking questions. Times reporters Scott Glover and Lisa Girion analyzed 3,733 prescription drug-related deaths in four Southern California counties, revealing that just 71 doctors - one-tenth of 1% in those counties - had written prescriptions in 17% of such fatalities over six years. One doctor profiled in the stories published Sunday had prescribed medications for 16 patients who subsequently overdosed, according to coroner's reports.
July 13, 2013 | By Paige St. John, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Hunger strikes continued Saturday at 23 California prisons and one out-of-state facility, with more than 6,300 inmates refusing meals for days. The corrections department Saturday would not say how many have refused to eat meals since Monday. [Updated 4:20 p.m. July 14: The number of inmates who have refused nine or more meals Sunday fell to 4,487, said Callifornia corrections officials. In addition, 731 inmates continued to refuse to go to work or classes, said spokesman Jeffrey Callison.
July 24, 2005
Regarding "Jury Trial Begins in Texas Vioxx Case" (July 15): What a colossal waste of time and money. There are no magic pills. These folks were not in good health to begin with. Vioxx gave them an opportunity to improve their quality of life at the risk of a shorter life than what they may have had without it. To now sue the manufacturer is absurd. All medications have known and unknown side effects. Consumers want quick and easy fixes for what ails them, and when the drug manufacturers produce them, they get hit with lawsuits by consumers who expect the medical profession to play God. Next time you pay an arm and a leg for your prescription, remember the lawsuits.
January 2, 2013
Re "Dying for relief," Dec. 30 In reading your series on abuses of prescription drugs, I wonder whether you have thought of the negative consequences of repeatedly trumpeting this "crisis" on the front page. There is no question that some people are going to over-medicate themselves with both legal and non-legal substances, and I applaud those physicians who take it upon themselves to look twice at patients. But whether all this adds up to a public health emergency that could be eliminated by Big Brother is doubtful.
October 26, 2009 | Marni Jameson
Simply put, diabetes is a contest between people and their blood. For people whose bodies don't produce enough insulin to manage their blood sugar, the goal is a normal blood score, achieved through a balancing act of lifestyle and medication. "Eventually most patients will follow a course of lifestyle, medications, then insulin," said Dr. Enrico Cagliero, referring to people diagnosed with the most common form of diabetes, known as Type 2. He's an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
January 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar says treatments he got from a Florida doctor have helped reverse the effects of brain trauma he suffered during his 13-year NFL career. “When I heard some of the things he was capable of doing I was bluntly a little skeptical,” Kosar said of the doctor, Rick Sponaugle. “But after just a few weeks of treatment to not have the ringing in the ears, not have the headaches and to be able to sleep through the night without medications and all the stuff.
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