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March 9, 2008
As a regular reader of David Lazarus' column, this one struck home. ("Cost is the real drug threat," Consumer Confidential, March 5.) My wife and I take several medications daily. While we mostly purchase here, we also have purchased a couple of the more expensive drugs from Canada, and the savings are worth forgoing the insurance. I can appreciate the incredible pressure that this can put on people and appreciate your making it a point of discussion. Rowland Perkins Beverly Hills -- Lazarus says the FDA "should be authorized to certify leading Canadian pharmacies as reliable suppliers of medications."
October 8, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
In a concession to pediatricians, drug companies warned parents not to give over-the-counter cold remedies to children under 4. Doctors doubt the drugs do children much good and worry about risks. The companies that make medications like Dimetapp and PediaCare also warned parents not to give antihistamines to kids to help them sleep. The new instructions are on packages that began hitting stores this week. Problems with over-the-counter cough and cold medicine send about 7,000 children to emergency rooms each year, with symptoms including hives, drowsiness and unsteady walking.
March 28, 1996 | Associated Press
A woman who was reunited with her mother 40 years after being given up for adoption has been convicted of breaking the woman's neck. Constance Agnes Miller, 61, was found guilty Tuesday of voluntary manslaughter in the slaying of her 83-year-old mother, Antoinette Smith, after they argued about Miller's medications and that her mother called her Agnes, the name she was given at birth.
February 24, 2008
As persons living with HIV/AIDS and growing older -- we are two of the subjects of the Feb. 5 Times article about growing older with HIV/AIDS -- we wish to make an important point concerning an article by Daniel Costello ("HIV treatment becoming profitable," Feb. 21). Pharmaceutical companies have made great inroads in treating HIV/AIDS itself, most significantly with once-a-day dosing. However, there are innumerable side effects of the medications. Aging only exacerbates those. It is vital that those who may become infected understand that one pill a day will not remain the norm for very long.
December 8, 1997
I read your article on the flu [Dec. 1] with interest and, from a public health education point of view, thought you and the writers did a good job. I am a little bothered however by the bullet ("Vitals"): "A survey of 1,008 adults found that 25% believe nothing treats the flu (there are two antiviral medications that can be given at the first sign of symptoms). . . ." Actually, these medications are of dubious efficacy and quite expensive. They definitely fall outside the local standard of care for treating the flu in otherwise healthy patients and are typically reserved for patients with severe underlying disease.
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.
October 9, 2012 | David Lazarus
George Engelke manages his CVS prescriptions online. If he needs more of a medicine, he orders it. If he's going to be away from his Corona del Mar home, he tells the pharmacy where to send the shipment. He's never asked CVS to automatically refill his prescriptions. Engelke, 76, recently returned from a vacation in Montana, where he had CVS send a single order of his glaucoma medication and syringes for insulin injections. He got a call from the drugstore the other day informing him that they'd taken the liberty of sending another batch of supplies to the Montana address.
April 15, 2013 | By Lisa Girion and Scott Glover, Los Angeles Times
A broad package of bills aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths won approval from a key state Senate committee Monday. The bills, including a measure that would require coroners to report prescription-involved deaths to the Medical Board of California, followed a series of Times articles linking doctors to patient overdose deaths. In urging approval for his coroner-reporting bill, Sen. Curren Price (D-Los Angeles) cited the case of a doctor identified by The Times as having prescribed drugs to 16 patients who died of overdoses or related causes.
August 23, 2011 | By Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots Blog
A welter of medications sold over the counter and by prescription can spell fast relief from the churning discomfort of acid reflux and heartburn, and the class of drugs known as proton-pump inhibitors has grown powerfully popular with Americans. But the watchdog group Public Citizen on Tuesday asked the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to warn Americans that these drugs can be habit-forming and carry a wide range of other dangers. Public Citizen complained that medications known by such commercial names as Nexium, Prilosec, Zegerid and Prevacid are widely overprescribed and used routinely by people who don't need them.
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
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