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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.
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.
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
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
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.
November 23, 2004
Re "Early Vioxx Alarms Alleged," Nov. 19: Well, well. A government official warns that our drug oversight system leaves Americans virtually defenseless against dangerous pharmaceuticals. Seems as if the medical community is fast losing its credibility when it warns patients to beware of herbal supplements that lack Food and Drug Administration approval. Instead, that lack of approval is beginning to sound more like an endorsement for natural alternatives. Jill Chapin Santa Monica The recent Vioxx debacle just confirms what anyone with serious health issues has known for a long time: The FDA is a sick joke.
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