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February 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A missing decimal point on a prescription for a 6-day-old infant recovering from heart surgery led to a deadly overdose, a lawyer for his parents said. "A gargantuan dose of potassium chloride extinguished my clients' first-born child," said David Raimondo, an attorney for Ana Celina and Giovanni Vargas. Raimondo announced plans to sue Stony Brook University Hospital over the death Tuesday of Gianni Vargas. The Vargases said officials told them a prescription dosage read 35, rather than 3.5.
April 5, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Prescription painkillers are growing in popularity in new parts of the country, according to a new Associated Press analysis that has experts sounding alarms of a new addiction epidemic. “Pharmacies, hospitals and physicians dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone in 2010,” according to the study. “That's enough to give 40 5-mg Percocets and 24 5-mg Vicodins to every man, woman and child in the United States.” In some parts of the country, the report found that sales increased sixteenfold between 2000 and 2010.
May 12, 1992
Beginning June 21, county employees will all have a new health plan. The prescription coverage will be administered by PAID Prescriptions, a subsidiary of Medco Containment, one of the largest mail-order prescription vendors in the United States. This plan is designed to heavily favor the mail-order component through financial incentives, resulting in significant losses to local pharmacies. If this were some private company going with a prescription plan such as this, that would be bad enough.
December 27, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
One of my doctors gave me a prescription and left a blank slip attached below it. One of my other doctors had stopped giving me a certain prescription, so I wrote it up myself and signed his name. The pharmacy filled the prescription (it was not for a narcotic). I realize now that I might have broken the law. A friend of mine said that the pharmacy files prescriptions away and keeps them for a limited time. Is that true? Does the pharmacy send a notice to the doctor when it fills a prescription?
December 7, 2011 | By Melanie Mason
The emergency contraceptive Plan B will not be made available over-the-counter to younger teens, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday, exposing a rift between the agency and the Department of Health and Human Services. Teva, the manufacturer of the oral contraceptive that can be taken up to 72 hours after sex to restrict ovulation or to potentially block the implantation of a fertilized egg, requested approval from the FDA in February to make the drug available without a prescription to individuals age 16 and younger.
January 3, 2001
Re "Drug Prices: Reform Still Waiting," editorial, Dec. 28: On Feb. 1, 2000, an important new California law went into effect that allowed Medicare beneficiaries to walk into a local pharmacy and purchase their prescription medications at the lower rates negotiated by the state for the Medi-Cal program. This bill was authored by state Sen. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) and signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis. To receive the reduced rate, people covered by Medicare simply show their card and prescription to a pharmacy that accepts Medi-Cal patients.
May 25, 2003
I've become more than somewhat agitated and don't believe that Congress cannot provide Medicare prescription coverage at the same time that these outrageous profits keep increasing ("ICN Posts Net Income of $13.7 Million in Quarter," May 6, and "Watson Profit Rises on Strong Drug Sales," May 7). I know corporations are untouchable under the Bush administration, but where is Congress? Protecting their political contributions, as usual, I suppose. And where is the outcry from constituents?
March 25, 2009
Re "The comfort prescription," Opinion, March 19 Ira Rosofsky suggests that we stop giving elderly patients costly and ineffective prescription drugs for dementia and other conditions. He suggests investing instead in hand-holding and personal support for patients and their families, which might also result in savings and research for meaningful improvements and even cures. In his dreams! There is no powerful lobby representing hand-holders in Washington. Hand-holders don't get multimillion-dollar bonuses as officials of major corporations they're running into the ground.
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