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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
HEALTH
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?
OPINION
May 13, 2007
The Senate's passage of a drug-safety bill (May 10) expanding the authority of the Food and Drug Administration will benefit the public. Before passage, an unsuccessful effort for a provision allowing consumers to buy drugs from foreign sources produced contentious debate. Why? Such a provision would undermine the original intent of the bill: drug safety. When will politicians in Washington understand that foreign sources are not regulated by the FDA? Inspections of drug purchases made abroad have revealed dangerous bogus copies that place our prescription-drug supply chain in jeopardy.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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?
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