July 19, 2016

Pharmaceutical Companies Manipulate Prices to Maximize Profits

graph-and-dollar-sign-as-shadow_M1DL4crO-compressorIt is a common practice in a business to think about maximizing profits. But when pharmaceutical companies like Valeant Pharmaceuticals are seen hiking their drug prices up to 6000% it raises a red flag on many ethical levels.  This activity is not new in the pharmaceutical industry.

Valeant is not the only company which increases their prices significantly; it is common for many large pharmaceutical companies to increase prices, as there are no legal ramifications to their actions. Recently, Valeant was placed in the spotlight because they were increasing the prices for many critical medications such as Nitropress, Isurpel, Syprine, and Cupermine. Furthermore, these medications were not innovative or new; this causes consumer outrage because the ridiculous price increases cannot be justified.

Therefore, the occurrence of cases like Valeant is indicative of manipulative strategies to earn the most out of vulnerable consumers. Find out more on the dialogue between Valeant and the Senate’s Special Committee on Aging and how they explained the price hikes on drug prices.

July 12, 2016

The Hidden Downside to Electronic Prescriptions

The use of e-prescriptions is a growing trend for physicians. From the introduction of e-prescriptions in 2006, the prevalence of this process has increased to over 70% of all physicians [1].  E-prescribing allows prescribers to electronically send patients’ prescription information to pharmacy computers.  This process has reduced the amount of paperwork and any errors associated with reliance on handwritten prescriptions, which increases the safety and quality of the prescription process.

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E-prescribing has made its way into all 50 states and has even become mandatory in states such as Minnesota and New York.

“When it works, it’s seamless,” says New York County Medical Society President Dr. Michael T. Goldstein, an ophthalmologist who issues many prescriptions electronically himself. “But there are circumstances where it doesn’t work, and patients suffer.”

“It’s also harder for patients to shop around for medication deals when a script is in a pharmacy’s system instead of in hand”, says Dr. Joseph R. Maldonado, president of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

There is a barrier to online pharmacies, which require a written prescription to fill prescription medication orders.  Learn how to get a paper prescription when e-Prescribing is mandatory. https://www.pharmacycheckerblog.com/how-to-get-a-paper-prescription-when-e-prescribing-is-required

 

References:

http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/east/2016/03/21/402515.htm

https://www.healthit.gov/sites/default/files/oncdatabriefe-prescribingincreases2014.pdf

July 5, 2016

How to Save 94% on Blood Cholesterol Medicine

Rosuvastatin is an oral drug which is commonly used to lower blood cholesterol levels. It also treats many conditions such as hyperlipidemia, mixed dyslipidemia, and hypertriglyceridemia. This drug is now available as a generic in many pharmacies but the brand name, Crestor, is much cheaper if purchased online.

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According to Pharmacychecker.com, “ninety pills of generic rosuvastatin cost a whopping $795 at a Walgreens in Brooklyn, NY, but 90 pills of brand name Crestor is 94% less at a low-cost international online pharmacy.”

Many consumers tend to speculate the quality of the drugs when purchasing from an online pharmacy, but with the help of online resources like Pharmacychecker.com it is easy to verify that these drugs are being purchased from a reliable source.

Search for affordable blood cholesterol medication

June 28, 2016

How Can You Take Advantage of Lower Drug Prices Abroad?

Filed under: discount canadian prescriptions — drwatson @ 8:48 pm

Each year many consumers purchase medication from online sources outside of the United States because the drug prices of some online pharmacies are much cheaper than local pharmacies. Cost savings are a great motivator, but it is important that the pharmacy is a reliable source. Some online pharmacies offer far-fetched discounts that are possible only from irresponsible or unreliable manufacturing, so it is important to know where your drugs are coming from.

Cheap online medication

Pharmacychecker.com is an excellent source in which consumers are able to verify and compare prices across trustworthy online pharmacies. This slideshow on Pharmacychecker.com explains the process they use to verify pharmacies to ensure that they are providing safe medication.

June 21, 2016

What Parents Need To Know About Prescription Drug Abuse

 

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Of the numerous threats to teenagers, abuse of prescription drugs tops the list of parental concern.  Teenagers often lack the knowledge of the danger behind their actions when taking a concoction of drugs that may result in adverse effects, which is why education at home is the vital first step in preventing unfortunate cases of teenager drug abuse.  At times, teens are aware of the dangers of drugs they are ingesting, but many times, they are uneducated about the risks they are taking.  Parents are the increasingly important factor in preventing teenager drug abuse.

Gone are the days where putting a lock on a medicine cabinet and using proper disposal methods could stem the flow of prescription drugs into teenagers’ hands.  An increasing popularity in the legitimate use of online pharmacies to fill prescriptions have led to an abuse of this system.  While there are online pharmacies that perform their due diligence in ensuring the safety of their products and customers, there have been cases of online pharmacies that provide drugs with hazardous substances and inaccurate does to people with no prescription, enabling the potential for teenage drug abuse.  This is the reason why a direct conversation with your child is extremely important, as it is much harder to recognize that drugs are being ordered online.

Prescription drug abuse using painkillers causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing in teenagers.  What are some ways to prepare and navigate these issues?

Learning the Dangers

Before talking to your child, ensure that you know all the risks and dangers associated with prescription drugs and drug abuse. Prescription medication are very potent and can interact with other medication or conditions.  The effects can result in harm or even death if taken improperly, which is why it is essential for any pharmacy, online or local, to know your medical history.

Clear Communication

Establishing a clear form of communicating with your child and demonstrating a genuine interest in their life is the best way to pass knowledge about drug abuse. Conversations about the danger and proper usage of prescription drugs will be easier with a clear way to communicate to your child. Not all teenagers who abuse prescription drugs use it to get a psychoactive state, or to get high. It is becoming increasingly common to see drug abuse in cases where teenagers seek to get better grades or increase energy levels. Being in tune with your child’s life is key to noticing behavioral changes that may indicate drug abuse.

Setting limits

The ability to deal with defiant or disrespectful behavior is key to managing any problems that can be associated with drug abuse. Setting clear, enforceable consequences to all behaviors that can endanger your child is essential for learning. Make sure to monitor that the limits are not being exceeded. In the case of prescription drugs, limits need to be strictly enforced.

Talk to a professional

Get your physician or an addiction professional if you think your child is abusing prescription drugs. Some warning signs to look out for are changes in appetite or sleep patterns, impaired coordination or injuries that they don’t realize they have, dropping attendance in school/work/hobbies, and sudden changes in hobbies/friends.

September 15, 2015

DIY: Detox Bath for Glowing Skin

Woman taking a warm bathA warm bath after work or just before bed is one of the most luxurious activities you can do for your well-being and health. Take your nighttime bath a bit further by relaxing in a warm detox bath that cleanses your body and gives you a definite glow of health.

Two Beneficial Detox Herbs

Using ginger elixir as a part of your detox bath or in a digestive drink will help clear up digestive problems and ease a tired and upset body. Ayurveda medicine has time-tested the properties of ginger and has determined that it is the antidote of choice for battling colds and the flu.

Turmeric belongs to the same family as ginger and has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Use this herb in a detox and soothing bath to help alleviate the pain and inflammation of arthritis. There have been studies proving that turmeric is often more effective than any anti-inflammatory drugs.

Recipe for Skin Toxins or Issues

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If you are feeling ill, ginger elixir is the perfect detox bath.

Ingredients:

2 cups of hydrogen peroxide

1 tablespoon dried ginger powder or ginger elixir

Instructions:

Use warm to hot water in your tub and add ginger powder plus the hydrogen peroxide. Step in your tub and soak for at least 30 minutes. If you have a cold or need to clear congestion, the ginger has properties that clear up your sinuses and ease body aches. You can also use this detox bath for allergies or skin irritations.

Turmeric Essential Oil

It is hard to live a happy and relaxed life if you are itchy and have tired or dry skin and are catching a cold.  Home-made and natural recipes are easy and an inexpensive way to revive your tired skin and give you a health boost. Try this recipe for an awesome way to detox your body.

Ingredients:

¼ cup Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt

¼ cup Epsom Salt

¼ cup baking soda

1/3 cup apple cider vinegar

Up to 10 drops of turmeric essential oil

Directions

Swirl salt, Epsom salt and baking soda in a jar of boiling water. Set aside. Fill your tub with warm water and add the apple cider vinegar. Pour salt mixture in the bath and add turmeric essential oils.

Soak for at least 30 minutes or as long as desired. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its health promoting properties. You can use turmeric in essential oil for to soak out the aches and pains associated with a cold. Turmeric oils have 400-500 different kinds of healing molecules. It is one of those natural oils that pump up sites in your neuroendocrine system.

As with any detox bath you may feel light-headed when you get out. Just relax or go to bed after your bath. You will feel great in the morning.

September 2, 2015

Incredible Ways Your Pet Dog Can Discover Breast Cancer

Woman With Pet Dog

Breast cancer detection is often done inside hospital laboratories, but do you know that it might start as early as inside your home? You read that right. Studies are telling us that dogs – our ever-loyal pets – can actually be used to detect breast cancer.

Dogs detect breast cancer

Clinical trials are being done by scientists in the United Kingdom have dogs detect breast cancer, and this is done by having women go through a specially designed testing method. In this testing method, women breathe into a tube, which will then be sniffed by a highly trained dog. From these breath samples, dogs detect breast cancer. While the accuracy of the detection still remains to be studied, when proven, this method is seen to revolutionize the way we diagnose not just breast cancer but perhaps cancer of all sorts. 

Why are dogs able to do this?

It is believed that because of their very strong sense of smell (around one part per trillion), they are able to sniff volatile substances that are emitted by cancerous cells.

This study actually started as an offshoot from something similar that dogs were already doing in the field of medicine. Dogs at the Medical Detection Dogs facility in Buckinghamshire were already detecting another form of cancer – prostate cancer in men. They were able to do this by sniffing urine samples, and have been proven to be quite accurate.

As of the moment, the dogs have a 93% detection accuracy, which is actually even better than current blood tests. To signal that they have found or detected cancer in a certain sample, the dog will simply stare at it intently.

One of the dogs in the facility, Daisy, began alerting the institution’s founder – Dr. Claire Guest by constantly jumping on her chest. This prompted her to have herself checked, and eventually found out that she also had an early tumor found in her chest. From this development, six more dogs will be trained to sniff breast cancer from breath samples, and thus allow the breast cancer detection trial to commence.

The dogs in the charity are working breed of dogs such as spaniels and Labradors, who work for treats and biscuits and have generally happy dispositions. All the dogs live in real homes with families taking care of them. They come to the lab during the day to work, and go back home to their owners at the end of the day.

 

 

August 15, 2015

5 Natural Ways To Relieve Constipation Quickly

Filed under: diet,fibre,stress — Tags: , , , — drwatson @ 9:00 am

digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea.

Bloating, gas, painful cramps, and that indescribable heaviness-the symptoms of constipation make this very common condition uncommonly difficult to endure. Still, short of reaching for a laxative, there’s nothing you can do but wait, right? Wrong! These tried and true natural methods for overcoming constipation will clear up the backlog and leave you feeling light and relieved in no time.

1.   Just Add Water

Often, constipation and hard, dry, painful-to-pass stools are the result of a severe shortage of water in your body. To increase regularity and reduce pain, make sure you’re drinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day. Additionally, make sure that you eliminate dehydrating drinks like coffee and black tea that act as diuretics, siphoning off your body’s water supply.

2.   Fibre is Your Friend

Boosting your intake of fibre rich foods can improve the frequency and consistency of your movements. Fibre makes its way to your colon and mops up excess water, bulking up the stool and helping the evacuation process. Fruits, particularly prunes, pears and kiwis, are a fantastic, bowel movement-boosting source of insoluble fibre. Other great sources of dietary fibre include vegetables, whole grains, legumes and beans but remember to increase your water intake as you add more fibre into your diet to keep things running smoothly.

3.  Cut Out the Common Culprits

While certain foods seem to trigger constipation in some and not others, there are foods that generally lead to misbehaving bowels. In large amounts, chocolate, certain dairy products like milk and cheese, as well as starchy, unripe bananas are some of the most frequently complained of bowel-blockers. Removing these items from your meals could help to improve regularity.

4.  Steer Clear of Stress

Sufferers often report that constipation follows an increase in tension and stress. Chronic stress is linked with decreased blood flow to the gut, as well as decreased gastrointestinal motility so finding ways to alleviate anxiety could be the key to unlocking painless, frequent bowel movements. Practice deep breathing exercises, remove yourself from tension –inducing situations or simply take a calming five minute break. Replenish the beneficial gut flora that stress often wipes out with pro-biotic rich, live yoghurt, to make a lasting difference.

5.  Stretch and Stride

Nothing relieves backed up bowels like physical exercise. Whether you go for organ massaging deep-stretching exercise or prefer a long, brisk walk, getting moving will definitely get things moving. Exercise can improve intestinal motility and jumping jacks, leg lifts or even just the simple act of standing up can lend reluctant bowels the gravity they need to kick start a movement.

You don’t have to spend another day waiting for constipation to pass. Use these medication-free methods to get proactive about regulating bowel movements and find the quick, natural relief you need.

 

August 1, 2015

Lack of Exercise May Not Have Anything to Do with Obesity

Filed under: disease,epidemic,overweight — Tags: , , , — drwatson @ 8:00 am

Weight Loss GoalsAn article published in The BMJ (British Journal of Sports Medicine) takes a look at why obesity continues to be a problem.  The article featured a review conducted by sports medical researchers and clinicians who feel sugar and carbs may be leading factors contributing to obesity instead of lack of exercise or regular physical activity.The review says exercise can still be helpful in reducing a number of health risks, but some say there are elements of this concept that need further review.

Consuming high levels of sugar and carbohydrates could be the leading cause behind excessive weight gain or the obesity epidemic.  This means part of the problem leans towards poor dieting habits. Researchers still support regular exercise but say even athletes or people who are physically active could be at risk of gaining weight.  Regular exercise can reduce the risk of developing heart disease, certain cancers, and type 2 diabetes.  So, why are people more likely to gain weight through sugar consumption versus lack of exercise?

Researchers believe poor dieting puts people at a greater risk of developing a disease more than smoking, alcohol and lack of exercise combined.  This element may also give clarity as to why more children are experiencing obesity.  Researchers believe individuals are at risk for obesity due to metabolic abnormalities they believe roughly 40 percent of people may harbor.   Such abnormalities are key players in cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

The food and beverage industry is receiving criticism in light of these findings. While many people say this is something consumers have known for years, there is an element that has a need for clarification.  For years food beverage companies spend millions of dollars promoting the aspect of “fewer calories.”  Some companies try to link their product to sports activity.  Such companies are believed to mislead consumers into thinking their products (energy drinks, soda pop, etc.) are okay to consume as long as you are physically active.   Yet, many beverages alone have high amounts of sugar and calories the body is known to store and increase a person’s hunger. Calories from fat encourage satiation.

Researchers feel the food industry is trying to make the aspect of lack of exercise as the core issue behind obesity.  They feel their tactics are similar to what big tobacco companies do to encourage people to keep smoking.  The food industry engaged in similar tactics when a previous study looked into how the industry may play a role in tooth decay.

July 15, 2015

What’s With Sleep That Our Body Loves?

Filed under: Depression,sleep,sleep hygiene — Tags: , , — drwatson @ 8:00 am

beautiful woman sleeping on the bed

There is no arguing the important role sleep plays in the proper functioning of our body. It’s gotten to be so important your body just won’t do much without it.  Health experts say, the average person should be getting about seven to eight (7-8) hours of sleep each night, which means you would be, or are spending about thirty percent (30%) of your life sleeping. That sounds like it’s a complete waste of time, right? Or, is it?

People in the know, especially those health buffs or those gurus in the medical field say getting those good hours of sleep can never be a waste and shouldn’t be viewed as unproductive time. The body loves sleep for a good reason. In truth, the body loves sleep for a lot of good reasons, several of which are:

1)    Sleep provides your body with fuel. Pretty much like your Ford Mustang, your whole being needs fuel to stay energetic and get going. If you drove for days without re-fueling, you’d get stuck someplace unable to move. And so will your body. If you went around chasing girls for days on end without any sleep, you’ll end up tired and eventually pass out. And those pretty girls would have gotten away.

2)    Sleep helps the brain to communicate better with the body. Waking up in the morning, stretching and checking out your phone messages is actually a function of communication that happens between your brain and your body. Your whole day is really a process of continuing communication between your brain and your brawn. So why shouldn’t the body say thank you for a perky brain that helps it function better?

3)    Sleep enhances the beauty and tone of your skin. You may not be as vain as most women, but knowing that little or poor sleep quality can negatively affect the aging of your skin should be enough reason to rethink your sleeping hours. Yes. Studies have shown that not having enough sleep results in intrinsic ageing, diminished function of the skin barrier and some dissatisfaction with how your skin looks. So, you’ve heard of beauty sleep? You’ve got to have that too.

4)    Sleep helps prevent and reduce diseases. The body just loves staying fit and healthy. Over time, when it doesn’t get enough sleep, it acts up and shows some signs of long term health consequences which may include chronic medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure and even heart disease. Sure, mild health issues like the common cold or Flu come and go but you’ve got a responsibility to nurture your body and make sure it’s able to fight off the big, serious ones.

5)    Sleep lends a hand in keeping your weight healthy. One of the key benefits of sleep is to help keep your metabolism working in top shape, thus, aiding to keep your poundage at a healthy, manageable level.

Sleep has mostly been underestimated, but it’s an incredibly helpful necessity for a healthy life. So, while it’s great to be pursuing a very active social life, the breaks you take to grab some decent hours of sleep will do wonders for your body.

 

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