Ways to decrease burden of exorbitant prices of lifesaving prescription drugs

Ways to decrease burden of exorbitant prices of lifesaving prescription drugs

As the number of opioid overdoses and deaths continues to escalate to levels never witnessed before, the price of opioid antagonists needed for reviving an overdose victim has also increased at the same time. Despite naloxone, marketed under the brand name Narcan, being available since 1971, its price has soared from less than a dollar per milliliter in 2005 to more than $15 in 2014.

Moreover, the new delivery systems range from $125 for two doses to as much as $3,750. Such inflated prices of a lifesaving prescription drug has thrown a number of challenges before medical practitioners, especially responders. Read more

Majority of prescribed postoperative opioids remain unused, says study

Majority of prescribed postoperative opioids remain unused, says study

Prescription opioids dispensed to patients for combating pain after shoulder surgeries largely remained unused and were stored carelessly, a recent study published in The JAMA Network has found. The March 2017 report says that such a practice paves the way for opioid abuse and can lead to serious addiction, mortality and morbidity.

The team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Maryland, Baltimore carried out an exhaustive review of databases like MEDLINE, EMBASE and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials from the beginning until October 18, 2016, for picking up studies in which opioids were oversupplied for adults subsequent to a surgical procedure for pain alleviation. Read more

Sleep medications: Long-term use of Ambien leads to addiction

Sleep medications: Long-term use of Ambien leads to addiction

An inability to fall asleep can happen to anyone and would have plagued everyone at some point in their life. The reasons could be many ranging from the pleasant, such as excitement to the unpleasant such as marital discord or simply due to too much caffeine. In chronic cases of sleep disorder, medical practitioners recommend the sedative-hypnotic known as Ambien to patients, which is the brand name of the sleep-inducing medicine zolpidem. Read more

Cold medicines: An easier route to get high

Cold medicines: An easier route to get high

Cough and cold is a very common symptom of a viral or bacterial infection that usually gets cured on its own within some time. There is no medication to cure it, but one can get relief from the associated symptoms with cough syrups and other cold medicines. Millions of Americans take cough and cold medicines each year to get relief from this common disease. Since many of such medicines are bought “over-the-counter” (OTC), one does not need a prescription to access them. Therefore, chances of misuse are always high. Read more

Differences between Adderall IR vs. XR

Differences between Adderall IR vs. XR

Adderall is a combination drug that contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, the central nervous system stimulants that affect chemicals in the brain and nerves contributing to hyperactivity and impulse control. Used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the drug works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Read more

Cough and cold medicines commonly abused by teens

Cough and cold medicines commonly abused by teens

Teenage years are often considered to be the most challenging period of one’s life since this is the age when children are increasingly exposed to negative influences such as drug abuse. Some of the teens, probably use drugs just for having fun or, sometimes, due to peer pressure, but, many others get habituated to drug use, which leads to an addiction. Addiction is a chronic condition characterized by an inability to stop using drugs in spite of the detrimental effect on a person’s life and health. Read more

Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse

Tips to prevent prescription drug abuse

A lot has been said about the prescription drug abuse problem in the United States. Prescription drug abuse can have serious consequences and the best way to avoid them is to stop misusing these drugs. However, preventing prescription drug abuse requires a lot of effort and sufficient knowledge of the drugs. For the ones who believe that prevention is better than cure, here are some ways to prevent it. Read more

Codeine addiction and its prevention

Codeine addiction and its prevention

Codeine is an opioid – a narcotic analgesic – commonly used as a cough syrup also. It blocks signaling pathways between the brain and the central nervous system (CNS). As a CNS depressant, it diminishes the cough stimuli when other cough suppressants become ineffective. Read more

Passing of Amendment 2 legalizes medical marijuana in Florida

Passing of Amendment 2 legalizes medical marijuana in Florida

Florida passed the Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Initiative or Florida Amendment 2 on November 8, 2016, that legalizes medical marijuana in Florida. The passing of Florida Amendment 2 implies that patients suffering from AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cancer, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and other similar conditions will now have access to medical marijuana. It will allow licensed physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to patients suffering from such devastating illnesses. However, it continues to follow the state as well federal prohibitions regarding recreational marijuana use. Read more

Opioid overdose among children and teenagers on the rise: Study

Opioid overdose among children and teenagers on the rise: Study

Opioid addiction is being recognized as a rapidly growing problem in the United States. Since 2000, the number of deaths in the U.S. due to drug overdose has risen 137 percent, including a 200 percent surge in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids, says the Centers for Disease  Control and Prevention (CDC). Read more