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January 9, 2001 | by Uwe E. Reinhardt
American consumers lost little last week when the Clinton administration scuttled a drug-import bill passed with much fanfare last year by a Congress facing an election. The bill was intended to curb the rapidly rising costs of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to buy American-made medications at lower, regulated prices abroad. In the hunt for affordable prescription drugs, that bill was a toothless tiger. True, drugmakers charge more in America, lowering the price tag for foreign customers who resist higher prices.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 2012
Grapefruit's surprising effects prescription drugs Grapefruit can affect the response of 85 drugs, including cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, new anti-cancer agents, and some synthetic opiates and psychiatric drugs, as well as some birth control pills and estrogen treatments. (The list is at http://tinyurl.com/cu9yk3z ) For 43 of the 85 drugs, consumption with grapefruit can be life-threatening, said Canadian researcher David Bailey who compiled the list. Many are linked to an increase in heart rhythm, known as torsade de pointes, that can lead to death.
NEWS
September 15, 2010
Counties in Pennsylvania will participate Sept. 25 in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take-Back Day, asking the public to turn in expired, unwanted, or unused prescription drugs. According to Katayoun Copeland, Delaware County deputy district attorney, there has been a significant increase in criminal cases related to the abuse of prescription drugs, many obtained from home medicine cabinets. She said there is more abuse of prescription drugs such as oxycodone than there is of cocaine, heroin, and hallucinogenic drugs.
NEWS
June 9, 2011
Delaware County authorities announced charges against 32 people for allegedly peddling prescription drugs in the county. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 23 had been arrested and charged with drug crimes, including intent to deliver and possession. Nine more suspects were sought, police said. The investigation came about after two killings were linked to illegal sales of prescription drugs, according to Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green. - Mari A. Schaefer
NEWS
May 9, 2005 | By Louis Greenwald
Access to lifesaving prescription drugs has been an issue the Legislature has grappled with for years. Although our state provides such programs as Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Aged and Disabled and Senior Gold, too many New Jerseyans struggle with the costs of prescription medicines. As chairman of the Assembly's Budget Committee, I understand how the lack of access to lifesaving, life-enhancing medicine affects our state's neediest citizens. Eight million people call New Jersey home; 1.2 million of them either have no health insurance or are underinsured.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1989 | By Marian Uhlman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Solid results from several prescription drugs helped Rorer Group Inc. rack up higher sales and profits during the second quarter. Among the strong contributors were Lozol, a drug for treating high blood pressure, and Azmacort, an asthma drug. However, Robert E. Cawthorn, chairman and chief executive officer of the Fort Washington pharmaceutical company, said he expected third-quarter results to be hampered by the dollar's rise against foreign currencies and a promotional campaign for Maalox antacid, a key product for the company.
NEWS
August 26, 1986 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Noting a "disturbing trend of prescription-drug abuse," state Health Secretary H. Arnold Muller released a study yesterday recommending restrictions on the prescribing and dispensing of amphetamines and other addictive drugs. The study reported that nine medical practitioners were responsible for 23 percent of Pennsylvania's amphetamine purchases in 1984. It also said that state residents that year consumed amphetamines at four times the national average. Philadelphia's amphetamine consumption was 1 1/2 times the Pennsylvania average.
NEWS
October 22, 1990 | By David Zucchino, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fat Henry was dropping by for drugs at Lou's Pharmacy. So were Pizza Gus and Errol Dog and even Mary Worth. Their names were on prescriptions for two powerful drugs, Doriden and codeine. These characters intrigued Peaches Larro, an intense, meticulous Drug Enforcement Administration investigator. But even more intriguing were the breathtaking amounts of prescription narcotics flowing in and out of Louis Brickman's corner drugstore on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia. Sifting through detailed DEA records, Larro discovered that Brickman's little mom-and-pop drugstore was the state's sixth-largest mover of codeine.
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NEWS
May 10, 2016
THERE'S NEVER been a secret about the addictive properties of opioid painkillers. But a new investigation by The Los Angeles Times revealed something that wasn't so widely known: The maker of one of the most popular opioid painkillers pushed doctors to adhere to a regimen that, as it turned out, made it more likely for patients to become addicts. And by the way, it was the regimen approved by federal regulators - one with unanticipated consequences that regulators and doctors have been too slow to address.
NEWS
April 13, 2016
ISSUE | PRESCRIPTION DRUGS Imports make treatment affordable A commentary against drug importation did not mention the role of price increases ("Drug-import proposal puts people at risk," Wednesday). As a "poor senior" on a "tight, fixed-income budget," I am not as afraid of foreign imports as I am of a system that puts medications out of the reach of people who need them. An article in the AARP Bulletin stated, "According to recent estimates, more than one-quarter of prescriptions aren't filled because people can't afford them.
NEWS
April 7, 2016
By Robert Blancato Presidential front-runner Donald Trump recently unveiled a proposal that would authorize Americans to buy prescription drugs imported from countries like Canada. The measure sounds appealing; who wouldn't want cheaper medicines from our northern neighbor's safe pharmacies? Unfortunately, there's a reason this proposal sounds too good to be true: It is. While seemingly sensible, drug importation is a terrible idea that would put Americans at risk of harm from impure, unsafe, and counterfeit copies of prescription drugs.
NEWS
February 20, 2016
By John J. Taylor Pennsylvania leads the nation in drug-overdose deaths among young adult men. According to the Trust for America's Health, the state suffered 30.3 deaths per 100,000 young adult male residents. When all ages and genders are combined, Pennsylvania ranks ninth in the nation. It is clear that we are in the midst of an ever-increasing epidemic in which the grief from these tragedies does not end when the family leaves the grave site. It can and often does consume surviving family members with an unrelenting emptiness and lifelong sadness.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 2016
DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law has asked me to pay for repairs to the passenger seat of her car. She was picking up my 9-year-old to stay the night, and when he got inside, he moved the seat forward to better fit his stature. She got upset and said, "The seat was broken. We had it set just right for me when I'm the passenger. " Since he adjusted it, she hasn't been able to reset it. When I asked whether there was a note on the dash that read "Do not move seat," she said no. Then I asked, if this was her best friend's son, would she be requesting money to repair an already-broken seat?
NEWS
February 9, 2016
ISSUE | DRUG ABUSE Everyone is needed to fight epidemic I am deeply moved by the openness of John Decker's family and their attempt to illuminate a dark and disturbing issue ("Life of promise lost to addiction," Jan. 31). The heroin epidemic in this country is the fault of many. As former Gov. Ed Rendell pointed out, pharmaceutical companies profit from the sale of opioids, physicians freely dispense overly strong painkillers, and the federal Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention don't protect us ("To end painkiller epidemic, make it personal," Thursday)
NEWS
February 5, 2016
By Ed Rendell Last year, 44,000 people died of drug overdoses, and 52 percent of them were related to prescription drugs. More than two million Americans are dependent on opioid painkillers, and every day, 44 Americans die of an overdose of these drugs. When the cost of these painkillers becomes too great, addicts will turn to lower-cost heroin. In 2007, there were 373,000 heroin addicts in the United States, and 2,400 deaths resulted from heroin overdoses. By 2014, those numbers ballooned to 914,000 addicts and 10,500 overdose deaths.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | Staff Report
Six Philadelphia police districts will get drop boxes where residents can safely dispose of unwanted prescription drugs under a pilot program announced Wednesday. More than 100 drop boxes have already been installed in suburban counties. Prescription drugs can pollute water systems if dumped down drains and unused medicines - particularly powerful pain killers - can be abused if they fall into the wrong hands. Nearly half of the 650 people who died of overdoses in Philadelphia in 2014 had prescription opioids in their system.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pat McGuckin barely recognized her 39-year-old son. Once a personal trainer and bodybuilder, Michael now was exhausted, his limbs bloated, his mood so volatile that he ripped the phone off her wall. He told his worried mother that he was in pain from a car accident but that a doctor was helping him. On Oct. 21, 2007, his younger brother found Michael in bed, his body cold. A few days later, their mother stared at the words on the death certificate, struggling to understand what had killed her son. She dialed Richard J. Hollawell, a friend of Michael's since childhood in Northeast Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than a year, a team of burglars has been breaking into pharmacies and ATMs across the city, making off with large amounts of cash and prescription drugs, Philadelphia police say. Now, the department is asking for the public's help in catching the men who have been implicated in seven burglaries and an attempted burglary so far - targeting four pharmacies and four ATMs since March 2014. Police say the burglary team is made up of three to four men who have struck all over the city - in Kensington, Overbrook Park, Fern Rock, Eastwick, University City, Manayunk, and the Far Northeast.
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