Too many attorneys or too big of budget defecit ?

Chicago and 2 California Counties Sue Over Marketing of Painkillers http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/25/us/chicago-and-2-california-counties-sue-drug-companies-over-painkiller-marketing.html?_r=0 From the article: The City of Chicago and two California counties are challenging the drug industry’s way of doing business, contending in two separate lawsuits that “aggressive marketing” by five companies has fueled an epidemic of addiction and cost taxpayers millions of dollars in […]

Bureaucratic DOUBLE- SPEAK ?

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/fed_regs/rules/2014/fr0822.htm c. Impact on Drug Availability Two commenters suggested this rule will result in limited drug availability because wholesalers are limiting distributions to community pharmacies. These commenters assert that if a pharmacy goes over a pre-determined amount, they cannot obtain the needed pharmaceuticals until the following month. The commenter asserted that this practice may have […]

Our mission is more important !

This appeared in the Federal Register .. the DEA response to comments on the rescheduling of  Hydrocodone products. The previously statements of DEA spokesperson about how the DEA will not interfere with legit pts getting their needs therapy – IMO –  seems to be inconsistent with this current response. 8. Responsibilities of Pharmacists The DEA […]

The change in how opiates are obtained ?

With the change in the schedule of Hydrocodone to a C-II.. leaving Codeine/APAP the only opiate that is not a C-II… will we see a switch to APAP/Cod using the most common vehicle of it being prescribed/obtained                   OR…. will we increasingly see a new “vehicle” used […]

Life …Liberty.. Pursuit of Happiness

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Declaration_of_Independence We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Since our Founding Fathers created this document… their successors have passed some 15 million rules/laws/regulations to help up obey […]

War on drugs transitions to war on patients ?

DEA Makes Official Change for Hydrocodone Combination Products http://www.empr.com/dea-makes-official-change-for-hydrocodone-combination-products/article/367461/?DCMP=EMC-MPR_breakingnews_cp&CPN=mpr_mylp,flecmpr,mylan_2014&spMailingID=9281439&spUserID=MzEwNzk5NTAyNzMS1&spJobID=361973234&spReportId=MzYxOTczMjM0S0 From the article: The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it will publish the Final Rule moving hydrocodone combination products (HCPs) from Schedule III to Schedule II tomorrow in the Federal Register. This Rule follows the recommendation by the Assistant Secretary for Health of the U.S. […]

To quote VP Binden – this is a BFD !

Walgreen Pharmacists File Unpaid Wages and Overtime Class Action Lawsuit http://www.bigclassaction.com/lawsuit/walgreen-pharmacists-file-unpaid-wages-overtime.php From the article: Los Angeles, CA: An unpaid overtime class action lawsuit has been filed against Walgreen Co. in California federal court by pharmacists alleging the company violated California labor law and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by failing to pay them minimum […]

Just another day in the war on drugs ?

Man who allegedly robbed CVS in Beckley sought http://www.register-herald.com/news/article_fcb3707b-fdb1-536d-9b58-6e56c8a047e5.html?mode=jqm From the article: Beckley Police are searching for a man who allegedly robbed a local pharmacy and took one person hostage. According to Detective Morgan Bragg, a man robbed the CVS in Beckley at 1414 N. Eisenhower Drive about 1:15 p.m. on Sunday. “A white male entered […]

Did I hear .. no deaths panels ?

Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits http://www.medpagetoday.com/Geriatrics/GeneralGeriatrics/47274?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2014-08-19&utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DailyHeadlines&utm_source=ST&eun=g578717d0r& From the Article: Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies The second study showed that reducing the screening colonoscopy interval from 10 to 5 years would lead to a minimal gain […]

The skeptics may have to find a new reason !

Fibromyalgia Mystery Finally Solved! http://guardianlv.com/2013/06/fibromyalgia-mystery-finally-solved/ from the article: To solve the Fibromyalgia mystery, researchers zeroed in on the skin from the hand of one patient who had a lack of the sensory nerve fibers, causing a reduced reaction to pain. They then took skin samples from the hands of Fibromyalgia patients and were surprised to […]

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