Let’s Stop the Hysterical Rhetoric about the Opioid Crisis

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/lets-stop-hysterical-rhetoric-about-opioid-crisis President Trump held a meeting earlier this summer with the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and other advisers to take a deep dive into solving the nation’s worsening opioid overdose problem. The Trump administration is clearly shifting into high gear on […]

Inside a drug pricing contract.. how pts and pharmacies get financially SCREWED ?

https://www.axios.com/inside-express-scripts-pbm-contract-8be2f09d-cbfa-4275-9855-7bc9c4fcc1a7.html A contract template used by Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the U.S., provides a window into how pharmacy benefit managers — middlemen that manage drug coverage for businesses throughout the country — steer negotiations with drug companies to benefit their own financial interests. Why it matters: These benefit managers have a […]

ACLU wants to protect women from being discriminated by healthcare… but only very narrow disease issues ?

Hi Steve – Religious liberty is not a license to discriminate and harm. Yet Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services wants to let health care providers use their religious beliefs to justify turning away patients in need. This is a betrayal of the department’s own mission, and it could have disastrous consequences – particularly […]

Sometimes the Journal of the AMA Gets It Wrong! And so do careless journalists.

https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/03/21/sometimes-journal-ama-gets-it-wrong-and-so-do-careless-journalists-12731 On March 6, 2018, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a 12-month randomized clinical trial [authors Erin E Krebs, Amy Gravely, Beth DeRonne, Elizabeth Goldsmith, and others] which compared opioids to non-opioid medications for treatment of moderate to severe osteoarthritis and back pain among 240 Veterans Administration patients.  In the days since publication, […]

2017 in review … what killed us

Today is 03/22/2019.. who will not be here tomorrow 2016 in review … what killed us 6775 Americans will die EVERY DAY – from various reasons 2700 people  WILL ATTEMPT SUICIDE 140 will be SUCCESSFUL – including 20 veterans 270 will die from hospital acquired antibiotic resistant “bug” because staff won’t properly wash hands and/or […]

Pain meds shortage changing how North Texas patients are treated

http://www.wfaa.com/article/news/pain-meds-shortage-changing-how-north-texas-patients-are-treated/287-530782803 His pain has eased now, but two weeks ago, “It was excruciating. I’d say it was about an 8 [out of 10 ], when they were asking me at the hospital.” Several North Texas hospitals are acknowledging a shortage in powerful pain medications. It is a nationwide shortage, believed to be caused in large […]

Illegal opiate OD’s increasing and Congress is still looking at decade old data to find solutions ?

House Energy and Commerce Committee grills DEA chief over free flow of opioids https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/house-energy-and-commerce-committee-grills-dea-chief-over-free-flow-of-opioids/2018/03/20/76a79e24-2c68-11e8-b0b0-f706877db618_story.html The acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration said a database that monitors the flow of powerful prescription painkillers from manufacturer to distribution point was compiled manually during the height of the opioid crisis, making it a reactive, not proactive, tool. […]

As Trump calls for prescription drug monitoring, N.H. stuck in ‘initial phase of maturity’

http://www.concordmonitor.com/As-Trump-calls-for-stronger-prescription-drug-monitoring-New-Hampshire-s-program-struggles-16303618 Tucked within President Donald Trump’s latest proposal to address the opioid epidemic – unveiled Monday in Manchester – is support for a somewhat obscure initiative: prescription drug monitoring programs. The programs, administered by states, collect prescription information for patients. Pharmacists and doctors are required to participate; the resulting database allows physicians and administrators to […]

Pseudo-facts, fake news, OR… just PLAIN LIES ?

The CDC Quietly Admits It Screwed Up Counting Opioid Pills https://www.acsh.org/news/2018/03/19/cdc-quietly-admits-it-screwed-dishonestly-counting-pills-12717 Here’s the title of an opinion piece in the April issue of the American Journal of Public Health, which was published by four authors at the CDC: “Quantifying the Epidemic of Prescription Opioid Overdose Death”  I don’t like the title very much. It (intentionally, no […]

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In need of donations to help offset cost of hotel rooms. Please donate anything you can afford to get warriors to D.C? If your bank has Zelle you can send by using my cell number. We’re using venmo for credit cards at no cost. I’m not opposed to a check I can deposit into Bank […]

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