why should a national health care program penalize people for shopping at nearby locally-owned businesses?

Guest column Elaine Ulman: Local prescription drug wars https://www.gazettenet.com/Guest-column-Elaine-Ulhman-25067368 Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. Yet independent pharmacies in small towns and rural communities like western Massachusetts struggle to survive. You may not see the pharmacist tied up and gagged beside an empty cash register, but independent pharmacies have been systematically […]

Denial of treatment for chronic pain is GOING INTERNATIONAL ?

Daphne Bramham: Tougher new regulations promise more agony for chronic pain-sufferers https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/daphne-bramham-tougher-new-regulations-promise-more-agony-for-chronic-pain-sufferers One in five Canadians lives with chronic pain, but the cries of an estimated 800,000 British Columbians are not only being ignored, their suffering is being exacerbated by regulators limiting their access to both drugs and treatment. First, in a move unprecedented in […]

Portage woman’s family says she died because she couldn’t get her painkillers

Portage woman’s family says she died because she couldn’t get her painkillers https://www.nwitimes.com/news/special-section/opioids-in-nwi/portage-woman-s-family-says-she-died-because-she-couldn/article_084ea51b-74c5-5566-8049-923c6dc961bd.html Amanda Latronica says her mom died of a “soft suicide.” She didn’t put a gun to her head and pull the trigger — but the result was the same. Earlier this year, Dawn Anderson, Latronica’s mother, went into kidney failure. It was […]

In Memory America’s Fallen


Is the chronic pain community ON THEIR OWN TO CHANGE THEIR DESTINY ?

www.nationalpainreport.com/another-pain-organization-to-shut-down-8839923.html Another pain organization apparently is going out of business. The American Pain Society is filing for bankruptcy and ceasing to exist in its current form. “It’s a sad day for U.S. pain research, education, advocacy and patient care,” said Stanford’s Beth Darnall, Ph.D., in a tweet this week. APS is the second pain organization […]

A post from SIX YEARS AGO.. has anything changed for the better ?

Lilly selling half-price version of popular Humalog insulin

https://www.apnews.com/f311f61e42684838bb5fd52a4b486215 A half-price version of Eli Lilly’s popular Humalog insulin is now available, following the company’s promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option amid fierce criticism of soaring insulin prices. Lilly, one of the three top insulin makers, said Wednesday that it has begun selling its own generic version of Humalog U-100 […]

DEA: how many ways can I fine you… let me COUNT THE WAYS

DEA and U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Louisiana announce settlement with drug distributor https://www.therolladailynews.com/news/20190524/dea-and-us-attorney-in-western-district-of-louisiana-announce-settlement-with-drug-distributor Morris & Dickson Company LLC has agreed to pay the United States $22 million in civil penalties to resolve claims that it violated the Controlled Substances Act by failing to report suspicious orders of hydrocodone and oxycodone, announced Drug […]

OHIO: Overdose deaths rising this year over 2018

https://www.wdtn.com/news/local-news/overdose-deaths-trending-higher-this-year-than-2018/2021146019 DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Drug overdose deaths for 2019 are out-pacing 2018, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger.  As of May 16, the coroner’s office counted 102 deaths for 2019 vs. 105 through the end of May in 2018. Harshbarger said he expected the 2019 numbers through May to be higher than 2018 […]

Benzo co-prescribed for MAT for substance abusers BUT NOT FOR CHRONIC PAINERS ?

FDA Okays Benzodiazepines and Medication-Assisted Opioid Addiction Treatment https://www.drugtopics.com/clinical-news/fda-okays-benzodiazepines-and-medication-assisted-opioid-addiction-treatment The FDA has issued a Drug Safety Communication on the use of benzodiazepines and opioid addiction medications. Benzodiazepines and other drugs that can depress the central nervous system do not have to be withheld from patients taking drugs such as buprenorphine or methadone for treatment of […]