Man behind drug cost controversy casts spotlight on price hiking

He was the perfect villain. Martin Shkreli, the smug 32-year-old Turing Pharmaceuticals chief executive officer, raised the price on a drug called Daraprim from $13.50 a pill to $750 overnight. The Daily Beast called Shkreli the most-hated man in the U.S., even eclipsing the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion. After ferocious public pushback, Shkreli … Continue reading Man behind drug cost controversy casts spotlight on price hiking

Generic versus brand name drugs: What’s the difference?

Patients–and even some doctors—view generic drugs like generic knockoffs of their favorite breakfast cereal. You trade taste and quality for a lower price. Prescription drugs do not work that way. A generic drug is a copy of a brand-name drug. It legally has to have the same active ingredients as the drug it copies and … Continue reading Generic versus brand name drugs: What’s the difference?

Driving under the influence of prescription, over-the-counter medications could be dangerous

The cold that has been dogging you for days has finally caught up with you. Your throat is killing you and you feel feverish. All you have in the medicine cabinet is Nyquil, but you have to get some relief before you head off to work. You make the decision to take a swig of … Continue reading Driving under the influence of prescription, over-the-counter medications could be dangerous

You Have the Right to Remain Healthy…If You Just Take This Medication

Dr. Terry Rascoe explores why patients don’t follow prescription medical regimens Reaching for the bottle of aspirin inside the medicine cabinet, something catches your eye—that little orange bottle with the accusing white label. Lonely pills stacked one on top of the other, never to fulfill their life’s purpose. Not only did you waste your money … Continue reading You Have the Right to Remain Healthy…If You Just Take This Medication