prescription drugs

  1. New push to make prescription drugs available over the counter

    Prescription drugs -- without a prescription

    Who needs a doctor when you have drug commercials?

    It used to be that a patient would tell his doctor what was wrong, and the doctor would come up with a diagnosis and a treatment based on those symptoms, and some tests.

    These days, it's the other way around: A patient sees a commercial for a drug and says, "I need that!" Then, he marches into his doctor's office and demands a prescription.

    In theory, that extra step -- going to the doctor's office -- is supposed to stop people from self-medicating and taking drugs they don't need, too many drugs, or dangerous drugs without a doctor to keep an eye on things.

    In reality, once a patient asks for a drug he usually gets it. Usually, but not always -- and it drives the drug industry nuts that at least some patients are being stopped by stick-in-the-mud doctors who worry about little things like health, safety, side effects, and necessity.

    They want patients to be able to skip the middleman in the white jacket and get drugs on their own -- without a prescription.

    And right now, that drug-industry dream is about to become a reality. Under a nightmarish new plan, supposedly from the FDA, statins, diabetes drugs, asthma meds, and more could all be available over the counter.

    I say "supposedly" because I don't believe for a moment that the agency came up with this out of the clear blue sky. Behind the scenes, you can bet the drug industry has been pushing for this -- and pushing hard.

    Them, and insurance companies. Since insurers don't usually cover over-the-counter meds, this could save them billions (and cause patients who really need those meds to pay more than ever).

    The fact that the FDA is now actually proposing it should tell you everything you need to know about who really calls the shots in Washington.

    After all, no one else is clamoring for this. I haven't heard a patient yet say he wished he had easier access to statins.

    And doctors hate the idea. The American Medical Association even testified against it at an FDA hearing, and not just because docs could lose money if patients no longer need to come in for office visits to get prescriptions.

    It's because they'll be the ones left picking up the pieces when patients make bad drug choices -- something that's bound to happen when they're choosing medicines based on TV commercials.

  2. A study only Big Pharma could love

    You may have noticed by now that I’m always suspicious of studies that “prove” the only solution to a health problem comes on a prescription pad.

    Take this new survey out of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, which concluded that patients suffering from high blood pressure get better results from drugs alone than from drugs and lifestyle changes combined.

    Since this flies in the face of all clinical evidence, the researchers concluded that people in the “real world” must be making lifestyle changes differently than people being studied in a clinical setting.

    I can buy that… I truly can. And the next step should be to find out how to duplicate the clinical success of lifestyle changes in the real world.

    But, of course, the researchers went in a different direction – and you’ll have no trouble believing the direction they chose. They outrageously concluded that drugs are the only real and certain solution for lowering blood pressure.

    All I can say is, try telling that to my patients. I cure high blood pressure all the time, and I’m not relying on dangerous prescription drugs to do it. In fact, many of my patients come to me after they have unsuccessfully tried prescription drugs for years.

    You see, high blood pressure is often the result of an imbalance of epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are produced by your adrenal glands. This imbalance can be caused by a simple nutritional deficiency. Fix the deficiency, and you can fix the high blood pressure.

    That may seem overly simple, but I’ve seen it work time and again. In fact, I’ll be sharing the nutrient regimen I recommend to my patients with high blood pressure in the May issue of Health Revelations. Click here to sign up for Health Revelations today!

    I’ve also seen patients experience remarkable results from lifestyle changes, like altering their diets, exercising more and managing stress.

    You’ve got to realize that developing hypertension is not like catching a cold. You don’t go to bed one night perfectly healthy and wake up the next morning suffering from consistently high blood pressure.

    It’s something that develops over time. Lifestyle modifications can take you at least part of the way back, but how far – and how long it’ll take – will depend in part on the severity of your high blood pressure and what’s causing it.

    But don’t believe for a second that lifestyle changes can’t help. I have too many patients who are living proof that they can make a big difference. And, unlike prescription drugs, the only side effect of lifestyle changes is overall better health.

  3. Doctors ignoring drug interaction alerts when writing prescriptions

    According to a new study, doctors are ignoring electronic drug interaction alerts up to 90 percent of the time!

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