DRUG AWARENESS

A Doctor’s Painful Struggle With an Opioid-Addicted Patient

"The patient’s name was S., I learned. She had made four visits to the emergency room complaining of headaches. Three of those times she left with small stashes of opioids — Vicodin, Percocet, oxycodone. Finally, the E.R. doctors refused to give her pain medicines unless she had a primary-care physician. There was an open slot in my clinic the next morning, and the computer had randomly assigned her to see me."

By Siddhartha Mukherjee

For The New York Times

How To Tell If The Price Is Right On Your Next Prescription

"With drug prices rising and insurance coverage shrinking, it pays to ask questions and do a little research before handing over your insurance card at the pharmacy counter. Having coverage offers no guarantee that you're getting the best price for your medicine."

By Tom Murphy 

For The Associated Press

In response to growing consumer frustration over drug prices, UnitedHealthcare, one of the nation’s largest health insurers, said on Tuesday that it would stop keeping millions of dollars in discounts it gets from drug companies and share them with its customers.

UnitedHealthcare Says It Will Pass On Rebates From Drug Companies to Consumers

By Reed Abelson 

The New York Times

Drugmakers:

Pill Kills Flu in a Day

"As Americans suffer through the worst influenza outbreak in almost a decade, a Japanese drugmaker says it has developed a pill that can kill the virus within a day. But even if the experimental drug lives up to the claim, it likely won’t be available in the U.S. until next year at the earliest."

By Preetika Rana 

For The Wall Street Journal