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Opioid Bill Would Protect Individuals Who Buy Cheaper Medications Abroad

The final version of the bill would give the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports but would shield people who are just trying to get cheaper drugs from other countries.

The final version of the massive opioid bill Congress released this week would grant the Food and Drug Administration new powers to crack down on drug imports, but it also includes a provision — nearly killed in the Senate — to shield people who are just trying to buy cheaper, needed prescription

Seniors In Pain Hop Aboard The Canna-Bus

People over 50, and especially those 65 and older, are the fastest growing group of cannabis users. They find it helpful in easing pain.

Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options.

Medicare Advantage Tool To Lower Drug Prices Crimps Choice

New rules allow Medicare Advantage plans to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs.

Starting next year, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to add restrictions on expensive, injectable drugs administered by doctors to treat cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and other serious diseases.

Doctor Disciplined Over Use Of Controversial Menopause Therapy 

A California doctor who touts bioidentical hormones and was endorsed by celebrities is sanctioned for putting clients at risk.

A Santa Monica doctor who touted a controversial menopause therapy on the Oprah Winfrey Network and received testimonials for her work from such celebrity patients as model Cindy Crawford and actress-author Suzanne Somers has been disciplined by California’s medical board for gross negligence.

Insulin’s High Cost Leads To Deadly Rationing

The price of insulin in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2012, putting the life-saving hormone out of reach for some people with diabetes.

Diabetic ketoacidosis is a terrible way to die. It’s what happens when you don’t have enough insulin. Your blood sugar gets so high that your blood becomes highly acidic, your cells dehydrate, and your body stops functioning.

Surprise Medical Bills Are What Americans Fear Most In Paying For Health Care

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that 67 percent of people worry about unexpected medical bills, more than they dread insurance deductibles, prescription drug costs or paying for the basics in life.

Unexpected medical bills top the list of health care costs Americans are afraid they will not be able to afford, with four in 10 people saying they had received a surprisingly large invoice within the past year, according to a new poll.

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