drugs

Medicare Overpays $6.7 Billion for Patient Evaluation Services

Posted on 05/30/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMedicare spent $6.7 billion too much in 2010 by “inappropriately” paying claims from physicians who had submitted the wrong billing codes or no documentation at all for certain services, according to a new report from the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Although that amount was a small fraction of Medicare’s total spending of more than $525 billion in 2010, it still added up to 21 percent of what Medicare paid for all “evaluation …

Former Players Say NFL Teams Gave Pain Pills ‘Like Candy’

Posted on 05/21/2014 by |General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Jim Litke, AP Sports Writer Former NFL lineman Jeremy Newberry says he often hobbled into the San Francisco 49ers locker room using a walking boot and crutches, then lined up behind as many as two dozen teammates for treatment — in his case, a shot of the painkiller Toradol. Ten minutes later, he sprinted onto the field to play. The toughness of pro football players is part of the league’s image, but a lawsuit filed on May 20 on …

The Suprising Risks of Antibiotics

Posted on 03/10/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe next time you find yourself asking for an antibiotic to treat a nasty cough or sinus infection — or accepting one when your doctor offers it — consider this: Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics and putting patients at risk, sometimes giving patients three times as many antibiotics as are warranted, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. This practice can cause harmful side effects and lead to infections that kill thousands of Americans …

The Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on 02/4/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyWhen I glanced at my e-mail alerts on Sunday and saw that Philip Seymour Hoffman, arguably the greatest film actor of his generation, had died of a probable drug overdose, I felt the same mix of sadness and anger that came over me when Whitney Houston died. Again, a performer taken way too soon… again a drug death preceded by reports that the artist was “clean and sober”…again that empty feeling of a creative resume half-filled, never to be completed. …

Drug Giant Ends Payments to Doctors

Posted on 12/17/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPharmaceutical companies make lots of money and spend lots of money, including lavish payments to doctors for consulting; expenses-paid conferences, cruises and other events for doctors; and bonuses for sales reps who exceed sales targets, even if that means pitching a drug for uses the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved. Over the past three years, the investigative journalists at the nonprofit ProPublica, along with its news media partners, have been writing about these practices in the series Dollars for Doctors …

Drug Company to Pay $2.2 Billion in Risperdal Settlement

Posted on 11/8/2013 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayWe hear a lot about how older Americans have difficulties with their prescription medications. That makes it all the more disturbing when a pharmaceutical company takes advantage of them by promoting a drug as safe and effective for a certain condition — like, say, dementia — when in fact it may not be. According to the Justice Department, that’s what Johnson & Johnson did in marketing its antipsychotic drug Risperdal to older adults and other vulnerable patients. Now the company will …