prescription drugs

The Takeaway: Pfizer Alzheimer’s Drug Fails Late-Stage Study

Posted on 07/24/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAn experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has turned out to be a disappointment in the first finished late-stage study, manufacturer Pfizer said Monday. Called bapineuzumab, it’s one of three Alzheimer’s treatments currently in clinical trials that some have been calling our “last hope” for drugs that slow the progression of the disease.

See That Warning Sticker? Seniors Don’t, Study Says

Posted on 07/19/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthYou know those colorful little warning stickers that the pharmacist slaps on prescription pill bottles? Actually, you might not.  A new study says that most older adults ignore them, while most younger people read them. Michigan State University researchers used eye-tracking technology as well as follow-up memory tests to see whether people paid attention to the pill container stickers that say things like, “Do not consume alcohol while taking this medication,” or “Take with food.” They found that while everyone …

AARP Illinois Hotline Live! Save Illinois Cares Rx!

Posted on 04/20/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi blog readers  Jenn here from the communications team, just a quick  update for the day. You have probably heard that the Governor’s plan to reform Medicaid has been proposed and includes a provision which would entirely eliminate  Illinois Cares Rx.   Amidst all the hoopla and uproar (including our own) I just wanted to draw your attention to a couple of things. First thing: Contact your legislators now and tell them to protect this vital program while negotiations are still happening. Before they …

AARP to Legislators: Think Before You Cut

Posted on 04/4/2012 by |All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHey blog readers – Jenn here from the communications team. This week I caught up with our staffer David Vinkler down in our Springfield office. He’s our expert on all things related to the state budget as well as home and community based services in Illinois.  He’s pretty much buried right now – analyzing where that elusive $2.8 billion (yeah that’s right, BILLION) in proposed cuts might come from in order for legislators to balance the  state budget by May 31st. …

How high are your prescription drug costs?

Posted on 03/13/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthDo you get the feeling your prescription drugs are more expensive than they were just a few years ago? It sort of goes with out saying that everyone always feels that way. But here are some numbers: A new prescription drug report out from the AARP Public Policy Institute show that the cost of drugs most commonly used by Medicare recipients rose nearly double the rate of inflation between 2005 to 2009. So the average cost of such a therapy …

The Takeaway: Drugmakers Defraud Uncle Sam Repeatedly

Posted on 03/6/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayPharma Giants Flaunt Rules: Several of the largest American pharmaceutical companies have repeatedly defrauded Medicare, Medicaid and patients over the past decade. But because these drugmakers—including Pfizer and Merck—are the only ones making critical medicines in the U.S., the federal government must continue to do business with them.