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1 in 10 Canadians cannot afford prescription drugs: UBC study
One in ten Canadians cannot afford to take their prescription drugs as directed, according to an analysis by researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. (2012-01-16)
End pharmacists' monopoly on selling certain drugs, argues expert
Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in The BMJ this week. (2015-07-01)
Promises made, promises kept?
Steve Morgan comments on the fact that spending on Canadian prescription drugs has surpassed $18-billion in 2004. (2005-05-09)
Majority of B.C. women take prescription drugs during pregnancy: UBC study
Almost two-thirds of women in British Columbia filled at least one prescription at some point in their pregnancy, including drugs with potential risks, according to a new study by University of British Columbia researchers. (2011-12-15)
What is driving the rise in over the counter drugs?
Switching of prescription drugs to over the counter availability is increasingly common, but what are the motives behind this trend, ask US researchers in this week's BMJ? (2004-12-30)
Redundancies boost mental health problems for those who keep their jobs
Enforced redundancies, also known as (2007-01-17)
Recommended doses of ginseng, ginko biloba do not interfere with drug absorption
Dr. Gregory Reed reports a study that found daily use of ginseng or ginkgo biloba supplements at the recommended doses, or the combination of both supplements, are unlikely to alter the pharmacokinetics -- by which drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and eliminated by the body -- of the majority of prescription or over-the-counter drugs. (2007-05-01)
Warning over online access to sleeping tablets
The prescription only sleeping tablet zopiclone, that can become addictive if used for more than a few weeks, is easily available online, warn experts in The BMJ today. (2015-11-04)
Study examines factors linked with opioid misuse among university students
In a survey-based study of 9,449 university students at a large, public Midwestern university, misusers of prescription opioid medications were more likely to live off campus, have a lower grade point average, and exhibit increased impulsivity. (2018-10-17)
Legally high? Teenagers and prescription drug abuse
Legal drugs such as OxyContin now kill more people than heroin and cocaine combined. (2015-03-24)
Non-medical use of prescription medications associated with drug abuse among college students
College students who take frequently abused medications without a prescription appear to have a higher risk for drug abuse than those who use such therapies for medical reasons, according to a report in the March issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2008-03-03)
Pharmaceutical spam
Spam advertising of pharmaceutical products is leading patients to seek out information about prescription drugs online, according to a report to be published in the International Journal Business and Systems Research. (2011-12-08)
Food insecure Canadian households may have trouble affording prescription medication
Food insecurity is linked to higher disease rates but not much is known about the reasons for this. (2019-10-11)
FSU study finds religious involvement does little to prevent opioid abuse
In a new study published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, a team of researchers led by FSU Associate Professor Amy Burdette examined the correlation -- or lack thereof -- between drug use and church attendance for women who are mothers. (2018-06-19)
College students say prescription stimulants easy to find on campus
Seven out of 10 college students say it is somewhat or very easy to obtain controlled stimulants without a prescription, according to a new survey conducted on eight US campuses. (2015-10-16)
Drugs in the news
Alan Cassels and colleagues studied newspaper coverage of different prescription drugs in 24 of Canada's largest daily newspapers to determine how well news reports present potential benefits, potential harms and potential conflicts of interest of quoted spokespeople. (2003-04-28)
Drug affordability affects 1 in 10 Canadians
One in 10 Canadians have problems affording medications they have been prescribed, and one in four people without drug insurance cannot afford to have their prescriptions filled, according to a study in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2012-01-16)
Increase seen in prescription drug use in US
Between 1999-2012, overall prescription drug use increased among US adults, with this increase seen for the majority of but not all drug classes, according to a study in the Nov. (2015-11-03)
Psychotropic drug prescriptions for teens surge 250 percent over 7 year period
Psychotropic drug prescriptions for teenagers skyrocketed 250 percent between 1994 and 2001, rising particularly sharply after 1999, when the federal government allowed direct-to-consumer advertising and looser promotion of off-label use of prescription drugs, according to a Brandeis study in the journal Psychiatric Services. (2006-01-03)
Study finds many patients abusing drugs and alcohol are self-medicating chronic pain
With opioid addiction and prescription drug abuse considered one of the biggest public health threats of our time in the US, many are asking why so many Americans are struggling with addiction to illegal drugs and prescription medications. (2016-05-09)
Deadly 'Drug Corner' moves to your computer
If you are hunting for illegal drugs, you don't have to leave your computer desk to find them. (2003-08-19)
Researchers describe link between prescription and illicit drug misuse in high-risk groups
A new report from researchers at the Drexel University School of Public Health identifies patterns in the misuse of illicit drugs among young adults who also misuse prescription drugs. (2012-02-27)
Bodybuilders abusing prescription-only drugs bought on the Internet
Bodybuilders who abuse prescription-only drugs bought on the internet are risking their health, highlights a case report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. (2002-02-04)
The economics of prescription drugs versus OTC
Governments in several countries with public Pharmacare and in a few provinces in Canada are considering reclassifying some drugs from prescription to over-the-counter status. (2005-09-26)
Florida Department of Citrus responds to URMC's release on grapefruit-drug interactions
The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) is seeking clarification on allegations about grapefruit-drug interactions made without appropriate scientific support in a University of Rochester Medical Center's press release dated January 17th. (2005-01-18)
Georgia State: Health provider awareness can curb prescription drug abuse
Increasing health care providers' level of concern about prescription drug abuse in their communities may be an effective public health tool in fighting America's prescription drug abuse epidemic, according to a study by researchers from the School of Public Health and the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University. (2016-02-18)
Prescription of heroin is less costly for society
Prescribing methadone plus heroin to chronic, treatment resistant addicts is less costly than methadone alone because it reduces criminal behaviour, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2005-06-02)
More than a million Americans abuse prescription drugs
Nearly 1.3 million Americans 12 and older abuse prescription drugs and require treatment for their problem, a new study concludes. (2004-04-20)
Research highlights the increasing problem of prescription drug abuse among youth
A new study highlights how parents and peers can help curb the problem. (2013-05-28)
Lifestyle changes effective in protecting against Type II diabetes
Changing to a healthier lifestyle appears to be at least as effective as taking prescription drugs in reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, says a new BMJ study. (2007-01-19)
Scrap 'iniquitous' and 'outdated' NHS prescription charges, urges DTB
The NHS prescription charge is 'iniquitous' and 'outdated' and should be scrapped, urges the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin in an editorial published in this month's issue. (2014-05-14)
Opioid overdoses linked to higher prescription rates in British Columbia
Strong painkillers known as prescription opioids appear to be overprescribed in some regions of British Columbia, resulting in higher rates of overdose and death, according to a new study from UBC. (2015-10-28)
Substance abuse risk not greater in those using medical marijuana with prescribed opioids
Among people who use medical cannabis for chronic pain, those who also take prescription pain medications are not at increased risk for serious alcohol and other drug involvement, according to a study in the May issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. (2015-05-18)
Opioid abuse linked to mood and anxiety disorders
Researchers find that mood and anxiety disorders are highly associated with non-medical prescription opioid use. (2011-12-13)
Are NHS prescription charges helping or harming the NHS?
NHS prescription charges have been described as unfair, illogical and inconsistent. (2014-06-17)
Not enough is known about prescription drug use in pregnancy, say experts
Prescription drug use during pregnancy is prevalent, however, not enough is known about the adverse effects they may have on the developing fetus, concludes a new review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist today, 27 April. (2012-04-26)
Decline in sales of anxiolytics and hypnotics in Norway
After many years of gradual increase followed by a three-year leveling off period, sales of addictive anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs in Norway decreased by just under two percent in 2010. (2011-03-23)
ACP policy paper recommends ways to stem the rising cost of prescription drugs
The American College of Physicians today released a new policy paper calling for changes that could slow the rising cost of prescription drugs. (2016-03-28)
Teens abusing painkillers are more likely to later use heroin
A USC study in the July 8, 2019 issue of JAMA Pediatrics shows that teens who use prescription opioids to get high are more likely to start using heroin by high school graduation. (2019-07-08)
Concern over inappropriate use of psychotropic drugs in those with intellectual disability
The proportion of people with intellectual disability in the UK who have been treated with psychotropic drugs far exceeds the proportion with recorded mental illness, finds a study published by The BMJ today. (2015-09-01)
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