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Patent reform is needed to protect patients’ access to lifesaving drugs

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

By: Lyrissa Lidsky From: statnews.com It’s no secret that the cost of prescription drugs is too high for many Americans to afford. Across the country, patients are struggling to access medicines they desperately need. In fact, we are charged, on average, significantly more than residents of other high-income countries for the same prescription drugs. These high prices are due in …

Gum disease may increase breast cancer risk

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

From: buckscountycouriertimes.com A recent study by the Karolinska Institute in Sweden on more than 3,000 patients showed those who had gum disease and tooth loss had more than 11 times greater risk of developing breast cancer. Although this is the first study to show a link between gum disease and breast cancer, gum disease has also been associated with pancreatic …

From Prescription Drug ‘Samples’ To Addiction: One Doctor’s Journey To Hell And Back

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

The painful truth: Physicians are not invincible when it comes to drug addiction. Dr. Steven Farber was on top of his career as a respected cardiologist when, suffering from professional burnout after twenty-five years of taking care of acutely ill patients, this passionate doctor discovered medicated bliss through prescription drug samples that were constantly being brought to his office. This …

‘Obamacare’ Individual Mandate Stands: What You Need to Know Before October

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

As posted on Healthline.com Written by Brian Krans The Department of Health and Human Services has redesigned its website to walk people through healthcare changes they’ll encounter under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act beginning in October. After years of debate, pandering, lawsuits, and grumbling, the mandatory coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—better known as …

CDC: Prescription Painkillers More Lethal Than Cocaine and Heroin

In In The News by Barbara Jacoby

From Healthline.com The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing a 415 percent rise in the rate of fatal painkiller overdoses in women from 1999 to 2010. To find some of the most potent and potentially lethal drugs in the country, many people need look no further than their own medicine cabinets. The number of prescription …