A new law will let Medicare bargain for the first time. But a health policy scholar explains why it’s unlikely to make much of a difference in how much seniors – or anyone else – pays for their meds.
Believe it or not, medication names are intended to be easy to remember and descriptive of the function they serve in the body.
From tablets and patches to ointments and infusions, the best way to deliver a drug is the one that gets the right amount to the right place.
Prescription opiods, stimulants such as those used to treat ADHD and the ingredients found in sexual dysfunction drugs like Viagra are some of the drugs that are being marketed to US consumers.
People who need the most health care – the poor and the chronically ill – miss out on care the most. But there are ways to reduce this inequity.
In Summer, you may need to be extra sun smart if you’re swallowing certain medications or putting them on your skin.
When news reports tout a drug, people get interested, even if the benefits are unproven. Patient hopes, requests and demands can easily turn into real prescriptions in their doctor’s office.
Toilet paper shortages were bad enough. A shortage of drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic would be worse. A provision in the Canadian government’s relief package aims to prevent that from happening.
As the boomers age, many will have medication issues. That can be compounded by the number of drugs they take, both prescription and over-the-counter.
For most medicines, it doesn’t matter when you take them. But others work best at particular times.
When codeine became a prescription only drug in 2018, the number of overdoses dropped, our new research shows. But restricting sales of codeine is only one way to reduce harm from opioids.
National drug regulators use evidence from clinical trials to decide whether new cancer drugs will be approved for use. But these studies are often flawed.
As Canadians consider possibilities for pharmacare reform in the coming months, they should have access to the best available evidence about how it might work in our country.
Current trials suggest MDMA could used to treat psychiatric disorders as a prescription medicine by 2021. But there remain a number of unresolved patient / doctor issues to be considered.
Commonly recommended sleeping tablets aren’t appropriate for plane travel. Here’s why.
If you look into your kitchen or bathroom cabinet, chances are you’d find some unused medicine, much of it expired. Here’s what to do with it.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
Intuitively, it might seem desirable to speed up access to medicines. But this means more drugs will be approved that may subsequently prove unsafe or ineffective.
In many cases, the most appropriate treatment for a health condition isn’t a drug. It could be a recommendation for a dietary change, a specific exercise, or even a phone app.
The Social Medwork is a website that promises patients legal access to medicines from overseas. How does it work? What are the risks? And why are patients turning to it to access the drugs they need?