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Medicine
2011-08-24 13:17:37

  Analysis: Facing up to the prescription opioid crisis Action is needed to tackle the increasing number of deaths in the United States and Canada from prescription painkillers known as opioids, experts reported on bmj.com August 23. Opioids are prescription painkillers that contain compounds derived from the opium poppy. While they have long been used to control the symptoms of cancer and acute medical conditions, they are increasingly being used to control chronic pain,...

2009-11-30 21:10:33

Many who must pay out-of-pocket for life-saving drug regimen are not filling their prescriptions, researchers say Providing free medications to people after heart attack could add years to patients' lives at a relatively low cost for provincial governments, according to a new study by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. "Many patients are not benefiting from effective prescribed medications because they simply don't fill their prescriptions," says Dr. Irfan Dhalla, the study's...