Posts for Prescription Drugs

Saving Lives from Addiction = Keeping the Focus on Health and Harm Reduction!

For the first time in history, the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy includes support for harm reduction – drug overdose prevention and health interventions that save lives. This is a major step forward in preventing fatal drug overdoses.

$26 Billion Opioid Settlement: A Chance to Do the Right Thing

The largest of any opioid settlement thus far, it will potentially put billions of dollars into state coffers earmarked expressly for abating the substance use epidemic that has ravaged the country.

Larger ACA Premium Subsidies Are Covering Millions More: Here’s How Congress Can Make Them Permanent

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more than 2 million people have signed up for ACA Coverage or Medicaid. Unfortunately, these changes expire in two years.

Momentum for Dental Coverage Grows with Proposed Medicaid Dental Benefit Act in Congress

Dental coverage is having a moment, both in state governments and at the federal level. This week, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA-44) announced the introduction of a new bill, the Medicaid Dental Benefit Act.

Sens. Warnock, Ossoff & Baldwin Want to Close the Medicaid Gap, Congress Must Act

This week Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock released a legislative proposal with senators Ossoff and Baldwin to close the Medicaid coverage gap in states that have yet to adopt Medicaid expansion.

Doggett Kicks off Legislative Efforts to Close the Medicaid Gap

We commend Rep. Doggett for his commitment to closing the Medicaid coverage gap, but we believe that this proposal could present challenges to the implementation of Medicaid expansion and leave consumers confused about who is covered.

Study after Study with the Same Results: Medicaid Expansion Is Good for States

Each week it seems like there is a new study that shows the benefits of expanding Medicaid – for both health and state budgets.

Two Hearings, One Priority: Consumers Must Pay Less for Prescription Drugs

This week, two congressional hearings on lowering prescription drug prices took center stage. The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee held hearings on the high cost of prescription drugs.

Spotlight on Federal Funds to Boost Mental Health Services

This blog is the second in a three-part series on targeting newly approved federal funds for substance use disorders and mental illness to areas of greatest need.

Top Five Things to Ensure the Success of the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act funding is an exciting opportunity to advance health equity and racial justice, specifically by investing in communities.

Targeting New Federal Funds for Substance Use Disorders to Areas of Greatest Need

The federal government is finally giving states the funding they need to address massive gaps in substance use prevention, treatment and recovery services – and not limiting the funding to addressing opioids only.

The House Democratic Caucus Has Taken a Good First Step to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

In response to public demand for relief from high prescription drug prices, last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the Democratic caucus drug pricing package, Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 (H.R.3).

Can Congress Protect Patients from Surprise Medical Bills and Lower Costs at the Same Time?

As consumer advocates, consumer protections are our number one priority. Robust consumer protection means that patients are held harmless and not caught between insurer and provider disputes.

Happy Fifth Birthday, ACA!

The passage of the ACA was a monumental achievement for individuals and organizations across the country. We continue to be incredibly proud of all our state partners who have worked tirelessly to implement the law.

The Advocate's Dilemma

I recently participated in a panel discussion on medication safety issues with a colleague who serves as a patient advocate. We've been on panels together and make a great team—a doctor and a lawyer who are actually on the same side!

Choosing Wisely

Seeing patients at my local health clinic, I recently had a fairly typical day for many doctors.

How much does your doctor get from drug or device companies?

Last week’s release of nationwide information about drug and device manufacturer payments to doctors was the beginning of a new era of sunshine and transparency. The information, which is made public under a provision of the Affordable Care Act, shows...

Pain and Profit

When I retired from my job as associate dean at Brown University Alpert Medical School, I decided to work part-time in community health centers taking care of underserved populations. My first job was in a small city in rural eastern Connecticut.

Who's Watching the Chicken Coop? The FDA's Flawed Drug-Approval Process

I recently attended a conference entitled "What Evidence is Essential for New Medical Products?" held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C., that probed the vexing dilemma of balancing the duty of the Food and...

Ask your doctor about…

The latest post from our physician consultant on direct to consumer advertising and his experience with two patients who recently asked him to prescribe a weight loss drug.

Use As Advertised Rather Than As Directed?

Who has gone a day without seeing at least one advertisement for drugs or medical devices? These advertisements are part of almost every commercial break during primetime television. It’s big revenue for the stations and a major marketing strategy for...
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