China Rx

In China Rx, Gibson and Singh discuss China’s long-term strategy to destroy the markets of Western countries in China and take over vital industries.  They cite the expectation of technology transfer held over Western companies who want access to China’s explosive domestic market.  Many Chinese nationals employed by American pharmaceutical firms have stolen trade secrets and provided them to Chinese companies.  Plus, China is heavily involved in cyber-espionage to steal treatment protocols, manufacturing plant specifications, and cost and pricing data to undercut U.S. companies and co-opt government-funded research.

 

It’s not just the carcinogens in your blood pressure medications.  The game is much bigger.

Is Your Generic Medication Made In China and Is It Safe?

Where Are My Generics Medications Made? India, China, or the US?

Physicians are being murdered for not prescribing opioids

I would like to suggest that the root of this opioid epidemic lies far deeper than “physicians overprescribing.” The problem is that we are now a society of adults who have no coping skills. No ability to deal with the curves that life throws us. Everyone is looking for a quick fix. We have taught our children that they should never have to feel any sort of discomfort whether emotional or physical.

Source: Physicians are being murdered for not prescribing opioids

I’ve been concerned about the lack of coping skills for quite some time.

Then I read this:

The number of Americans who say they’ve taken an antidepressant over the past month rose by 65 percent between 1999 and 2014, a new government survey finds.

Source: Antidepressant Use Jumps 65 Percent in 15 Years

This is depressing.

FME’s – 2011

CDC Features – Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the U.S.

Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers have skyrocketed in the past decade. Every year, nearly 15,000 people die from overdoses involving these drugs—more than those who die from heroin and cocaine combined.

Thinking About Heath..Just Another FME | Underwriting Solutions LLC

It’s been over three years since I posted about Heath Ledger and his unfortunate FME (Fatal Medication Error).  Fresh research from the CDC indicates the problem is getting worse.  The current state of the US economy virtually guarantees the staggering increase in prescription painkiller abuse and overdose will get worse before it gets better.

Hospital Admissions for Drug Reactions = 65,000 Annually

Medical News: Hospital Admissions for Drug Reactions Double – in Pain Management, Pain Management from MedPage Today

The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) found that there was a major increase in hospital discharges from effects of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, as well as illegal drugs, among adults ages 45 and older. 

Hospital admissions for drug-related conditions grew from about 30,000 per year to more than 65,000 per year — a 117% increase — between 1997 and 2008 for people ages 45 to 64, according to the report.

Scary Chart of the Day – 08.19.10

Pretty ugly looking trend

QuickStats: Number of Poisoning Deaths* Involving Opioid Analgesics and Other Drugs or Substances — United States, 1999–2007

From 1999 to 2007, the number of U.S. poisoning deaths involving any opioid analgesic (e.g., oxycodone, methadone, or hydrocodone) more than tripled, from 4,041 to 14,459, or 36% of the 40,059 total poisoning deaths in 2007. In 1999, opioid analgesics were involved in 20% of the 19,741 poisoning deaths. During 1999–2007, the number of poisoning deaths involving specified drugs other than opioid analgesics increased from 9,262 to 12,790, and the number involving nonspecified drugs increased from 3,608 to 8,947.

Thinking About Heath..Just Another FME

I’ve been thinking about Heath Ledger’s death and the release of the new Batman movie and the fact that it broke all box office records for a weekend opening at over $155 million.  I guess no one really cares about Ledger’s death anymore and that’s a shame.  The movie’s opening weekend was a perfect opportunity for the movie industry to make a statement about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.  Of course, I’m dreaming.  But one nagging thought kept recurring. How could anyone take a combination of oxycodone, hydrocodone, diazepam (Valium), temazepam (Restoril), alprazolam (Xanax), and doxylamine and think even for a moment that doing that was OK? Another recurring thought was that this thing has to be bigger than the death of one movie star. This thing has to be huge. Well, I found out today just how huge. I learned a new acronym today – FME or fatal medication event.

Multiple online sources quoted statistics from a research study published in the July 28 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Now how’s this for a fun project? The researchers read almost 50 million death certificates from the United States between Jan. 1, 1983, and Dec. 31, 2004. Nearly 225,000 involved FME’s. The overall death rate from FME’s increased 360.5 percent during that time period.

But the increase in FMEs in people aged 40 to 59 was 890.8%.

Professional life underwriters should be scared. I know I am. I’ve added a link to the FDA website on medication errors. Check it out.