Prescription medications have become easier to obtain online during the pandemic, when regulatory officials waived requirements for in-person examination before certain types of drugs are prescribed. Truepill is still fulfilling Schedule III and V drug prescriptions from licensed clinicians. But the company is suspending delivery for Schedule II drugs like Adderall, which the Drug Enforcement Administration classifies as having a high level of potential abuse. In the case of stimulants, misuse has been linked to adverse effects, like heart failure or paranoia…
In behavioral health, particularly, there are concerns that providers examining patients for the first time in short, video-based appointments may not be able to detect important diagnostic cues like body language, given the range of symptoms certain conditions can present with. Some experts have also said they’re worried about whether such quick appointments let providers get in-depth enough to decide on the best course of treatment, including non-drug options.
Lets put on the Wiggles & pop a couple Ritalin Papa don’t blame mama or tell her how lazy shes been Its been prescribed by a doctor and the doctor said it ain’t no sin So lets put on the Wiggles & pop a couple Ritalin
According to Ginger, an organization that provides mental health services to companies, compared to January and February of this year, prescriptions for psychotropics, most of which were antidepressants, were up 86% for the months of March and April.
The stress of unemployment, social isolation and health concerns are all cited by Americans who say the lock down is having a serious impact on their mental health.
Pharmacy group Express Scripts also revealed that prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications were up 34.1% between mid-February and mid-March, while prescriptions for antidepressants increased 18.6%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.