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Heath Ledger: Rx for a tragic death by RaisingTeens Posted Thu 24 Jul 2008 12:00am Jul 24, 2008 by Steve Pasierb | Categories , , , , With the wild success of the new box-office smash film Dark Knight, people have been asking me again about the untimely death of Heath Ledger.  While I’d rather talk about his greatness as an Oscar-nominated (and potential Oscar-winning) actor, I know as the ... Read on »
Heath Ledger Dies of Accidental Rx OD by Ulysee W. Patient Expert Posted Tue 28 Oct 2008 9:56pm No surprises, here, but Heath Ledger’s death was ruled an accidental overdue. The medical examiner noted that Ledger’s system contained: OxyContin, Valium, Xanax and some sleeping pills. According to media reports, it seems the Ledger had seen different doctors in both the U.S. and Europe to obtain all of the various prescriptions. ... Read on »
Hard Knocks, Talwin, Tapering: Q and A from SuboxForum.com by SuboxDoc Patient ExpertHealth MavenFacebook Posted Tue 02 Jun 2009 4:41pm 1 Comment A new feature on SuboxForum.com is the ‘Q and A,’ where I select a question to answer in detail.  I will post my answer here as well.  I won’t post the original question, but it is embedded in my response so I think everyone will figure it out! There are really a number of questions in your post, so I will do my usual thing and answer them as ... Read on »
Prescription Opioid-related Deaths Increased 114 Percent from 2001 to 2005 by Jason Schwartz, LMSW Healthy Living ProfessionalHealth Maven Posted Wed 20 May 2009 10:36pm From the ONDCP: Prescription Opioid-related Deaths Increased 114 Percent from 2001 to 2005, Treatment Admissions Up 74 Percent in Similar Period; Young Adults Hardest Hit (Washington, D.C.)— Today, Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, released a report on the diversion and abuse of prescription drugs at the Nat ... Read on »
Ailing Economy Easing Nursing Shortage? by Donna C. Registered Nurse Posted Sat 29 Nov 2008 12:24pm 1 Comment There was an interesting story in the May 7 NY Times about how the sluggish economy and the rising cost of living is easing the nursing shortage. To summarize the main points, many actively working nurses are picking up extra shifts, nurses who have been out of the workforce are looking to return, and older nurses are delaying retirement - all to ... Read on »
An Addict’s Story by SuboxDoc Patient ExpertHealth MavenFacebook Posted Sun 19 Aug 2012 8:25pm I received the following email last week.  I considered trimming it down, but the story is well-written and describes a history that is similar to that of many of my patients.  As usual, I will write a follow-up post in a week or so. Dear Dr. J, I have read many of your posts over the past few years. Like many, I started out disagr ... Read on »
Holiday Brunch, Lunch or Dinner: Fix It and Forget It! by denise b. Healthy Living Professional Posted Sat 20 Dec 2008 5:38pm How did you do this week on maintaining your weight? Writing down what I eat over the past week has been a challenge for me but I have still been eating smaller portions and being more aware of what I am putting in my mouth. This week for many of us, the holiday intensity is kicked up a notch. The more tha ... Read on »
States Tackle Biosimilar Substitution by HealthReformWatch.com Posted Wed 19 Mar 2014 12:00am While the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission contemplate the wide-ranging implications of recent legislation creating an abbreviated approval process for biologic products, states are busy tackling issues of pharmac ... Read on »
Digitek, as you may or may not r ... by Medical Quack Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Mon 10 Nov 2008 4:17pm Digitek, as you may or may not remember was found to contain twice the amount of active ingredient in the tablets earlier this year.  The list is below as published by the FDA.    The recall is being conducted for retailers to return their products currently.  It sounds like we are having issues here as well as those in other countries with qua ... Read on »
Got Chronic Pain & Can’t Get Pain Meds? Here’s What You Need to Know by Bob Aronson Patient Expert Posted Tue 10 Dec 2013 1:20am By Bob Aronson Chronic pain is of major interest to me because I suffer from it and have been denied treatment as well.  I have an established record as a sufferer and one who has tried a wide range of alternatives to the “controlled substances” the medical profession is so reluctant to prescribe.  I unders ... Read on »