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How Much Are You Spending at the Pharmacy?
by West Conner
Prescription medication is vital to the practice of medicine. How often have you gone to the doctor for a problem and not walked out with a prescription? I can say with confidence, probably not too often.
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  • What To Do If You Forget Your Prescription Medication
    by West Conner
    You have planned for this trip for weeks now. Everything is packed, the dog has been taken care of, and your neighbor will get your mail. You have just boarded the airplane to venture out on your long awaited vacation. Suddenly you realize, “I left my medicine at home!”
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  • How Your Doctor Decides Which Medication is Right
    by West Conner
    You go to your doctor’s office for a routine check-up. Everything is fine but your cholesterol is a little high. The doctor wants to put you on medication because lowering your cholesterol will significantly reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Sounds good until you get to the pharmacy and realize this will cost you a hundred dollars a month, for life. Why would my doctor prescribe a medication for me that is going to cost $1,200 a year? Why didn’t he choose something a little cheaper? Why didn’t he tell me about eating better and exercising?
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  • Oops, sorry about that
    by West Conner
    A new study shows that doctors, on average, interrupt a patient in the first 18 seconds to give their diagnosis. Another study shows that 15% to 20% of the time, the initial diagnosis is wrong. The doctor’s office of today is more of a factory; “treat ‘em and street ‘em” is the mantra. Doctors, and pharmacists, tend to stick with the first diagnosis and are hesitant to admit that they were wrong.
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  • Wal-mart $4 Generic Plan, Exposed?
    by West Conner
    Most of the talk about Wal-mart\'s big $4 generic plan has died down. This got me thinking, why would Wal-mart do this? Why did they launch this program when they did? Is this really a good deal?
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  • Statins and Liver Failure
    by West Conner
    Many people are concerned about possible liver failure associated with taking cholesterol lowering medications called statins. Randomized controlled trials have shown no difference between placebo (sugar pill) and statin groups in the incidence of raised ALT levels (liver enzymes).
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