Dark Side of Prescription Drugs

An Invisible Epidemic
A great deal has been written about alcoholism and drug addiction over the last two decades. However, information regarding prescription drug abuse and addiction only seems to surface when someone famous has a problem and needs treatment or dies.

Historically, prescription drug addiction has been the most underreported drug abuse problem in the nation( National Institute of Drug Abuse). It is also the least understood. Addiction to and withdrawal from prescription drugs can be more dangerous than other substances because of the insidious nature of these drugs.

Two types of the most commonly abused drugs are opioids and benzodiazepines. Opioids are generally used to control pain. Benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers, are used to manage anxiety. These drugs are prescribed for short-term use such as acute pain and anxiety that is in reaction to a specific event. They may also be prescribed for chronic pain or generalized anxiety.

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Discount Prescription Drug Plans

Major retail chain pharmacies are participating in these discount medication plans. The list includes: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Ekert and Walgreens. Make sure you double check that these stores are working with these discount benefits plans. Any individual with limited coverage or without any prescription drug coverage can benefit from a discount prescription benefit plan. Instead of paying full price for prescription drugs, members can save when they purchase their prescriptions.

People, who have insurance coverage, may still find these discount plans very useful as it can discount their prescription drugs not covered by their health plan. Members just show their card at a participating pharmacy and receive substantial discounts on their prescription drugs. Usually twenty-five percent on most brand names and up to fifty percent on most generics, it is that easy.

Drug costs are continuing to rise and are one of the fastest growing health care expenditures. It is …

Compounding Pharmacy

Today, customizing a medication, creating accommodating methods of drug dosages and providing other methods of dispensing drugs, are fundamental underpinnings of the role of compounding pharmacies. The goal is to provide a drug that fits the unique needs of a patient. Physicians may prescribe compounded medication for a patient with a unique health need that can include:

  • Used in the Veterinary profession for a change in the method of administration, a change in dosage, and to make it more pleasant tasting for the animal.
  • Patients having the need of medicines that require a certain dosage not available in regular mass produced forms. An example would be a small dosage strength such as an infant who requires a tiny dose of a particular medication.
  • Patients undergoing bioidentical hormone replacement therapy It is used as an alternative to synthetics for patients suffering from menopausal symptoms
  • Patients requiring allergen-free medications
  • Children who require


Resveratol helps lower cholesterol. It is also said to be more powerful than Vitamin E in protecting against LDL oxidation that has been linked to cardiovascular disease. It may slow tumor growth by blocking the action of Cox-2 an enzyme that is believed to have a part in the development of colon cancer.

Resveratol is found in stems, leaves, and the skin of grapes. It is also present in purple grape juice, red or purple grapes, and peanuts. Research has shown that non-alcoholic red wine works just as well as its counterpart. The fermenting process in red wine raises the level of resveratol in red wine. Red wine has as much as 3 times as much as grape juice.

There were no reports on toxicity found. Neither were there reports on side effects. No drug interactions were noted. Also no information on precautions was noted. There is no RDA (recommended …

Muscletech Gakic

GAKIC is a pre-workout supplement that is designed to help your body remove toxins that are released when you fatigue your muscles. Research has shown that two of these toxins, ammonia and lactic acid, can be reduced by taking Gakic prior to working out. The theory is that when you reduce these fatigue toxins, you will allow yourself to lift more weight and for longer periods before you actually fatigue the muscle. Clearly, if you can lift more weight, your muscles will grow bigger, faster.

The interesting part about the Muscletech research on Gakic is that there is a lot of data to support their claims (something you don’t get much in the bodybuilding supplement industry) that have been published in some pretty decent publications.

Gakic works pretty quickly. You can get it in powder or pill formula and you take it about 30 minutes before you workout. It is

Vitamin Smoothies

  • Protein Smoothies Protein is known as the building block for muscles and insufficient amounts of protein will make it difficult to obtain muscle mass and grow larger muscles. Protein supplements are available in powder forms and can easily be added to smoothies in order to build your muscles faster. A large container of protein will cost about $30.00. Who Drinks Them? Protein smoothies are great for individuals looking to build larger muscles in a short amount of time. Protein is also used for individuals looking to lose weight while maintaining strong and healthy muscles. Body-builders and weight lifters often use protein supplements.
  • Energy Drinks Energy drinks include stimulants, vitamins and minerals such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng and creatine. The caffeine and stimulants are the ingredients which give you the energy boost you desire. The amount of caffeine in one energy drink is usually equal to the amount used to

Vitamins for Smokers

Essentially, smokers need antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), and vitamin E. It was once believed that beta-carotene was an attribute for non-smokers, but recent clinical studies have found that beta-carotene can actually be harmful to smokers’ health. Beta-carotene can be found in most multi-vitamins and an excess of beta-carotene is risky for good nutritional health. If you are a smoker and going to take a multi-vitamin, be sure it doesn’t list beta-carotene as one of the ingredients.

Too many smokers have inadequate intakes of antioxidants. Smokers are reported to consume lower quantities of antioxidant nutrients than nonsmokers. Antioxidant nutrients have protective roles with regard to cancer, heart disease, cataract formation, cognitive (mind) dysfunction, and other diseases. Researches believe there is a balance between antioxidant protectors and components that promote oxidation in the body. This balance seems to be related to health or disease. …

Pharmacy Drug Costs

So why work so hard to manage drug costs? Why not just use anything that comes to market or put everything on your formulary? The most important reason is patient safety. How can the pharmacists, nurses, doctors, and therapists keep track of EVERYTHING for every drug? It is just not feasible to track the proper dosage, dosage adjustments, side effects, administration technique, etc, for every drug. When the formulary has one or two drugs per class, there is less opportunity for error.

Another argument about drug cost management boils down to this: do you believe that there are unlimited or limited resources available for healthcare? At some point, there are limitations on resources. As such, the pharmacy needs to be the best stewards of drug costs that it can be. Besides, in practice, who else is going to do it? The physician? The nurse? The truth is that managing the …

Coral Calcium

Our bodies are certainly beautiful machines. Taking nutrients from nature and producing energy, speed, and power. If our bodies are well-honed machines, then the minerals found in nature are the key elements in the fuel that drives those humming engines. Zinc. Cooper. Magnesium. And, perhaps above all, Calcium. These minerals, pulled out of the ground and sea in the food that sustains us, form the very foundation of health and well-being.

Unfortunately, over the past century our farm lands and soils have been depleted of many of these life-sustaining minerals. As a result, our foods and ultimately our bodies have become mineral deficient. I remember reading about how back as early as the 1930s the US government began warning Americans to start supplementing their diets with minerals because the US farmlands had become severely mineral-deficient due to over-farming. These deficiencies threaten to upset our health in innumerable ways. Indeed, there …

Healthcare Marketing Secrets

Research and Define Your Ideal Customers

When you try to reach a particular audience, your success depends on how deeply you can guide them. Focusing on a certain segment of the market to generate and attract potential customers will not only help you polish your marketing, but also ensure that the customer association you get from your sales and marketing operations will have a better success rate.

How to Reach Your Target Audience in the Healthcare Industry?

If you are looking to improve your health care marketing, you may have realized that not all messages will be adapted to all audiences. Partnering with a marketing professional with health care experience is always a smart strategy. Before doing anything else, you need to consider your audience:

  • For whom are you creating this report?
  • What do they want to know?
  • What will they do with the information?

For any organization and practice …