“Americans abroad are only exempt if they are outside the U.S. for 330 days per year or if they become residents of US territories, like Puerto Rico.”
“A new study has found that the protective shield fluoride forms on teeth is up to 100 times thinner than previously believed. This raises questions about how this renowned cavity-fighter really works…”
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“The business model of healthcare is about to change dramatically, and Big Pharma needs to do something to maintain their profits. Unfortunately, they seem to have chosen the path of regulating the competition out of existence, rather than competing and innovating.”
“Besides higher #food prices, however, this form of #government #bureaucrats picking winners and losers in the #energy market is having another unexpected consequence—boosting genetically modified food. #Syngenta, a Swiss-based firm, recently got the go-ahead for sales of its #geneticallymodified corn seeds…”
‘Writing in the August issue of the journal Cancer Prevention Research, investigators from Rhode Island’s Brown University, along with researchers at Boston University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Minnesota reported that lifetime marijuana use is associated with a “significantly reduced risk” of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma.’
They’ve become household names: Celebrex, Lipotor, Pristiq, Toviaz. You’ve probably seen the ads on television, and strained to hear long and frightening lists of warnings about side effects.
Drugmakers shell out billions of dollars each year to target consumers with those ads ($4.3 billion in 2009) and even more for promotions aimed at doctors ($6.6 billion in 2009), according to IMS Health, an industry group that monitors drugs sales and marketing.
The trouble is that the ads work. Consumer Reports’ research shows about one out of every five people who take a prescription medication said they’ve asked their doctor to prescribe a drug they’ve seen advertised; of those, 59 percent said the doctors complied, according to a survey in May 2010 by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. But what the ads won’t tell you is that those newer drugs are often no safer or more effective than older medications that cost a fraction of the price.
That’s where Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs comes in. CR doesn’t test drugs the way it tests cars or refrigerators; it uses research from experts at the Drug Effectiveness Review Project, based at Oregon Health & Science University. The CR Best Buy picks could save you hundreds to thousands of dollars a year.
Most of the CR Best Buy picks are generics. That might give you pause. But to get approval from the Food and Drug Administration, a generic-drug maker must prove that its product contains the identical active ingredient as its brand-name counterpart and that the drug is “bioequivalent,” meaning that as much active ingredient enters and leaves the bloodstream as fast or as slowly. Generics that meet those criteria should have the same therapeutic effect as brand-name drugs.
Many consumers have yet to take advantage of the low prices for prescription drugs offered by many retailers.
For example, some American consumers still pay an average of $50 a month for the generic drug pravastatin to lower cholesterol. But you can buy a 30-day supply for $4 at Target or Walmart and pay even less per dose for a 90-day supply.
CR Best Buy picks include:
► For High Cholesterol. Not all cholesterol-lowering statins are the same. Inexpensive generics are the best option unless you have had a heart attack or have another heart problem. CR Best Buys:
• Generic lovastatin or pravastatin. To lower LDL cholesterol by less than 30 percent.
• Generic simvastatin. To lower LDL cholesterol by 30 percent or more for those who have heart disease or diabetes, or for those whose LDL is not highly elevated but who have had a heart attack or have acute coronary syndrome.
• Atorvastatin (Lipitor). For those who’ve had a heart attack or have acute coronary syndrome and highly elevated LDL.
► Diabetes. Older drugs work just as well as newer drugs and are safer in some cases. They could also save you a lot of money. CR Best Buys:
• Glipizide and Glipizide Sustained Release
► Heartburn. Make sure you really need a prescription medication; many people don’t. If you do, pick the least expensive option because no one drug is clearly better than another. CR Best Buys:
• Generic omeprazole
• Prevacid 24HR
• Prilosec OTC
► Depression. Antidepressants can help some people, but they aren’t always necessary. CR Best Buys:
• Generic bupropion
• Generic citalopram
• Generic fluoxetine
• Generic paroxetine
• Generic sertraline
► Pain. For moderate pain, generic drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen are your best bets. CR Best Buys:
► Allergies. Newer antihistamines are less likely to cause drowsiness, but they cost more than older drugs. Inexpensive generics are the best option. CR Best Buys:
• Generic loratadine
• Alavert (loratadine)
Acids in wine effective at killing plaque, sore throat germs.
“Drinking wine can maintain heart health, prevent cancer and even settle a mean case of diarrhea. Research now shows it’s also good for your teeth and throat.
According to a new study, a cocktail of compounds found in both red and white wine fights germs that can cause dental plaque as well as sore throats…”
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