This is the kind of health care news that scares me. Another new drug has just been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but it comes with serious questions about both its safety and its efficacy.
Addyi (flibanserin)—aka “female Viagra” because it will be used to treat low sex drive in women—will be available by prescription later this year, and the drug company no doubt hopes it will … read on
High drugs costs are one of the leading causes of higher health care costs overall. Not only are more people taking prescription drugs than ever before, the drugs are getting more and more expensive.
That’s why it’s so infuriating to read about drug companies using “devious” tactics to make sure their profitable blockbuster drugs can evade competition from the less expensive generics (although even many generic drugs are skyrocketing in … read on
An SPF rating is an estimate of how effectively a sunscreen product reduces the time it takes your skin to burn. For example, if it normally takes about 10 minutes in the sun for you to burn, a product with an SPF of 15 extends that time to burn to 150 minutes. SPF 30? Approximately 300 minutes.
A group of researchers out of the University of Pittsburgh did an interesting study. They looked at over 400 magazine and TV ads for cancer treatment centers to see how marketers tried to attract patients.
What did they find?
Clinical advertisements by cancer centers frequently promote cancer therapy with emotional appeals that evoke hope and fear while rarely providing information about risks, benefits, costs, or insurance availability.
A group of family members whose charities claimed to be raising millions of dollars for cancer victims bilked donors to the tune of $187 million over five years, spending some of that money on fancy cars and trips for themselves and their friends, according to a civil suit.