The claims about how well the Veterans Administration negotiates for lower drug
prices don't hold up either, when one looks at the complete picture.
According to the Drug
Trend Report, plans that implement an exclusive pharmacy network save on average 10% more than those that do not.
Data come from research conducted as part of a project to develop technical assistance materials (Ellickson, Watkins, Vaiana, & Hiromoto, 2005) for Project ALERT, a drug
education and prevention curriculum that has been nationally recognized as an exemplary school-based drug
education program (BEST Foundation for a Drug
Free Tomorrow, 2005).
As vice president of Drug
Testing Services at Aurico Reports, Wayne Hovland runs into the same problem every time his drug
screening company contacts institutions of higher education.
In the third global drug
resistance surveillance report, the median prevalence of multidrug resistance was 7.
Another reason is that abusers may mistakenly believe that prescription drugs
, because they come from a pharmacy and not a drug
dealer, are safer to take, even at high doses or without a prescription.
Condition branding was soon being used by other drug
makers to sell everything from high-cholesterol medications to Viagra.
Summer *, 17, describes her experience with pills: "My parents got divorced when I was 3 because of my mom's drug
and alcohol use.
Also included in Tier A of the EMEA protocol is the long-term testing of fish, Daphnia (water fleas), and algae to assess the predicted "no effect" concentration (PNEC) of the new drug
for each of these species.
Six months ago, a cholesterol-lowering drug
called Mevacor was set to be reclassified as an over-the-counter medicine, a move that would have made the drug
physically and financially available to people like Alston.
Ritonavir has a potent effect on the cytochrome p450 3A4 enzymes in the liver such that when it is combined with another protease inhibitor (or any drug
that is metabolized or affected by this enzyme), drug
levels of the other drug
are dramatically increased and the resultant lowered metabolism causes the other drug
to stay in the body for a longer period.
The inexpensive drug
nevirapine can rapidly cut the concentration of active HIV particles in the mother and, if given promptly to the newborn, may prevent any virus that slips in from taking hold.