prescription drugs http://nhpr.org en The Sidebar: Amid Opioid Crisis, Lawmakers Will Consider Banning A New Painkiller http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-amid-opioid-crisis-lawmakers-will-consider-banning-new-painkiller <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State lawmakers are wading into the debate over the controversial new painkiller </span>Zohydro<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>A Senate committee will take up legislation&nbsp;Tuesday that would impose an 18-month moratorium on the new drug, an especially potent formulation of hydrocodone.</p><p>Zohydro hit the market in March and is aimed at patients who need long-term, around-the-clock pain relief. It differs from other&nbsp;hydrocodone-based&nbsp;medications, such as Vicodin, because it isn’t combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:21:30 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46800 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Amid Opioid Crisis, Lawmakers Will Consider Banning A New Painkiller Monitoring Program Part Of State's Plan To Curb Prescription Drug Abuse http://nhpr.org/post/monitoring-program-part-states-plan-curb-prescription-drug-abuse <p><a href="http://www.nhpr.org/post/manchester-police-fight-rising-tide-drugs">Police in Manchester are dealing with the effects of a rising rate of prescription drug abuse</a>. But it's not the only part of New Hampshire seeing the problem.</p><p>To learn more about the state's approach to curbing abuse of prescription drugs, All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talks with <strong>Dr. Seddon Savage</strong>, who serves on the state's Call to Action prescription drug task force. That multidisciplinary group is developing New Hampshire's prescription drug monitoring program.</p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 21:43:04 +0000 Brady Carlson 33265 at http://nhpr.org Is Adderall The New Coffee? http://nhpr.org/post/adderall-new-coffee <p>Over the past decade, psycho-stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin have crossed over from treatment for people diagnosed with ADHD to black market cognitive enhancement.&nbsp; Studies show that as many as one in three students have been diagnosed with ADHD or used ADHD medications illicitly as a study aid. The demand has led to shortages of the meds in pharmacies across the country and questions about addiction and dependency. &nbsp;<strong>Will Oremus, </strong>staff writer for slate.com <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/superman/2013/03/adderall_ritalin_vyvanse_do_smart_pills_work_if_you_don_t_have_adhd.html" target="_blank">wrote about his own experience</a> with ADHD drugs, and the somewhat arbitrary nature of what is legal­--coffee and nicotine--and what is illicit.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:46:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 26046 at http://nhpr.org Is Adderall The New Coffee? Insurance Company Practice Of 'Fail First' Called Into Question http://nhpr.org/post/insurance-company-practice-fail-first-called-question <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I have </span>Crohn’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Disease, I have diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and I had a stroke. From all of this, I am on medication for depression as well.”</span></p><p>Chalk it up to bad genes: Amanda St-Amour struggles with a lot of health conditions.</p><p>She’s 30, lives in Merrimack, and pulls out a small laundry basket full of pill bottles.</p><p>“Basically, I take about 1, 2, 3…15 pills a morning.”</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:48:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 25724 at http://nhpr.org Insurance Company Practice Of 'Fail First' Called Into Question U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In N.H. Generic Drug Case http://nhpr.org/post/us-supreme-court-hears-arguments-nh-generic-drug-case <p>Today the <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/" target="_blank">US Supreme Court</a> heard arguments related to the <a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/mutual-pharmaceutical-co-v-bartlett/" target="_blank">case</a> of a New Hampshire woman seriously injured <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/supreme-court-to-hear-generic-drug-suit-next-week-88893.html" target="_blank">after taking a generic drug</a>.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:18:56 +0000 Amanda Loder 23983 at http://nhpr.org U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments In N.H. Generic Drug Case The Placebo Effect's Evil Twin: The Nocebo Effect http://nhpr.org/post/placebo-effects-evil-twin-nocebo-effect <p>If you break a 30-second drug&nbsp; commercial into parts, you’d hear about 7 seconds of why you <em>should</em> be taking a product, followed by a breathless lists of potential side effects and “ask your doctor today!” That list&nbsp;of potential side effects satisfy legal obligations, but doesn’t stop millions of people from making&nbsp;pharmaceuticals a multi-billion dollar business.&nbsp; Still, the mind is a powerful thing – and new research shows that informing patients about possible side-effects makes them more likely to experience them.&nbsp; It’s a phenomenon called “the <u>no</u> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 21:25:26 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13950 at http://nhpr.org The Placebo Effect's Evil Twin: The Nocebo Effect When Generation Rx Grows Up http://nhpr.org/post/when-generation-rx-grows-0 <p>Kaitlin Bell Barnett joins us to talk about her new book, "Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up"</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 13303 at http://nhpr.org When Generation Rx Grows Up Hospitals Go High Tech to Secure Drugs http://nhpr.org/post/hospitals-go-high-tech-secure-drugs <p>Denis Fortier is Director of Pharmacy at Cheshire Medical Center in Keene. When he started in the field 30 years ago, that job involved loading carts with Dixie cups full of prescriptions. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Todd Bookman 8757 at http://nhpr.org Hospitals Go High Tech to Secure Drugs Lynch Signs Prescription Drug Law http://nhpr.org/post/lynch-signs-prescription-drug-law <p>New Hampshire will join 48 other states in monitoring prescription drugs under a new law signed by Governor John Lynch. Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:52:31 +0000 Josh Rogers 6710 at http://nhpr.org Lynch Signs Prescription Drug Law When Generation Rx Grows Up http://nhpr.org/post/when-generation-rx-grows <p>Kaitlin Bell Barnett joins us to talk about her new book, "Dosed: The Medication Generation Grows Up"</p> Fri, 11 May 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 4561 at http://nhpr.org When Generation Rx Grows Up