Quote of the Week

“It’s supposed to be a secret, but I’ll tell you anyway. We doctors do nothing. We only help and encourage the doctor within.” Albert Schweitzer, M.D. Tweet0

Here You Go, Honey

A government study has revealed that more than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain the drugs from friends or relatives.  And here is the amazing part – usually it is given to them for free and with permission!   The study also showed that about 2 percent of the U.S. population age 12 and…

Cholesterolmania

The CDC  now states that only 13 percent of U.S. adults have high total cholesterol.  Hooray!  Unfortunately,  two-thirds of adults in the USA are overweight.  Wait, what? The truth is that so many Americans take cholesterol-lowering drugs that no one thinks it is important to eat right or exercise.    On the flip side, Big Pharma is…

Primary Care and Pain

Here is an article that basically summarizes a recent lecture done in Palm Springs, California about chronic pain.   Usually I blow by these things when I get the journal in the mail but a few things struck me about the piece.   I always find it laughable when pain specialists complain about their referrals.…

PBMs Combining

Express Scripts will pay $29.1 billion for Medco Health Solution and the merged company will handle pharmacy benefits for about 155 million people and hold an estimated 40% of the PBM (pharmacy benefit managers) market.  Oh, man, life is going to get rougher.  These pains-in-the-asses will make it even harder to prescribe a medication that…

The Buffett Medical Rule

  You may have heard that Warren Buffett was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer.   You may have heard that he has elected to get radiation treatment.   I don’t know if Warren has his own insurance or is using Medicare but someone is paying for it.  What is interesting is that the United States…

The Mandate Makes the IRS Stronger

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has warned that the IRS could need up to $10 billion to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act over  the next decade.  Wow.  The government has already started to divert this money now so that the IRS can verify that everyone has acceptable health care coverage and then penalizing those…

Quote of the Week

“Throw away all ambition beyond that of doing the day’s work well. The travelers on the road to success live in the present, heedless of taking thought for the morrow. Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your wildest ambition.” Sir William…