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New drugs cost so much because the FDA is so inefficient

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Like much of the federal bureaucracy, the Food and Drug Administration is an exercise in inefficiency, raising the cost of health care and literally killing needy patients There isn’t much the massive (and growing) federal bureaucracy does cheaply or efficiently, and that, of course, includes the Food and Drug Administration, the agency in charge of approving new drugs and medical procedures. The inefficiency of this agency is legendary, and that is one of the main drivers behind escalating health care costs. Drugs with potentially life-saving qualities spend years – years – awaiting approval by the FDA, and while we support efforts to ensure that any ...

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Everyone Should Start Smoking Pot Now that It’s Legal

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Since It’s Legal Now Everyone Should Start Smoking Pot Now that it looks like it’s going to be legal everywhere, shouldn’t we just all start smoking pot? I’m serious. Alcohol is legal, so I have a beer every now and then and I’ve been thinking about throwing in a little smoke. I know that my views don’t match those of this sites owners but I applaud them for letting me at least make the argument. Gathering valuable information about marijuana can be hard especially if you try to get that knowledge from friends and family members. Each of them will ...

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Can We Please Just Get Over the Whole Birth Control Thing?

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On Tuesday, the FDA approved the over the counter sale of Plan B One-Step, a popular emergency contraceptive, for sale to minors as young as 15, lowering the minimum age required to purchase the pill without a prescription from 17. On Wednesday, the public opinion of the decision was mixed- some people saw it as a win for women’s rights, others saw it as a victory for the depraved and  the morally bankrupt who just want kids to have sex and not worry about the consequences of it. Later Wednesday evening, the Obama Administration publicly announced that they plan to ...

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Respiratory Infections: Colds vs. Flus

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by Joe Alton, M.D. aka Dr. Bones Even with today’s modern medical technology, most of us can’t avoid the occasional  respiratory infection.  Without strict adherence to sanitary protocol, it would be very easy in a collapse situation for your entire community to come down with colds, sinusitis, influenza or even pneumonia.  Common colds may be caused by any of 200 different viruses, but the most likely culprit is a type of Rhinovirus (no, you can’t catch it from Rhinos).  Influenza comes from viruses in the Influenza A, B, and C categories. The societal risk of influenza is significant, mostly from Influenza A ...

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