Tuesday, August 19, 2003

From NBCi5-TV (TX):
Local Business Offers Half-Price Prescriptions
Some North Texas businesses that offer half-price prescriptions are becoming popular with North Texans who don't have prescription drug coverage.

From the Louisville (KY) Business Journal:
Louisville firm advises seniors on pharmacy options
Precision Healthcare Delivery, a Louisville health care consulting and management firm, now is offering a program designed to help Medicare recipients save money on prescription dug costs.

The program, called PharmAssist, provides members a consultation with a registered pharmacist, who helps individuals determine "the most cost-effective means to get their prescriptions filled," according to a news release. The pharmacist will look at various programs offered by drug companies and enroll patients in eligible programs. The pharmacist also will review Canadian drugs and prices to find lower-cost alternatives.

From the Canadian Press:
Over-the-counter pain relievers might help prevent Parkinson's disease: study
Regular use of over-the-counter pain relievers might help delay or prevent Parkinson's disease, the neurological disorder that affects hundreds of thousand of North Americans, research suggests.

The risk of developing the disease was 45 per cent lower in people who used drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen at least twice weekly than it was in nonusers, according to a review of two large studies.

From the National Post:
McLellan, pharmacists to discuss over-the-counter marijuana sales
Anne McLellan, the federal Health Minister, will hold preliminary discussions with the Canadian Pharmacists Association next month to determine whether its members can distribute medical marijuana instead of doctors.

Answering doctors' questions at the Canadian Medical Association's annual meeting yesterday, Ms. McLellan said the pharmacists' group has "expressed some interest" in providing the dried marijuana to individuals authorized to use it for medical purposes.

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