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  •  Sad but some people are overmedicated (0+ / 1-)
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    and may be better off. The case in the video was a situation of someone with an absolute necessity for a medication who decided to stop which almost killed him but some people can afford to stop unnecessary medications. They'll save money and probably feel better too.
    •  That a really callous attitude to have. (5+ / 0-)

      Some of us are going broke because of our medical conditions!

      This is my sig line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

      by djtyg on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 07:51:25 AM PST

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      •  Calm down! (0+ / 0-)
        I said some people are overmedicated. There are myriad articles and studies that confirm the overmedication of many individuals. Don't lecture me or judge me about being callous. There are cases were certain are absolutely necessary but I've seen people, especially in Pain management, go overboard. Multiple doctors, multiple prescriptions and poor communication just results in people in taking too much and/or conflicting medications.
        •  Doctor DO overprescribe (3+ / 0-)
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          Maudlin, Spathiphyllum, AJ in Camden

          One of my in-laws is an ER Dr. She has to find out what meds people are on to know what is/isn't safe to be given. It's horrifing how many drugs people take that can work against each other. Many, many times the patient has more than one doctor, and doesn't tell each of them what all the others have prescribed. The doctor should ask and the patient needs to volunteer that info. My s-i-l has sat down with patients more than once and made lists, then copied them and faxed them to all the doctors so that everyone would have the same information.

          It's amazing to me that the patients don't think to volunteer that info. It's amazing to her that the doctors don't ask. I make my hubby carry a list in his wallet, so that if he's ever taken to an ER, at least it'll be handy - I can't pronounce the two  daily meds he takes.

    •  if you had a serious health condition (4+ / 0-)

      you wouldn't say that.

      Hope finds a voice... OBAMA

      by marjo on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 07:58:03 AM PST

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    •  got any examples? (3+ / 0-)
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      At the current cost of meds, the overmedicated may be the ones seeking controlled substances and most of them are seeking script so they can sell them.

      Sad story for an older gentleman locally who was leaving the drugstore with his monthly lorcet prescription when he was accosted by a guy who asked how much for 1/4 of your pills?

      He hesitated for a minute then decided that $100 would really help at this point and sold an undercover cop.
      The judge was sympathetic but there is still a 2 year sentence he has to serve.

      Should be an allegory for our time there.    

    •  Thanks for piping in Phil Gramm! n/t (3+ / 0-)
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      djtyg, tobendaro, Blicero

      Wake me if he actually repeals DOMA, DADT or passes ENDA.

      by Scott Wooledge on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 08:18:18 AM PST

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    •  Really? (1+ / 0-)
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      You think that people who can barely afford their medications are the over-medicated ones?  C'mon now.

    •  A pharmacist is an essential (0+ / 0-)

      and often-overlooked player on the medical care team and can provide prescription oversight for patients who see multiple doctors.

      I am fortunate to have an independent, "owner-operator" pharmacy where I fill prescriptions for my parents.  The pharmacists there have kept a close eye on the meds both my parents take and have been helpful on many occasions when I've had questions about side effects and drug interaction.  They take time with all their customers to make sure instructions are clear--we love these women dearly.    

      "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." John Wooden

      by CKendall on Tue Dec 30, 2008 at 12:41:36 PM PST

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