| Jan 17, 2011
I have heard that Viagra is effective for altitude sickness. Is this true?
Viagra is best known as a treatment for erectile dysfunction. But there are reports that it has off-label uses in treating a number of other conditions, including pulmonary...
| Oct 5, 2012
You already knew that our healthcare system is screwy. But you probably didn't know that at least some pharmacists at CVS, the nation's second-largest drugstore chain, were refilling prescriptions and submitting claims to insurers without patients'...
| Oct 23, 2012
Ivor Davis received a call recently from the Target pharmacy near his home in Ventura. He was informed he could pick up a refill of medication for his wife, Sally, who is battling pancreatic cancer.
Davis, 74, told me he and his wife like to be...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 4:06 PM
When he died in 1974, George Abraham Simmons left a bulky legacy: boxes and boxes of drugstore pills, salves and potions — enough to fill multiple cargo containers.
What to do with it all? His family was stumped.
Pharmaceuticals and botanicals,...
| Jul 14, 2012
What do you get when you mate old-school strength devices like push-up bars, ab wheels and vertical knee-raise, dip and pull-up stations with balls? Some of the most innovative, effective home fitness devices to come along in recent years.
| Jun 11, 2013
Generic prescription drugs have to meet exacting standards for ingredients and quality, which you'd think would make them uniformly priced at pharmacies.
But that, of course, isn't the case. Generic drug prices can be all over the map, depending on...
| May 31, 2013
Consumers have been told by insurers again and again that if they want cheaper prices for prescription drugs, they need to order them in bulk from mail-order pharmacies. And typically, it works out that way.
Sometimes, however, the prices reveal how...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 5:25 PM
Wanda Ferrin fills her husband's prescription for the generic antibiotic doxycycline at a Target in Simi Valley. For years, the medication has cost her $6 a month.
In February, however, the price tripled to $18 for 30 pills. And this month, it...
| Mar 25, 2013
| 6:50 PM
Bob Toomajian worked for 16 years as Kaiser Permanente's drug purchasing manager for Southern California, giving him an insider's knowledge of how medications are priced before reaching consumers.
When it comes to patented name-brand drugs, he told me,...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 5:14 PM
Rita Corwin, 90, conscientiously paid her premiums for long-term care insurance for 21 years to make sure that if she needed help as she grew older and more fragile, she'd get it.
Yet now that she finds herself in a position to require such assistance,...
| Dec 7, 2012
The Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act makes it illegal to sell a prescription drug for any purpose other than what's listed on the label.
Nevertheless, a divided federal appeals court this week tossed out the conviction of a former drug sales rep who was...