Boston Globe:
2 chains urge OK for drug imports
CVS, Walgreens add to growing support

The nation's two largest chain drugstores, CVS and Walgreens, launched a challenge to the nation's drug manufacturers yesterday by calling on the Bush administration to develop a legal, safe channel for Americans to buy imported drugs.

CVS Corp.'s Tom Ryan, chairman and chief executive of the Rhode Island company, led the way ...

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AMNews:
Doctors prefer prescribing newer blood pressure drugs

Physicians are more likely to prescribe newer anti-hypertensives than their less expensive predecessors recommended by the Joint National Commission on High Blood Pressure Treatment, according to a study published in the December Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Researchers at the University of Michigan surveyed 1,700 primary care physicians, finding that most believed diuretics were less effective and that beta-blockers had ...

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This past Sunday, 60 Minutes did a piece on the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria. One of the major contributing factors is the overprescription of antibiotics for non-bacterial infections:

While we can't stop the bacteria from trying to outwit antibiotics, health officials say a dramatic cut in their use could help reverse the tide. That means doctors will have to stop writing, and patients will have to stop demanding, ...

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