Posts Tagged ‘health economics’

10,000 IU/day Vitamin D Needed for Therapeutic Benefit; Vitamin K Benefits

Vitamin D 5000 IU softgels

According to this article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pregnant women have an even greater need for Vitamin D supplements than non-pregnant women. http://www.ajcn.org/content/79/5/717.full If she were my wife, I would have her on two Vitamin D 5000 IU gel caps — one in the morning and one in the evening 12 hours later. Vitamin D works slowly.

Checklist of Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease Part 3 of 3

ginkgo biloba

Alzheimer’s patients need antioxidants to combat the oxidative stress that is destroying neurons in their brains. Of the many choices for antioxidants, I treated my mother with ginko biloba, selenium, and grape seed extract. Were she alive today, I would probably add acai and plant sterols to that list.

Comparing Prescription and Nonprescription Costs of Niacin

Can you imagine the gall it would take to mark up niacin from $7 to $80? Insane! But that was my guess.
And here’s the total, as given to Dr. Spreen by a WalMart druggist: $139.08. As Dr. Spreen pointed out, you could buy the $7 niacin and still have enough left over every month to pay the lease on a small car.

Generic Drug Costs and Delays

generic drug costs

The drug companies have been paying user fees for more than a decade. Drug companies that hold patents benefit financially when generic applications are delayed. The OGC needs more employees to expedite reviews of the expanding backlog of generic applications. But Congress was told that no additional employees are needed in the OGC.