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3:08pm

Fri July 27, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Cost Of Treatment Still A Challenge For HIV Patients In U.S.

Originally published on Sat July 28, 2012 9:08 am

Ruben Bermudez stands in front of a sign that says in Spanish, "To love yourself is to protect yourself." He has struggled to remain eligible for AIDS drug assistance programs since he went on treatment four years ago.
Jessica Camille Aguirre NPR

When Ruben Bermudez, 31, found out that he had HIV more than a decade ago, he didn't want to take his medicine. He went on treatment for a few weeks, but said the intensive pill regimen made him feel dizzy.

He stopped treatment and tried to ignore the diagnosis, moving to Florida from Washington in pursuit of sunshine. In 2008, he learned that one of his best friends died of a brain tumor that couldn't be treated because his immune system has been debilitated by AIDS. Bermudez realized that his only chance at a relatively healthy life would depend on taking pills daily.

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2:45am

Thu July 26, 2012
Planet Money

Meet The Drug Dealer Who Helps Addicts Quit

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 5:56 am

Suboxone is used in the treatment of opiate dependence.
Drugs.com

A prescription drug called Suboxone helps wean people off of heroin and pain pills, but addicts have a hard time getting prescriptions. So they're turning to the black market.

An Albuquerque man who goes by the name Mystery Man has stepped in to fill the void. He says he illegally sells Suboxone every day.

To get Suboxone, Mystery Man has to find a patient with a Suboxone prescription, and give that person the $50 co-pay to fill it. He gets that money by selling, among other things, crack and guns.

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1:58pm

Wed July 25, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

As Pain Pills Change, Abusers Move To New Drugs

Originally published on Wed July 25, 2012 5:29 pm

Opana is the latest painkiller that's become popular with drug abusers.
Thomas Walker Flickr

To the uninitiated, Austin, Ind., doesn't look like a town under siege.

In the maze of back roads off the city's main drag, the houses are close together. Some look rundown; others are well-kept.

For Jeremy Stevens, these are his former drug haunts. Steven says many of the homes are inhabited by people who abuse and deal prescription painkillers.

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7:27am

Mon July 23, 2012
Health

Lipitor Prices In Colorado All Over The Map

Some medical professionals predicted the cost of Lipitor would plummet to as little as $5 a month when the patent expired on the drug last November. That hasn't happened.
Robert D. Tonsing Colorado Public News

More than seven months after the patent expired on the expensive cholesterol-reducing drug Lipitor, many pharmacies have not cut their prices as anticipated.

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7:54am

Sun July 15, 2012
Health

Surfing And Cycling With Stage 4 Lung Cancer

Two years ago, Coloradan Andy Bonnett had Stage 4 lung cancer. Now tumor-free, he recently took up surfing.
Dan Armstrong

Physicians at the University of Colorado Hospital are finding startling success with medications that are made to match the genes of a particular lung cancer. The new strategy means the drugs work only on certain patients – but they can work really well.

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