Posts Tagged ‘medical news’

A vaginal gel against AIDS

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Researchers at Tulane University (USA) led by Ronald Veazey have used a protein substance (T-1249) on monkeys in order to assess the impact on a vaginal infection.
This protection would protect the three variations of AIDS.

The mechanism appears to be the inhibition of receiving site of viruses from the surface of immune cells. This receptor is common with many variations of the virus.

According to the production cost of the freeze, it could be an effective method of protection against HIV infection of women during sex.

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The scam of self-medication

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Pigeons, that is how you could call the targets of this lucrative market.

Our Minister of Health, Roselyne Bachelot has vowed in 2007 to promote self-medication. This is for patients to get directly to the pharmacy of drugs to treat common disorders and benign, without a doctor.

While the idea may seem consistent with some sides (avoid the phrase “mandatory” for doctors to obtain medications), the consequences and context of its implementation are not.

Solid die refunds: Numerous drugs are no longer supported, or less taken over the past 2 years. Officially, it’s for “medical service rendered inadequate”, and to alleviate the famous hole in Social Security. In a mercantile logic, this “insufficient medical service rendered” is translated automatically by a significant increase in the price for the patient. The prices of medicines “repaid” as determined and negotiated by the government and pharmaceutical companies. These prices become “free” once they are delisted.

Freedom has a price we are told … and it is also true for prescription drugs. “Today in France” in a survey published in late December that the finding. One pharmacy to another, there is the doubling of price for example for the Nurofen (against migraine) € 1.48 in the Paris region, to 2.90 € in Montpellier, or the tablets Rennie ( cons stomach pains) of 4.90 € in the Paris region to 9.55 € in Strasbourg.

The causes? An aggressive marketing campaign conducted smoothly. It is “Le Parisien” that explains, information from a frame (anonymized of course) high up in a pharmaceutical, “laboratories prefer to send their medical representatives to discuss prices directly with pharmacists. For, thanks to their technical sales, he embobinent! “.

We learn that the price increase is organized in areas less competitive. Pharmacies are classified and codified. The pharmacies listed as “A” are those in city centers, the more competitive, those of the suburbs are classified “B”, the campaigns for “C”. The price increases with the letter of the alphabet.

Well, good news will still, the Parisian informs us that France is trying to sell part of the 94 million vaccinations (but nobody wants it, character “moderate” this flu is now proven).

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