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Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain

Drug epidemic ensnares 25-year-old pill for nerve pain

Health
The story line sounds familiar: a popular pain drug becomes a new way to get high as prescribing by doctors soars. But the latest drug raising red flags is not part of the opioid family at the center of the nation's drug epidemic. It's a 25-year-old generic pill long seen as a low risk way to treat seizures, nerve pain and other ailments. The drug, called gabapentin, is one of the most prescribed medications in the U.S., ranking ninth over the last year, according to prescription tracker GoodRx. Researchers attribute the recent surge to tighter restrictions on opioid painkillers, which have left doctors searching for alternatives for their patients. Those same forces are changing the drugs that Americans abuse, according to experts. "We're basically squeezing people into other drugs becau...
Pain at the pump: Gas prices hit three-year high and are expected to keep rising

Pain at the pump: Gas prices hit three-year high and are expected to keep rising

Finance
Buckle up, America. Gas prices have a hit a level not seen in three years and are expected to continue their upward trajectory.The national average for a gallon of gas reached $ 2.82 this week, a level not seen since summer 2015, according to online gas station database GasBuddy.com.Californians are paying the most: $ 3.61 per gallon. By contrast, Oklahoma has the lowest state average, at about $ 2.50.While gas prices typically head higher every spring due to increased driving demand, the current average is 48 cents more per gallon — an increase of about 20.5 percent — than the $ 2.34 consumers paid a year ago before prices inched downward. For most of summer 2017, the average price hovered around $ 2.30 or trended lower.The summer months will likely bring even higher prices."While it won'
Corporate banks in a world of pain

Corporate banks in a world of pain

Finance
By R Balachandran Avid readers of history will recall Emile Zola’s open letter to the President of France titled Jáccuse (“I accuse” in French) in the Dreyfus affair, accusing members of the army, judiciary et al in the wrongful conviction of Alfred Dreyfus, in an espionage case. The letter published on the first page of LÁurore a Paris newspaper, electrified and divided the nation and was the first case in modern history when media and public opinion played a pivotal role in correcting a gross injustice. In Láffaire PNB such accusations have been made in the media against all involved, viz. the chief protagonist safely ensconced abroad now, the political establishment current and previous, management and operations staff of the bank, auditors, regulators, and banks that extende
Study: Multiple pain relievers after joint, knee replacements ease opioid use

Study: Multiple pain relievers after joint, knee replacements ease opioid use

Health
March 2 (UPI) -- Patients not strictly taking opioids for pain relief after total hip or knee replacement can decrease their reliance on the drug and have fewer complications, according to a new study.Researchers determined that multiple methods are a more effective way to treat pain during recovery than opioids alone, according to a study published Friday in the journal Anesthesiology."Patients need to be aware that there are ways to treat their pain during and after surgery in addition to opioids," Dr. Stavros G. Memtsoudis, director of critical care services in the Department of Anesthesiology at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, said in a press release. "If the doctor prescribes more than one type of medicine for your pain, it may reduce your need for opioids."Opioids are p...
Led by PSBs, NPAs soar 34.5% in Q3; pain to linger on: Report

Led by PSBs, NPAs soar 34.5% in Q3; pain to linger on: Report

Finance
The issue of impaired assets may be far from over for the banking system as gross non- performing assets have grown by 34.5 per cent in the December quarter, says a report. Even as bankers guide towards a better position with regard to bad loans, rating agency Care has said the issue of impaired assets is not yet over, including on recognition and accretion of loans into the dud assets category. In the report based on the performances of 30 lenders, including 17 private sector banks and 13 state-run ones, the agency said the quantum of gross NPAs moved up to 9.45 per cent as of December from 8.34 per cent a year ago. While private sector banks' bad loans ratio was maintained broadly at 4.1 per cent, their state-run counterparts registered a spike in the proportion of dud assets a...