Another Heart Attack Waiting To Happen - Texas Healthcare Deals With Questionable Dr
May 15, 2019
As if there weren't enough things giving us chest pain, new studies reveal that Prilosec and Nexium, made by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, increase the risk of fatal heart attacks after years of use.
The heartburn medications follow closely in the wake of controversies surrounding Vioxx, a painkiller also believed to raise the likelihood of heart attack and cardiovascular problems, and Avandia, a diabetic medication thought to elevate similar risks. Prilosec and Nexium are nearly identical in formula, and belong to a group of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, which reduce or eliminate heartburn by decreasing the stomach's production of acid. Prevacid, Protonix, and Aciphex are also in this group.
The effect these court and media battles have had on the health care, health insurance, and pharmaceutical industries is significant, and if similar trends continue, could be astronomical. Giants like Merck, the makers of Vioxx, are seeing their stock market prices recover, but for a while, it was questionable.
The issues extend beyond just Wall Street, however, and certainly are a concern to residents of Dallas, Houston, Austin and throughout Texas. Health insurance companies may be less likely to cover drugs from pharmaceuticals with a history of liability problems.
For states like Texas, where twenty-five percent of the population is already going without any health coverage whatsoever, more bad news could crush the state's ability to provide adequate care. If, for instance, state medical programs began to limit accessibility to medications made by giants like Merck, healthcare facilities already on the edge may go under entirely due to unreimbursed costs, or, worse, be unable to provide sufficient care at all.
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