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BOTOX® and Hyperhidrosis

Around seven million Americans suffer from hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, producing up to five times the amount of sweat needed to regulate body temperature. Their damp hands and sweaty armpits can become a cause for social awkwardness and self-conscious behavior. Recently, a number of new treatments for hyperhidrosis have appeared, including the use of BOTOX® injections. The BOTOX® treatment for hyperhidrosis is expected to win FDA approval this year, although it has already been used for this purpose by physicians in the United States. The main type of hyperhidrosis is primary or idiopathic hyperhidrosis-which usually begins in childhood or adolescence. The sweat glands are normal, but the central nervous system responds in an exaggerated manner to triggers such as emotional stress or hot weather, causing the individual to sweat profusely. The precise cause is unknown, and the disorder is usually limited to certain areas of the body such as the palms of the hands, sole ...

Drug Seizures Stopped

Today the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bush administration has abandoned its year old policy of seizing shipments of lower-price prescription drugs from Canada. The newspaper reports that by mid-July, Customs officials had seized more than 37,000 prescription drug packages from Canada. Governor Doyle made the following statement: "It is unconscionable that our own federal government had seized more than 37,000 prescriptions intended for Americans who can't afford their medicines. It was a senseless policy, a huge special interest favor to the big drug companies, and I am pleased it has been stopped. "This reversal, though timed right before an election, in nonetheless good news for consumers in Wisconsin and across the country who are desperate for more affordable prescription drugs. It is clear that the Bush Administration is feeling the pressure from states like Wisconsin and from millions of Americans who want access to safe, lower price prescriptions availabl ...

Pressuring Canada to cut off cheap drugs

Never underestimate the power of a pharmaceutical industry out to protect its profits from American customers living on Social Security and pensions. It apparently can even reach out and pressure a sovereign nation into action. Well, another one besides the United States. Now Canada seems about to cave in. Supposedly to protect Canadians from drug shortages or prices being driven up by U.S. demand (neither has happened), and to protect Canadian physicians from temptation to be "unethical" (i.e., compassionate), the Canadian health minister is drafting regulatory restrictions which, if they go into effect in a couple of months, could prevent Internet pharmacies from selling mail-order prescriptions to U.S. consumers. It's a $700 million industry. Most of its 1.8 million American customers are senior citizens whose Medicare does not include a drug plan - or at least not a decent one. They are tired of paying up to twice as much for their drugs in the free-market U.S. as peopl ...