midodrineConsumers have won a rare, if possibly temporary, victory for their own freedom to take a drug that has worked for them even if its effectiveness has not been demonstrated to the FDA’s satisfaction.

job applicantThe federal government filed suit on August 30 against the State of Arizona because of alleged discrimination by Maricopa County Community Colleges requiring that non-citizen job applicants fill out documents to prove that they were eligible to work in the country. About 250 non-citizens were affected by the college hiring requirement.

illegal immigrantsThe flow of unauthorized immigrants is down sharply, according to a September 1 report by Pew Hispanic Center. The 8 percent reduction from 12 million to 11.1 million illegals currently living in the U.S. marks the first significant reversal in this population in two decades. The number is nearly two-thirds smaller in the period from March 2007 to March 2009 than from March 2000 to March 2005.

doctor and patientEveryone is familiar with the routine when visiting a doctor’s office: The doctor or his assistant checks the patient’s vital signs, then discusses any symptoms the patient is experiencing and examines him in relation to those symptoms. If the patient is anything less than healthy, the doctor prescribes a course of treatment.

cough medicineThe Food and Drug Administration is pondering placing restrictions on the purchase of cough suppressants such as Robitussin and NyQuil because these, and a number of other similar over-the-counter medications that contain dextromethorphan, can be used to obtain a drug euphoria known as “robotripping.” Taking the drug as prescribed will not cause that effect, but 25 times the recommended dosage can induce robotripping.

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