A bitter pill indeed

By: Stuart Rosenthal

A seemingly innocuous request recently led me to a bout of righteous indignation and a passionate battle. At the end of an appointment with my orthopedist, I asked him to refill my prescription for an NSAID pain reliever. Though it happens to be available over-the-counter at a reasonable price, the prescription is a 12-hour version, and its cost (to me and to my insurance company) is... READ MORE

Reasonable risks

By: Stuart Rosenthal

When I was growing up, I remember looking in my parents’ medicine cabinet, or on high garage shelves, and seeing cans and bottles with various warnings printed all over them. Indoors there was rubbing alcohol, something called “witch hazel” (which always piqued my interest), peroxide and other intriguing substances. Some said DANGER/POISON (usually with a skull and crossbones),... READ MORE