July 15th, 2008


Statin Drug Use increased 150+% between 2000 and 2005

--6/25/08 report from U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
--statins are cholesterol-lowering drugs, and are said to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke by lowering "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, and raising relative levels of "good" cholesterol
--use increased by 156% between 2000 and 2005
--15.8 million people-->>29.7 million people
--spending on statins: $7.7 billion-->>$19.7 billion annually
--total number of outpatient prescriptions for statins 90 million-->>174 million in 2005
--average individual annual expenditure on statins: $484 in 2000-->> $661 in 2005.
--including atorvastatin (Pfizer, brand Lipitor), pravastatin or Pravachol (Bristol Myers Squibb), fluvastatin (Novartis, brand Lescol), and more
--my mom is on a statin
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Cynthia McKinney vs Bob Barr

I just had a flight of fantasy in which our upcoming presidential election was between the Green Party candidate and the Libertarian Party candidate. I know it's as likely as the proverbial snowball in hell, but I can imagine it.....and I imagine that we would have dramatic and immediate change.....none of this parroting the word as if it meant something on its own.......we would have a reduction in imperialist activity, a removal of corporations from the governmental feeding trough, a balancing of the budget and a plan to deal with the deficit..... We would have healthcare, one way or the other, not more federal subsidies to pharmaceuticals. We would have open debate about all the great many subjects that have become taboo to the powers that now be, the Democrats and Republicans that have lost my respect. Our two party system is failing us, and we need some real change. Obama isn't it.

CYNTHIA MCKINNEY was a congresswoman from Georgia for 12 years, and this is her impassioned speech accepting the nomination of the Green Party for president. rinku says the Green Party is only on the ballot in some 38 states, so she has zero chance of winning, but if just a few people hear her out, we will be making progress. Here we have the first 10 minutes or so of her speech, there's more available if you want.