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Invention Would Track Meds in Mentally Ill Patients, but Is It Ethical?

Invention Would Track Meds in Mentally Ill Patients, but Is It Ethical?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Imagine if doctors could add something to their mentally ill patients’ pills so that they could tell on their smartphones whether the patients were taking the pills as prescribed.Inventor Don Spector has actua…

FDA Asks for Voluntary Recall of Popular Generic Antidepressant

FDA Asks for Voluntary Recall of Popular Generic Antidepressant

J B Reed/Bloomberg News(NEW YORK) — The FDA’s reversal earlier this week of its approval of a generic equivalent of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 ends a five-year saga that began with consumer complaints and a crusade by Joe Graedon, th…

MS Patients Might Benefit From New Oral Drug

MS Patients Might Benefit From New Oral Drug

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Thousands of Americans who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS) might one day be able to take advantage of a drug that new research suggests is both safe and effective.Multiple sclerosis is a chronic and often disab…

Law Offers Drug Companies Vouchers in Exchange for New Cancer Drugs for Kids

Law Offers Drug Companies Vouchers in Exchange for New Cancer Drugs for Kids

Nancy Goodman/Kids v. Cancer(WASHINGTON) — President Obama signed a bill Monday that will provide incentives to drug companies to research and develop drugs for rare diseases.The Creating Hope Act grants pharmaceutical companies that create drugs for …

Fake Adderall Sold Online Gets FDA’s Attention

Fake Adderall Sold Online Gets FDA’s Attention

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Beware of fake versions of ADHD medication Adderall that are being sold on the Internet, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned.The agency issued the warning Tuesday after receiving complaints from the ma…

How Do Docs Prescribe Kids’ Meds? Guess

How Do Docs Prescribe Kids’ Meds? Guess

Comstock/Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — The last time your doctor gave you a prescription, it likely came with specific information on the correct and safe dosage to take, determined from years of clinical trials. But when kids need certain prescr…

Study: Parents with Poor Math Skills More Likely to Give Incorrect Dosages of Medication

Study: Parents with Poor Math Skills More Likely to Give Incorrect Dosages of Medication

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study reveals that parents with poor math skills are more inclined than others to give the wrong dosages of medicine to their children, Health Day reports. Out of the study’s 289 parents, who had children young…

One-Third of Cancer Patients Don’t Get Drugs They Need for Pain

One-Third of Cancer Patients Don’t Get Drugs They Need for Pain

Pixland/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — As many as one-third of cancer patients may be receiving inadequate treatment to control their pain, even though many medicines are available to help, new research suggests.Pain is one of the most-feared and worst symptom…

‘OFF LABEL’: Tribeca Film Captures Our Insatiable Appetite for Prescription Drugs

‘OFF LABEL’: Tribeca Film Captures Our Insatiable Appetite for Prescription Drugs

Andy Duffy(NEW YORK) — Andy Duffy’s first encounter with the world of drugs was as an Army medic at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where he forced resistant prisoners to endure excruciating pain.Sgt. Duffy says superior officers ordered him …

Fake Pharmacies Create Drug Shortages

Fake Pharmacies Create Drug Shortages

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — University of Maryland head women’s basketball coach Brenda Frese is not afraid of challenging authority, especially off the court when it involves her 4-year-old son, Tyler, who has leukemia. Frese was shocked whe…

Prescription Painkillers for Small Surgeries May Lead to Long-Term Use

Prescription Painkillers for Small Surgeries May Lead to Long-Term Use

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(TORONTO) — Older adults who receive pain medications after surgery may be at higher risk of becoming addicted, according to a new study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.Physicians often prescribe opioids, i…

Cancer Patients Fume Over Counterfeit Avastin

Cancer Patients Fume Over Counterfeit Avastin

J.B. Reed/Bloomberg News(OCEANSIDE, Calif.) — Cancer patients are furious that a counterfeit version of the drug Avastin has landed in U.S. clinics.Avastin, which is made by the Oceanside, Calif.-based company Genentech, is used in combination with ch…

Critical Shortage of Children’s Leukemia Drug

Critical Shortage of Children’s Leukemia Drug

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — Medication used to treat the most common form of childhood leukemia is in short supply, adding to the largest nationwide shortage of critical lifesaving hospital medications in nearly a decade.All five pharmaceutical …

Santorum Tells Sick Kid Market Should Set Drug Prices

Santorum Tells Sick Kid Market Should Set Drug Prices

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — GOP contender Rick Santorum had a heated exchange with a mother and her sick young son Wednesday, arguing that drug companies are entitled to charge whatever the market demands for life-saving thera…

New Review Questions Effectiveness of Tamiflu

New Review Questions Effectiveness of Tamiflu

Hannah Johnston/Getty Images(OXFORD, England) — Could Tamiflu (Oseltamivir) be not as effective as originally reported? The efficacy and safety of the drug, known as the most widely used medication against the influenza virus, has been questioned in a…

Neck Pain: Chiropractors, Exercise Better than Medication, Study Says

Neck Pain: Chiropractors, Exercise Better than Medication, Study Says

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When it comes to neck pain the best medicine is no medicine at all, according to a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, tracked 272 patients w…

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