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FDA: Beware Buying Prescription Drugs Online

FDA: Beware Buying Prescription Drugs Online

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A moving target of as many as 40,000 active online pharmacies, a huge majority of them fly-by-night start-ups, may sell products at a cut-rate price but they may also deliver expired, contaminated and fake drugs th…

Drug Discount Cards Help You Save on Prescription Meds

Drug Discount Cards Help You Save on Prescription Meds

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — How would you like to save up to 70 percent on your prescription drugs?  It’s possible through little-known drug discount cards, often available for free.The website ConsumerWorld.org recently did a small study of …

Should Kids Be Prescribed ADHD Medications Sooner?

Should Kids Be Prescribed ADHD Medications Sooner?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who start taking medications as early as fourth grade may be more likely to score better academically than those who start taking medication in middle sch…

US Has Drug Recall Problem, Study Says

US Has Drug Recall Problem, Study Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Drug recalls in the U.S. happen frequently — about once every month — according to researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In a new study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, the r…

Foster Kids on Too Many Meds: Is the Government Taking Action?

Foster Kids on Too Many Meds: Is the Government Taking Action?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The senator who spurred the Government Accountability Office to investigate the startling numbers of foster children being put on powerful, mind-altering drugs is calling on the Obama administration to follow throu…

Z-Pak Antibiotic Raises Death Risk for Some, Says Study

Z-Pak Antibiotic Raises Death Risk for Some, Says Study

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Patients prescribed the antibiotic azithromycin are more likely to die than those prescribed a different antibiotic, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. These r…

Rx Drug Scam Uses DEA Identities to Terrify Victims into Paying Up

Rx Drug Scam Uses DEA Identities to Terrify Victims into Paying Up

Hemera/Thinkstock(FORT WORTH, Texas) — The websites seem so simple, so inviting — buy prescription diet pills or sleep aids without a prescription. But it could be a trap.A few clicks on certain websites can lead to phone calls that sound like this: …

Pharmacies Fueling Prescription Drug Trade?

Pharmacies Fueling Prescription Drug Trade?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The prescription drug trade is booming and the Drug Enforcement Administration believes some rogue pharmacies could be fueling the epidemic.On Friday, the DEA confirmed that it is now investigating Walgreens, the n…

New Rx Sleep Drug: Promising or Perilous?

New Rx Sleep Drug: Promising or Perilous?

iStockphotos/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Your eyes snap open, but the room is dark and the alarm clock reads 2 a.m.It’s a frustrating but all-too-familiar scenario for many. A new sleep aid called Intermezzo, available in pharmacies with a prescription sta…

Bias Can Exaggerate Drugs’ Effectiveness

Bias Can Exaggerate Drugs’ Effectiveness

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) — Doctors — and patients — might not be getting all the information they need about the safety and effectiveness of certain drugs because of “publication bias,” the tendency of researchers and medical…

New Drug Promising Against Deadly Melanoma

New Drug Promising Against Deadly Melanoma

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When Richard Kaminski had an unusual mole removed from his cheek in 1998, he thought it was the end of his experience with melanoma.But more than 10 years later, Kaminski developed a cough that didn’t go away. Medica…

FDA to Reconsider Once-Rejected Diet Drug

FDA to Reconsider Once-Rejected Diet Drug

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — In the search for treatments to fight obesity, regulators have turned their attention to a diet drug that has already failed to receive government approval as a weight-loss treatment.Next week, a panel of advisers to …

More American Pets Are Being Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

More American Pets Are Being Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Psychiatric medications such as Prozac are being prescribed more often to man’s best friend to help treat a variety of conditions and behaviors usually found in humans.In the United States, where people have left for…

Studies: Combining Chemotherapy Meds Shrinks Breast Cancer

Studies: Combining Chemotherapy Meds Shrinks Breast Cancer

Comstock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Combining heavy hitting medications for early stage patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer can shrink the tumor and stop its progression, according to two new studies released Monday in the journal Lancet and L…

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