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Apps Could Mean Cheaper Prescription Drugs at Your Fingertips

Apps Could Mean Cheaper Prescription Drugs at Your Fingertips

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After ABC News’ “Real Money” piece last week on saving thousands on prescription drugs, many of ABC News’ viewers inquired about how easy it was to use the money-saving apps suggested by expert Michelle K…

Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

Saving Money on Prescription Drugs

Comstock/Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Of the 47.9 percent of Americans who take prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most would like to save on their monthly medication bill.Cari and Andrew of L…

Thieves Target Open Houses for Prescription Drugs

Thieves Target Open Houses for Prescription Drugs

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — During an open house, sellers typically secure valuables like jewelry, electronics and personal information, but locking up medicine cabinets may be next on the list.Thieves posing as potential home buyers have targ…

A Doctor’s Take on Painkiller Abuse

A Doctor’s Take on Painkiller Abuse

A Doctor’s Take on Painkiller AbuseDoctor’s Notebook by NORLEENA GULLETT, M.D.(NEW YORK) — Some doctors knowingly prescribe powerful painkillers to patients who abuse them, according to a new editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine.And as ups…

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…

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…

Weight-Loss Drug Qsymia Debuts

Weight-Loss Drug Qsymia Debuts

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The diet drug Qsymia that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration earlier this year is available by prescription starting Tuesday.Data presented by the manufacturer of the drug, Vivus, showed that it helped patients …

Petition Combating Opioid Addiction Could Hurt Patients

Petition Combating Opioid Addiction Could Hurt Patients

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Thirty-seven health care workers signed and submitted a petition to the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, urging officials to change labels on prescription opioids, such as OxyContin, morphine or Vicodin -…

Dozens Arrested In Massive Prescription Drug Scheme

Dozens Arrested In Massive Prescription Drug Scheme

US Department of Justice(NEW YORK) — Four dozen people have been charged in one of the largest drug-diversion schemes ever, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.  It is estimated to have cost taxpayers a half-billion dollars.“The defendants wo…

‘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 …

Obama’s Drug Plan: Fewer Arrests, More Treatment

Obama’s Drug Plan: Fewer Arrests, More Treatment

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Obama’s new strategy to curb drug abuse takes the focus off of prison and puts it on treatment.In the plan released Tuesday, the Obama administration says that the “mass incarceration” o…

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…

CVS Releases Statement Regarding Drug Mistake

CVS Releases Statement Regarding Drug Mistake

Comstock/Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHATHAM, N.J.) — Parents in Chatham, N.J., are expressing outrage and concern after a CVS pharmacy mistakenly gave them a drug used to fight cancer instead of fluoride pills for their children’s teeth.The parent…

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…

You Say ‘Durezol,’ I Say ‘Duresal’ — FDA Warns of Drug Mix-Ups

You Say ‘Durezol,’ I Say ‘Duresal’ — FDA Warns of Drug Mix-Ups

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — If you want the prescription eye drops called Durezol, make sure your pharmacist doesn’t hand you a bottle of the salicylic acid-containing wart remedy Duresal.At least one patient has been seriously injured in …

Vicodin Times 10: New Painkiller Worries Doctors

Vicodin Times 10: New Painkiller Worries Doctors

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new prescription painkiller in the works might ultimately deliver far more pain than it relieves, health experts say.Drug companies are racing to develop a pure form of hydrocodone, better known to consumers as Vic…

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