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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…

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…

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…

‘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 …

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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