Prescription Drug News

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3/1/2017
Antiviral Flu Drugs Safe in Mid-to-Late Pregnancy: Study

No higher rates of complications seen in babies when mom took these meds after 22 weeks of pregnancy

3/1/2017
What Guides Docs' Sleeping Pill Picks? 'Same Old Same Old,' Study Says

Researchers asked why one popular drug is prescribed over another

2/28/2017
Study Tracks Bleeding Risk From Common Blood Thinners

Research looked specifically at bleeds inside the skull and near the brain

2/27/2017
Government Funding Could Save Canadians $4 Billion on Medicines

Health care experts note that paying for essential drugs increases access, too

2/22/2017
'Off-Label' Antidepressants Common, But Where's the Evidence?

One-third are prescribed for conditions like pain or migraine with little scientific backup, study says

2/21/2017
Many Younger Cancer Survivors Can't Afford Their Meds

Skipping doses or drugs altogether can be dangerous, U.S. researchers warn

2/20/2017
Don't Punish Pregnant Women for Opioid Use, Docs Say

Better prevention and treatment, not jail time, would stem surge in drug-addicted newborns

2/20/2017
Kids' OD Risk Rises When Opioids Left Out at Home

Odds of overdose more than double if parent takes powerful narcotic instead of milder pain med, study finds

2/15/2017
Some Docs May Help Fuel Opioid Abuse Epidemic

Patients are 30 percent more likely to get hooked on painkillers if their ER physician prescribes them frequently

2/13/2017
Gay Men Less Likely to Have Safe Sex Now: Survey

Better treatments may translate into complacency, HIV experts say

2/13/2017
Many Seniors Take Multiple Meds That Can Affect the Brain

Psychiatrist cautions doctors and patients to consider risks and benefits of each drug

2/13/2017
Needed: An 'Action Plan' for Kids Prone to Severe Allergic Reactions

First line of defense is an epinephrine auto-injector, pediatricians say

2/6/2017
Think You're Allergic to Penicillin? Check Again

Some people outgrow their allergy and others may have been misdiagnosed, doctor explains

2/6/2017
Pet Meds Sending Kids to the ER

It's not uncommon for toddlers to ingest drugs intended for dogs and cats, study finds

1/30/2017
Study Suggests Newer Cholesterol Drugs Are Safe

Whether taking them results in fewer heart attacks and strokes isn't yet known, researcher says

1/25/2017
Drug May Be New Weapon Against a 'Superbug'

Zinplava cuts risk of recurrent C. difficile infections by 40 percent

1/19/2017
Skin Cancer Cream Linked to 5 Dog Deaths: FDA

Even ingesting small amounts of fluorouracil can kill family pets, agency warns

1/5/2017
Study Casts Doubt on Long-Used Morning Sickness Drug

But some doctors don't think pregnant women prescribed Diclectin should worry

1/5/2017
Heartburn Drugs May Raise Risk of Stomach Infections: Study

Suggests long-term use of acid suppressors might open door to C. difficile and Campylobacter bacteria

1/4/2017
New Parkinson's Drug May Combat Movement Difficulties

Opicapone, added to standard treatment, appears safe and well-tolerated, researchers say

12/27/2016
Antipsychotic Drugs May Up Risk of Early Death in Alzheimer's Patients

Increased odds were nearly doubled if two antipsychotic medications were taken, study says

12/22/2016
New MS Drug Shows 'Breakthrough' Promise for Advanced Disease

Specialist hopes ocrelizumab will be available by spring

12/20/2016
Drug Overdose Deaths Climb Dramatically in U.S.

Prescription painkillers and heroin lead the increase, latest government data shows

12/14/2016
Prices Skyrocket on Drugs Widely Used by Seniors: Report

Cost of brand-name meds for chronic conditions rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation rate

12/12/2016
What You Need to Know When Prescribed an Opioid Painkiller

Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has a substance abuse problem

12/12/2016
Beta Blockers May Not Be Best Heart Drugs for Dementia Patients

In this group, use of the meds after a heart attack compromised quality of life, study finds

12/12/2016
1 in 6 U.S. Adults Takes a Psychiatric Drug: Study

Whether the medicines over-prescribed is up for debate, psychiatrists say

12/9/2016
Certain Breast Cancer Drugs Tied to Blood Vessel Damage

But findings from small study are unlikely to change current practice, doctors say

12/9/2016
Tamoxifen May Get Blamed for Unrelated Symptoms

Perceived side effects might lead some to stop taking the breast cancer preventative, study finds

12/5/2016
U.S. Doctors Still Over-Prescribing Drugs: Survey

More than 1 in 4 say antibiotics are given when the drugs will likely do no good

12/1/2016
Doctors Seeing More HIV Patients With Multidrug Resistance

People resistant to older medication also have problems with newer drug, study finds

11/29/2016
Electronic In-Hospital Prescribing: Trouble for Older Adults?

Study found 41 percent of meds that can increase drowsiness were set too high for seniors, linked to accidents

11/29/2016
Insulin Prices Skyrocket, Putting Many Diabetics in a Bind

American Diabetes Association asks Congress to investigate the matter

11/22/2016
These Medicines Often Send Americans to ERs

CDC cites blood thinners, antibiotics, diabetes drugs for nearly half of adverse drug-related events

11/22/2016
U.S. Health Care Spending Up 5 Percent in 2015

Prescription drugs are the fastest growing expense, report shows

11/21/2016
Bonus From Your Blood Pressure Med: Fewer Fractures?

In study, a certain class of medications was tied to more resilient bones for older patients

11/18/2016
Smoking May Hinder Kidney Disease Drugs

To slow organ damage, patients should quit the habit, researchers say

11/17/2016
Drug Stelara May Ease Crohn's Disease

Medication is potentially helpful for those who didn't find relief from other treatments, researchers say

11/16/2016
Can Time-Release Capsules Replace Daily Pills?

Animal test shows medicine safely released over two-week period

11/15/2016
Prices of Generic Heart Failure Drugs Vary Widely

Patients can spend from $12 to $400 a month to fill common prescriptions, study reveals

11/14/2016
Sharp Drop in Blood Pressure After Rx May Be Risky for Some Heart Patients

Early study suggests potential downside, but more research is needed, experts say

11/14/2016
Celebrex May Not Pose Bigger Heart Risk Than Similar Drugs: Study

Researchers found more complications, such as bleeding, for the pain relievers ibuprofen and naproxen

10/27/2016
Study Questions Use of Migraine Meds in Kids, Teens

Researchers found sugar pill worked as well as commonly prescribed drugs

10/27/2016
Americans Fed Up With Soaring Drug Prices: HealthDay/Harris Poll

Large majorities now favor price caps, Medicare's right to negotiate costs

10/25/2016
Medical Marijuana Not a Lure for Kids: Study

Found no change in pot use among children, but that wasn't the case for people older than 25

10/24/2016
Take Meds as Directed to Boost Survival After Heart Procedures

Study finds close adherence to instructions may be especially important after angioplasty

10/21/2016
Saturday, Oct. 22 Is Drug Take Back Day

DEA-sponsored event offers sites to safely dispose of unused meds

10/18/2016
Irregular Heart Rhythm Patients May Not Always Need Blood Thinners: Study

If episodes of atrial fibrillation are brief, the risk of stroke is low, specialists say

10/17/2016
Statins Often Interact With Other Heart Drugs

Doctors, patients should be aware of risky combinations, heart group says

10/14/2016
Powerful MS Drug Used Early May Reverse Some Disability

But significant side effects remain an issue for Lemtrada, researcher says