Prescription Drug News

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6/21/2017
Opioid-Linked Hospitalizations Rising Fastest for Women: Study

U.S. cases rose 75 percent for females vs. 55 percent for males over a decade, study finds

6/20/2017
Study Hints at Link Between Some Statins, Parkinson's Risk

But the connection was only seen with certain types of the cholesterol-lowering drugs

6/19/2017
Non-Opioid Drug More Effective for Migraines: Study

Alternative treatment yielded better results in emergency room patients

6/16/2017
Lifesaving Drugs From Pfizer in Short Supply: FDA

Agency seeking alternatives, extending 'shelf life' for meds like epinephrine

6/15/2017
Leading U.S. Doctors' Group Takes Aim at Rising Drug Prices

More transparency in costs is needed, American Medical Association says

6/14/2017
A Sufferer's Guide to Easin' Sneezin' Season

Over-the-counter relief is an option, but a prescription may be needed for severe allergies

6/13/2017
For Diabetics, Nasal Powder Fixed Severe Low Blood Sugar

New product much easier to use than rescue injections, researcher says

6/12/2017
Nearly 10 Million U.S. Adults Suffer From Mental Illness

More than a third aren't getting help, federal study says

6/9/2017
New Drugs Show Promise as First to Prevent Migraine

Doctors now rely on medications approved for other purposes

6/9/2017
Opioids Over-Prescribed After C-Sections: Studies

Pills women don't use may end up in the wrong hands, researchers suggest

6/8/2017
Heart Risks to Fetus From Bipolar Drug May Be Lower Than Thought

Pregnant women taking lithium should discuss any concerns with doctor, researchers say

6/6/2017
1 in 5 Weight-Loss Surgery Patients Using Opioids Years Later

Though procedure relieves obesity-related pain, it doesn't erase the need for painkillers, researchers report

6/5/2017
Moving Toward a Better Blood Pressure Pill

Combining low doses of multiple drugs might work for some, study finds

6/5/2017
Are Many A-Fib Patients Getting the Wrong Dose?

Study of newer blood thinners finds 16 percent receive too much or too little medication

6/5/2017
Drug Helps Fight Breast Tumors Tied to 'Cancer Genes'

Lynparza may offer a new treatment for women with advanced BRCA-related disease, researchers say

6/5/2017
Drug Extends Lives of Patients With Advanced Prostate Cancer: Studies

Findings could 'change clinical practice overnight,' leading oncologist says

6/1/2017
New Combo Pill Offers Hope to Hepatitis C Patients Who Fail Other Treatment

3-drug mixture was nearly 100 percent effective in drug company trials

5/31/2017
Americans With HIV Staying on Lifesaving Meds Longer

But too many still quit taking drugs a few years after diagnosis

5/26/2017
Depression Often a Precursor to Falls in Elderly People

But study found proper dose of psychiatric drugs might erase that danger

5/19/2017
Dying Patients Often Given Medicines That Won't Help Them

Study finds many still prescribed long-term disease-preventing medications

5/17/2017
Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

Canagliflozin tied to a doubling of amputations of legs, feet, agency says

5/15/2017
'Female Viagra' May Lift a Younger Woman's Libido

But a pill might not address all the issues facing women who've lost their sex drive, researcher says

5/11/2017
New Hepatitis C Treatments More Effective, Tolerable: FDA

Screening for the often-silent disease remains key, especially in baby boomers

5/9/2017
Expired EpiPens May Still Help Save a Life: Study

But allergy experts advise not counting on older devices if you can replace them

5/3/2017
Arthritis Drug Shows Promise for Ulcerative Colitis

But treatment isn't yet approved by FDA to treat inflammatory bowel condition

5/2/2017
Sleeping Pills Boost Danger of Falls, Fractures in Older Users

And newer drugs like Ambien, Lunesta are no safer in this regard, review found

4/28/2017
Seniors Often Have Trouble Managing Money, Medicines

By 85, many could use a hand, study finds

4/27/2017
Opioid Use by Iraq, Afghanistan War Vets Mirrors Rest of U.S.: Study

Researchers conclude that use of the painkillers is 'an American problem,' not a VA problem

4/27/2017
April 29 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Safe disposal helps prevent unwanted meds from being abused, U.S. officials say

4/26/2017
Ick! Synthetic Mucus Could Battle Dangerous Bugs

Researchers are working on lab-grown versions to control disease-causing bacteria

4/25/2017
Opioid-Related Deaths Might Be Underestimated: CDC

Death certificates from drug-linked infections may not label painkillers as possible cause

4/20/2017
Nursing Home Program Offers Alternatives to Antipsychotic Drugs

New method helped quell undesirable behavior by recognizing dementia patients' unmet needs

4/19/2017
Many Heart Attack Patients Fail to Stick With Statins

Greater education is needed on the lifesaving benefits of 'high-intensity' treatment, researchers say

4/18/2017
No Link Between Common Antibiotic, Irregular Heartbeat

Azithromycin, commonly known as Zithromax, won't up odds for atrial fibrillation, study shows

4/11/2017
Many Americans Don't Know How to Handle High Cholesterol

Survey found they know it raises heart risks, but are confused, discouraged about how to lower it

4/7/2017
Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Planning ahead can help you avoid complications during and after surgery

4/6/2017
Fewer Than 1,000 Used Oregon's Right-to-Die Law by 2015

Discussing their death wishes is paramount for most, not actually hastening their demise, expert says

4/6/2017
Who Really Needs Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Meds?

Exercise and other lifestyle adjustments should be tried first, Consumer Reports advises

4/4/2017
EpiPen Out-of-Pocket Costs More Than Doubled Over Decade

Study questions steep price hikes for lifesaving drugs, even among insured patients

3/31/2017
Drug Tied to Dementia Risk Overprescribed to Seniors: Study

Lower cost might help drive doctors' choice, researchers say

3/29/2017
Heroin Epidemic Expands Its Grip on America

Use of the narcotic grew 5-fold in a decade, helped by scourge of prescription painkiller abuse

3/22/2017
FDA OKs Parkinson's Add-On Drug

Xadago is taken during 'off' periods when symptoms escalate

3/20/2017
New Hepatitis C Drugs Might Eliminate the Disease

But not everyone responds completely to the medicines and cost remains a big obstacle, researchers say

3/20/2017
Spring-Clean Your Medicine Cabinet to Safeguard Your Kids

Tips for proper storage and disposal to help prevent accidental poisonings

3/20/2017
Pradaxa Beats Warfarin After Heart Rhythm Procedure: Study

Fewer bleeding problems reported among 'ablation' patients who took the newer blood thinner

3/17/2017
New Cholesterol Drugs May Beat Statins, But Price Tag Is High

Repatha, inclisiran lowered cholesterol levels even further, but first costs about $14,000 a year to take

3/16/2017
Opioid Dependence Can Start in Just a Few Days

Prescribing narcotic painkillers for 3 days or less may lower chances of addiction, study finds

3/15/2017
Opioid Painkillers and Xanax or Valium a Deadly Mix: Study

30 percent of fatal opioid overdoses involved both types of meds, but number of people prescribed both has spiked

3/10/2017
7 in 10 U.S. Workplaces Hit by Opioid Abuse: Survey

Poll also found most employers unprepared to deal with the issue

3/6/2017
Many People Don't Take Their High Blood Pressure Meds: Study

Failure to follow doctors' orders leads to unnecessary and costly treatment, research shows