Prescription Drug News

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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

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