Prescription Drug News

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10/23/2017
U.S. Opioid Painkiller Abuse May Be Leveling Off

Rate plateaus as doctors are urged to recommend nondrug pain treatments

10/20/2017
Can Aspirin Stop Liver Cancer in Hepatitis B Patients?

Study from Taiwan finds link between aspirin use and reduced cancer risk

10/18/2017
Skip Opioid Treatment for Migraine in the ER

Non-narcotic drug far more effective in new study

10/18/2017
Newer Blood Thinners May Not Bring Higher Bleeding Risk

Risk is similar to warfarin, study reports

10/17/2017
Be Wary of Shopping for Pet Meds Online

To be 'purrfectly' safe, check with your vet first, suggests FDA

10/17/2017
Diabetes Pill Might Replace Injection to Control Blood Sugar

Global study shows blood glucose levels dropped significantly, and low rates of low blood sugar

10/13/2017
Around the World, Too Little Relief for Pain

High drug costs in low-income countries are to blame, says new report

10/9/2017
Penicillin Misconceptions May Raise Post-Op Infection Risk

Many patients wrongly report a drug allergy, leading doctors to use inferior meds, study finds

10/9/2017
Prescription Stimulants on Campus

Nearly a third of college students think prescription stimulants help boost grades, study finds

10/5/2017
Does a Drug's High Price Tag Cause Its Own Side Effects?

Treatment-related worries might make you feel sick

10/4/2017
Could You Be Overdoing It With Sleeping Pills?

Know the risk/reward ratio of these drugs

10/3/2017
Blood Thinners Can Come With Dangerous Side Effects

Newer class of drugs can interact with multiple medications, researchers report

10/3/2017
Same Pregnancy Meds Can Cost $200 -- or $11,000

'Uncontrollable drug prices' play a major role in U.S. health-care crisis, researcher says

9/28/2017
Many Patients Denied Costly New Cholesterol Drugs

Insurers and high copays limit use of PCSK9 inhibitors, study says

9/27/2017
Adding Drug to Standard Care May Prolong Lymphoma Survival

Doctors expect this will become new standard for people with mantle-cell lymphoma

9/27/2017
Post-Op Opioids: How Much Is Enough?

Certain surgeries require longer prescriptions, researchers say

9/27/2017
1 in 3 Seniors Take Sleep Aids

But national guidelines generally recommend against these products for those over 65

9/26/2017
ERs Prescribing Opioids at Lower Doses, Shorter Durations

Patients who receive these prescriptions are less likely to progress to long-term use, study shows

9/26/2017
CDC Launches Opioid Campaign in Hard-Hit States

'It only takes a little to lose a lot' is slogan for the multi-pronged media effort

9/21/2017
Addictive Opioids Common for People on Dialysis

But dose of pain-killing drugs often too high, researchers say

9/21/2017
Asthma Drug Tied to Nightmares, Depression

But experts stress Singulair also has lifesaving benefits

9/18/2017
9/18/2017
9/13/2017
Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?

Having depression, panic disorder or anxiety disorder won't hurt your baby, researcher says

9/13/2017
What You Can Do to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic

A surgeon's group offers a blueprint for safer pain management

9/12/2017
Cancer Drugs' High Prices Not Justified by Cost of Development, Study Contends

Research challenges notion that each new medicine costs billions to come to market

9/6/2017
New 'Biologic' Drug May Help Severe Asthma

But similar meds cost up to $30,000 a year

9/6/2017
Long-Acting Inhaler May Help in Early Stage COPD, Too

Doctors may consider starting medications sooner

9/5/2017
White Kids More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics

Study finds more evidence of racial disparities in ERs

9/1/2017
FDA OKs Return of Once-Withdrawn Leukemia Drug

At lower dose, Mylotarg extended survival against a certain type of blood cancer

8/31/2017
New Hope From Old Drugs in Fight Against Parkinson's

Asthma medications may lower risk, but much more research is needed

8/30/2017
FDA Approves 1st Treatment for 'Kissing Bug' Illness in Children

Benznidazole becomes the nation's only drug for Chagas disease

8/30/2017
Harvey's Floodwaters Harbor Many Health Hazards

Contaminated water can cause infections, displace residents who lack needed meds

8/28/2017
Young Adults May Be Ignoring High Blood Pressure

Only 4 in 10 with the condition get it under control, study reports

8/25/2017
Many Migraine Sufferers Given Unecessary Opioids, Study Finds

Addictive painkillers should be treatment of last resort, headache expert says

8/22/2017
Doctor-Patient Dialogue May Boost Use of Blood Pressure Drugs

Physicians in poor neighborhoods should ask about employment, relationships, study says

8/21/2017
Hernia Patients May Need Fewer Opioids After Surgery, Study Finds

After repair, smaller prescriptions led to fewer pills that could be diverted or abused

8/18/2017
FDA May Limit 'Risk Info' in Direct-to-Consumer TV Drug Ads

Would new approach to broadcast advertising deprive consumers of vital information?

8/16/2017
Powerful New Cholesterol Med Won't Harm Memory, Easing Concerns

Study findings on Repatha are 'reassuring,' but expert wants longer follow-up

8/16/2017
Study Finds Options to Opioid Use After Knee Surgery

Non-drug approaches that may work include acupuncture and electrotherapy, review finds

8/15/2017
U.S. Antidepressant Use Jumps 65 Percent in 15 Years

Women nearly twice as likely to use the drugs as men, CDC report finds

8/11/2017
Pot Compound Alters Levels of Seizure Drug in Epilepsy Patients

Experimental therapy shows interaction between cannabidiol and clobazam

8/10/2017
Trump to Declare Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

The majority of overdose deaths are attributed to prescription painkillers, report says

8/10/2017
Steep Price Hikes Led to Drop in Use of 2 Heart Drugs at U.S. Hospitals

Half as many patients got nitroprusside, while isoproterenol use fell one-third, study finds

8/8/2017
U.S. Opioid Crisis Continues to Worsen

Lion's share of deaths attributed to prescription painkillers

8/7/2017
What Diabetics Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Meds

Many cold, cough and headache remedies contain carbs, and as much alcohol as glass of beer or wine, pharmacist says

8/4/2017
The Fine Print on Medication Expiration Dates

When to discard Rx and OTC drugs

8/3/2017
Addiction Drug Underused by Primary Care Docs in U.S.

Buprenorphine is prescribed to get patients off opioids in the privacy of a physician's office

8/3/2017
Americans Taking More Prescription Drugs Than Ever: Survey

Consumer Reports says many may be doing more harm than good

8/3/2017
Is Infant Drug Withdrawal Likelier When Opioids Used With Psychiatric Drugs?

Prescribing practices called into question by new study