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    Pain Drugs: When Nurses Get Caught in the Middle

    Pain Drugs: When Nurses Get Caught in the Middle
    On a scale of zero to ten, how often do you wish you could somehow wave a magic wand and know how much pain your patient is in—zero being never and ten being every day? Four? Ten? Twenty? ER Doc Brady Pregerson and Nurse Rebekah are ready to “go there” in the first of a four-part series on pain management. Dr. ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Pfizer Gave Docs $35 Million in Last Half of 2009

    Pfizer Gave Docs $35 Million in Last Half of 2009
    TRENTON, N.J. - Pfizer Inc. paid doctors and teaching hospitals a total of $35 million in the last half of 2009 for services ranging from speaking to other doctors about the company's products to running studies of its experimental drugs. The world's biggest drugmaker by revenue disclosed details Wednesday of its payments to about 4,500 doctors and other health professionals. Unlike ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    More States Took In Expired Meds in 2009

    More States Took In Expired Meds in 2009
    LAYTON, Utah – A steel mailbox-sized bin in the lobby of a police department in northern Utah was full again, crammed with half-full prescription bottles, over-the-counter cold meds and even an odd topical cream from 1983. "It's anything and everything," Layton police evidence supervisor Holly Plotnick said as she and a co-worker transferred 28 pounds of medications into a garbage bag ...
    Published over 4 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Meijer Will Settle Pharmacy Case for $3 Million

    Meijer Will Settle Pharmacy Case for $3 Million
    DETROIT - Meijer Inc. will pay $3 million after the Midwest retail chain discovered it had employed four pharmacists who were barred from federal health programs, the government said Tuesday. The pharmacists worked at Meijer stores in Michigan and Ohio from 1997 to 2006 and had been barred from Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare, a military health plan. Federal law prohibits stores ...
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    Fertility Drugs Increase Thyroid Cancer Risk

    Fertility Drugs Increase Thyroid Cancer Risk
    Women who take the most common fertility drugs, progesterone and clomiphene, are at a greater risk to develop thyroid cancer than those who don't, according to a study by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society. The 36-year study, which tracked thousands of women, discovered that women who took fertility drugs developed thyroid cancer at an increased rate over those ...
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    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug

    FDA Panel Unanimously Backs Kidney Cancer Drug
    GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Federal health advisers said Monday an experimental kidney cancer drug from GlaxoSmithKline PLC can benefit patients by slowing the disease, despite some risk of liver damage. The Food and Drug Administration's cancer drug panel voted unanimously in favor of Glaxo's pazopanib pills for advanced kidney cancer, a rare but deadly form of the disease. Glaxo studies showed higher ...
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    Wyeth Sues FDA to Block Rival Generic Antibiotic

    Wyeth Sues FDA to Block Rival Generic Antibiotic
    TRENTON, N.J. - Drugmaker Wyeth on Wednesday sued the Food and Drug Administration to block the sale of a generic rival to its intravenous antibiotic Zosyn, claiming the generic is not an equivalent product and could harm critically ill patients. Madison, N.J.-based Wyeth filed a federal lawsuit against the FDA, seeking both a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction. The ...
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    FDA Panel Backs Glaxo's Cervical Vaccine for Women

    FDA Panel Backs Glaxo's Cervical Vaccine for Women
    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials said Wednesday a long-delayed vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline successfully blocks the leading virus that causes cervical cancer in women. The Food and Drug Administration's vaccine panel voted overwhelmingly that the vaccine Cervarix appears safe and effective for girls and women ages 10 to 25. If the FDA follows the group's advice, Glaxo would begin competing against Merck's ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rate This
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    RN Accused of Drug Theft

    RN Accused of Drug Theft
    A Pymatuning Township man has been accused of taking prescription painkillers for his own use from UPMC Horizon, Greenville, where he worked as a registered nurse. Michael K. Miller, 47, of 1703 Park Lane, was charged by the state Attorney General's office with acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge, which is a felony, and possession of ...
    Published almost 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FDA Approves First Drug for Infantile Spasms

    FDA Approves First Drug for Infantile Spasms
    WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first drug to treat infantile spasms, a rare disorder that can cause hundreds of seizures per day in children less than a year old. Sabril is an oral solution from Deerfield, Ill.-based Lundbeck Inc. approved for children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years. Infantile spasms usually occur ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Sheriff Needs Relief With Jail Medications

    Sheriff Needs Relief With Jail Medications
    Nearly half of the inmates at the Houston County Jail are on medications, with some of them taking up to 10 drugs a day. The load -- and the consistently full house at the jail -- has led Sheriff Andy Hughes to ask the county commission to increase the hours of the jail pharmacist from 20 hours a month to 20 ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    FDA Warns About Supplements with Steroids

    FDA Warns About Supplements with Steroids
    The Food and Drug Administration issued a public health advisory Tuesday, warning consumers to stop using products touted as containing steroids or steroid-like substances, many of which are labeled as dietary supplements. The advisory came five days after FDA investigators, led by Jeff Novitzky of the BALCO probe, raided the California offices of American Cellular Labs, looking for evidence the company ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Study: Clozapine May Have Saved Schizophrenics

    Study: Clozapine May Have Saved Schizophrenics
    LONDON – Thousands of people with schizophrenia worldwide could have been saved if doctors had prescribed them the anti-psychotic drug clozapine, a new study says. Clozapine was introduced in the 1970s, but was banned for about a decade because of a rare but potentially deadly side effect: up to 2 percent of patients lose their white blood cells while taking the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Patients Fret Over Proposed Tylenol Restrictions

    Patients Fret Over Proposed Tylenol Restrictions
    CHICAGO — Proposed limits on Tylenol, a painkiller as common as pain itself, have left many consumers fearful, confused and wondering where to turn for relief. The potential government crackdown on acetaminophen, Tylenol's main ingredient, would affect everyone from occasional pill poppers to chronic pain sufferers who rely on daily doses to make their lives more bearable. If adopted by the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Stop-Smoking Drugs Require Suicide Warning

    Stop-Smoking Drugs Require Suicide Warning
    The smoking cessation drugs Chantix and Zyban must now carry a boxed warning -- the strongest type possible -- about the risk of serious mental health problems, including depression, behavior changes and suicidal thoughts, the Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday. These have occurred in people with and without underlying psychiatric illnesses as well as those still smoking, Curt Rosebraugh, head ...
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    Prescription Dispenser Works Like an ATM, Speeds Process, Clinic Says

    Prescription Dispenser Works Like an ATM, Speeds Process, Clinic Says
    While the Urgent Care clinic claims to provide fast and affordable health care for non-emergency medical needs, the McAlester facility can now claim to be on the cutting edge when it comes to doling out prescription drugs. Say hello to InstyMeds. InstyMeds is a fully automated ATM-style machine that dispenses prescription medications directly to patients immediately before leaving the office. The ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Novartis Says They've Produced First Batch of H1N1 Vaccine

    Novartis Says They've Produced First Batch of H1N1 Vaccine
    BASEL, Switzerland – Swiss pharmaceuticals company Novartis AG said Friday it has successfully produced a first batch of swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of expectations. The vaccine was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines, the company said. The announcement comes a day after the World Health Organization declared swine flu, also known ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Not What the Doctor Ordered: Low-Cost Meds Don't Help Everyone, Experts Say

    Not What the Doctor Ordered: Low-Cost Meds Don't Help Everyone, Experts Say
    Busy with other chores, Kathryn Pauley asked her 16-year-old to pick up younger daughter Cheyenne's seizure medicine at a pharmacy. To her surprise, Pauley found a generic drug, not Lamictal, a brand-name drug that had effectively controlled most of Cheyenne's seizures. In the next week, Cheyenne, 11, had 21 seizures -- many more than usual. The switch occurred even though Cheyenne's ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Study: Drug Combos May Raise Breast Cancer Risk

    Study: Drug Combos May Raise Breast Cancer Risk
    ORLANDO, Fla. – Breast cancer survivors risk having their disease come back if they use certain antidepressants while also taking the cancer prevention drug tamoxifen, worrisome new research shows. About 500,000 women in the United States take tamoxifen, which cuts in half the chances of a breast cancer recurrence. Many of them also take antidepressants for hot flashes, because hormone pills ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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    Cancer Drug Removes Man's Fingerprints

    Cancer Drug Removes Man's Fingerprints
    A Singapore oncologist advises cancer patients treated with the drug capecitabine to carry a doctor's letter on the treatment if they have U.S travel plans. Dr. Eng-Huat Tan of the National Cancer Centre in Singapore, said the head and neck cancer of his 62-year-old patient had spread, but the cancer responded well to chemotherapy. To help prevent a recurrence of the ...
    Published about 5 years ago | Rate This
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