Tag: Prescription drugs

Oct. 27 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Properly Dispose Of Old Unused Prescription Drugs

Oct. 27 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Last April's take back event brought in nearly a million pounds of unused pills from across the country.

Public Health October 27, 2018

Study Finds That 1 In 3 Adults Are On Prescription Drugs With Depression As A Side Effect

A new study revealed that one-third of adults in the United States might be taking prescription medicine that is linked to depression. The researchers found that most people may not be aware of this.

Medicine June 13, 2018

Birth Control Pills, Other Common Prescription Drugs May Cause Depression And Suicide

A study found that more than one-third of adults are unknowingly opening themselves to the risk of depression and suicide by taking some common prescription drugs. The study also noted the increased practice of polypharmacy among adults.

Medicine June 13, 2018

Millions Of Americans May Have Wrong Prescription For Heart Medicine: Here's What You Should Do

More than 11 million Americans may have been issued wrong prescriptions for drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes. If you think you are one of them, this is what you should do.

Medicine June 7, 2018

President Trump Says Major Pharmaceutical Companies To Slash Drug Prices In Two Weeks

Drug company executives would visit the White House to announce voluntary drug price cuts, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday. Here are the comments of major pharmaceutical companies on the president's announcement.

Medicine May 30, 2018

Study Finds That Doctors Who Receive Perks From Drug Companies Prescribe 9 Percent More Opioids

A May 2018 study found that doctors who received more gifts from drug companies prescribed 9 percent more opioids to patients. The gifts included payments, speaking fees, and free meals.

Public Health May 14, 2018

Half Of People Using Cannabidiol Products Stopped Taking Prescriptions And Traditional Medications

A recent survey of HelloMD members who use Cannabidiol products reveals that nearly half discontinued taking pharmaceutical drugs. Eighty percent believe CBD is very effective.

Medicine August 4, 2017

Drug Overdose Crisis In Georgia: What Are These Deadly Yellow Pills?

Police and health authorities warn the recent wave of drug overdose hospitalizations in Georgia is linked to counterfeit medication. The mysterious yellow pills sold on the streets are designed to mimic Percocet, a prescription opioid painkiller.

Public Health June 8, 2017

How Did The US Opioid Epidemic Start? Study Points To A 1980 Doctor's Letter On Painkiller Addiction

Researchers suggest the U.S. opioid epidemic may have started with a 100-word letter, published in 1980 in a medical journal. The brief note tackled the addiction risk of opioid painkillers in certain conditions and was blatantly misquoted in the scientific literature.

Public Health June 1, 2017

EpiPens Still Potent 4 Years After Indicated Expiry: Can You Take Drugs Past Their Expiration Date?

Researchers find that epinephrine remains potent years after its marked expiration date, contrary to previous belief. How safe is it for patients to take expired medication?

Feature | Health May 12, 2017

Limited Interaction With Pharma Reps Could Be Leading Doctors To Prescribe More Generic Drugs

Restrictions governing pharmaceutical companies' practice of 'detailing' have translated to reduced brand-name prescriptions, according to a new study. This means keeping med reps away from doctors may lead to more generic drug prescriptions, too.

Medicine May 3, 2017

Children Age 5 And Below Get Exposed To Opioids: How To Keep Kids Away From Prescription Drugs

Sixty percent of young people exposed to opioids are children 5 years old and below. What can parents do to protect their children from the dangers of prescription drugs?

Medicine March 21, 2017

1 In Every 6 Adults In America Fills At Least One Prescription For Psychiatric Drugs In A Year

According to a new research letter, one in six adults in the United States used prescription drugs in 2013. The research, which only analyzed the span of a year, signals strong ethnic differences correlated with drug use.

Public Health December 13, 2016

Prescription Testosterone, Other Steroid Drugs Product Labels Get New Warning From FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug administration is stepping up with warnings for prescription drugs that treat low testosterone. The abuse of the said drugs has been proven to be linked with heart-related and mental health problems, among others.

Medicine October 26, 2016

Babies Born Addicted To Opioid Drugs Double In The US

The number of babies born suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome due to exposure to drugs their mothers used during pregnancy increased in the U.S. These infants may experience seizures, rapid breathing, tremor and excessive crying.

Public Health September 27, 2016

Seniors With Access To Medical Cannabis Use Less Prescription Drugs

Is medical marijuana the new painkiller? A report from the CDC finds that seniors and disabled patients with legal access to medical cannabis use less prescription drugs.

Medicine July 7, 2016

Doctors More Likely To Prescribe Branded Drugs Of Companies That Sponsor Their Meals: Study

One study reveals doctors who enjoy free meals sponsored by pharmaceutical companies are more likely to prescribe certain brands of medicine. But is this promotional practice ethical?

Medicine June 21, 2016

FDA, International Regulators Take Action Against Online Drug Stores Selling Illegal Prescription Meds

The FDA worked with other international agencies to take action against online drug pharmacies that sell illegal prescription drugs. The agency already called for the suspension of more than 4,000 websites as part of Operation Pangea IX.

Medicine June 10, 2016

Scientists Design 3D-Printed Pills For Personalized Medicine: How It Works

A breakthrough fabrication method developed by scientists in Singapore can be adjusted to suit every patient's personalized medication. This invention is in the form of 3D-printed pills.

Medicine May 30, 2016

Switching To Generic Drugs Instead Of Brand Name Ones May Save Billions Of Health Care Dollars

Researchers found that inefficient giving of drug prescriptions cost patients millions of dollars. They recommend substituting generic drugs instead of branded drugs to reduce spending.

Medicine May 11, 2016

Victoria's $30 Million Crackdown On 'Prescription Shopping' To Stop Overdose Deaths

The Victorian government is spending $30 million to fund its real-time monitoring system to crackdown prescription shopping that could lead to drug overdose deaths. The system will include Schedule 8 drugs such as morphine and would include participation of physicians, pharmacies and hospitals.

Public Health April 25, 2016

Commonly Prescribed Parkinson's Drugs Up Risk Of Compulsive Gambling, Shopping, Binge Eating, Hyper Sexuality

A certain class of drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson's disease has been linked to Impulsive control disorders that increase risk of compulsive gambling, shopping, eating etc.

Life April 9, 2016

The FDA Cracks Down On Drug Abuse, Requires Warning Labels On Opioids

The FDA will now require some opioids to have a label that features a warning that the prescription drug could be addictive and lead to addiction, overdose and death.

Life March 22, 2016

Pharma Money Dictates What Brand-Name Drugs Doctors Prescribe

A new analysis by an investigative journalism group revealed that doctors who take money from drug companies give out more brand-name prescriptions to patients than those who don't. The report provides evidence of the link between prescribed drugs and the incentives doctors get from pharmaceuticals.

Life March 18, 2016

CDC Urges Doctors To Use Care When Prescribing Opiates For Chronic Pain

Federal health officials urge doctors to prevent prescribing highly addictive painkillers for chronic pain. This move aims to curb the growing deadly epidemic in the United States.

Life March 16, 2016

US Spending On Prescription Drugs Rose 5.2 Percent In 2015

A new report revealed that the spending on prescription drugs in the United States rose to 5.2 percent in 2015, driven by higher medication use and prices. The report included the impact of rebates for the first time.

Life March 15, 2016

US Spending On Prescription Drug Rose To $457 Billion

U.S. spending on prescription drugs rose to $457 billion in 2015. A government agency projects that this trend will continue to increase in the coming years.

Life March 9, 2016

Deaths From Anxiety Drug Overdoses Rose Fourfold In The Last Two Decades: Study

The number of deaths from anxiety drug overdoses has increased fourfold in the last 20 years, a new study revealed. Researchers say overdosing on anxiety drugs is a major public health issue.

Life February 19, 2016

Obama Administration Seeks $1.1 Billion Funding For Heroin, Opioid Addiction

Obama administration seeks to have $1.1 billion in budget to fight heroin and opioid addiction. The funds are intended to improve access to treatment and strengthen current efforts.

Life February 3, 2016

Implant Offers New And Safer Way To Treat Opioid Addiction

An FDA panel recommended the approval of a new way to treat prescription drug and opioid addiction. It involves using an implant that delivers daily doses of buprenorphine for six months.

Life January 13, 2016

Physician Group Urges Doctors To Prescribe Generic Medicines

The American College of Physicians urged doctors to prescribe more generic drugs which are cheaper than brand name drugs. This will contribute in reducing the prescription drug costs and help patients adhere to their medications.

Life November 24, 2015

U.S. Doctors Call For Ban On Prescription Drug, Medical Device Ads Targeted To Consumers

The American Medical Association is pushing to have direct-to-consumer advertising featuring prescription drugs and medical devices to be banned in the United States. The group believes this practice only contributes to a rise in drug costs and pushes patients to opt for inappropriate treatments.

Life November 21, 2015

Sixty Percent Of Americans Now On Some Type Of Prescription Drug, Highest Level Ever

More U.S. adults are taking prescription medications than ever before, a study finds. Some adults are taking five or more drugs, with obesity seen as major factor in the increased number of Americans on prescribed medications.

Life November 5, 2015

Obama Announces US Will Tackle Heroin, Prescription Drug Abuse

President Obama has outlined a plan to address the increasing number of heroin and prescription drug abuse victims. He said they will accomplish this by providing better access to drug treatments and training more doctors on the safe prescription of painkillers.

Life October 23, 2015

Hillary Clinton Wants to Legalize Prescription Pill Import From Canada

U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton announced her intention to legalize the import of prescription medicines that cost less in Canada.

Life September 29, 2015

Hedge Fund Guy Skyrockets Price of AIDS Treatment Drug: Here's How Twitter Reacted

A former hedge fund manager hikes up the price of an AIDS treatment drug by 5,000 percent. Overnight, he splits the Twitterverse between seeing him as either internet Public Enemy No. 1 or pharmaceutical Fantasy Hero.

Internet Culture September 23, 2015

Dispose Of Expired Medications Properly, Turn Them In On National Drug Take Back Day

The National Take Back Day on Sept. 26 will accept expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs in local community collection sites for safe disposal.

Life September 22, 2015

FDA Gives Approval For First 3D-Printed Prescription Drug

A drug for epileptic seizures will dissolve quickly and be easier to take thanks to 3D printing technology, its maker says. Even high dosages will be more convenient for people to swallow, it says.

Life August 4, 2015

Eminem Shares Previous Struggle With Drugs That Pushed Him To 230 Pounds

Rapper Eminem confesses of having overdosed of prescription drugs in 2007 and how his addiction caused him to gain weight. After rehab, the rapper’s addiction was redirected to exercise, which helped him lose about 80 pounds.

Life August 3, 2015

Antidepressant Use Linked To Slight Increase In Risk Of Birth Defects

Researchers found links between the use of antidepressants in pregnancy and birth defects. They noted that risks are low but are not to be ignored. Doctors remind the importance of properly weighing the benefits of antidepressants in helping mothers against the risks they may have on babies.

Life July 10, 2015

California Approves Bill For Protection Of Medical Marijuana Users In Need Of Organ Transplants

The state of California has approved legislation that prohibits health care organizations from denying an organ transplant to a patient based solely on the patient’s use of prescription pot.

Life July 7, 2015

US Wants Novartis To Pay $3.35 Billion Fine For Drug Kickbacks

Swiss drugmaker Novartis allegedly used kickbacks to boost sales of Exjade and Myfortic, and is now facing a $3.35 billion lawsuit in damages and fines.

Life July 2, 2015

Tamper-Resistant Pill Dispenser Uses Fingerprinting To Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse and misuse is an enormous problem in America. A tamper-resistant pill dispenser that dishes out the exact amount of pills prescribed by a doctor when shown the appropriate fingerprint could help cut down on overdoses.

June 26, 2015

Drug Overdose Is Now Biggest Cause of Injury-Related Deaths In The U.S., Report Says

Deaths from drug overdoses now exceed motor vehicle-related deaths, a new report shows. Around 44,000 people die from drug overdoses each year, it says.

Life June 18, 2015

Adderall Being Abused By Adults For Workplace Productivity? Report Says 'Yes'

Drugs normally prescribed for ADHD in children are being abused by adults in the workplace to increase productivity. What is driving abuse of Adderall and other prescription stimulants?

Life April 20, 2015

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