• FDA approves $84,000 a treatment hepatitis C drug

    By Associated Press Posted: December 7, 2013 – 9:30 am ET Tags: Associated Press (AP), Pharmaceuticals, Physicians, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)   U.S. health officials have approved a highly anticipated hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences that is expected to offer a faster, more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying virus. The Food and… Read more »

  • Improved medication use could have saved $200 billion, IMS study shows

    By Jaimy Lee Posted: June 19, 2013 – 8:00 am ET An estimated $200 billion could have been saved last year if patients and clinicians improved the way they use medications, according to a new study from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.Medication nonadherence, misuse of antibiotics and other so-called “avoidable costs” lead to millions of unnecessary… Read more »

  • FDA panel favors easing safety limits on Avandia

    By Associated Press Posted: June 6, 2013 – 5:00 pm ET Federal health experts are recommending changes to safety restrictions on former blockbuster diabetes pill Avandia, in light of a new analysis suggesting that the drug may not increase the risk of heart attack as much as previously thought. A majority on a Food and Drug… Read more »

  • FDA: Morning-after pill to move over the counter

    By Associated Press Posted: April 30, 2013 – 6:30 pm ET The government is moving the morning-after pill over the counter but only those 15 and older can buy it — an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive. Today, Plan B… Read more »

  • Painful side effects

    Painful side effects Drug-abuse problems evade paltry anti-fraud efforts in Medicare Part D  Modern Healthcare By Joe Carlson Posted: April 12, 2013 – 12:01 am ET Tags: Fraud, Legal, Medicare, Pharmaceuticals, Regular Feature   The abuse of prescription painkillers causes more fatalities than heroin and cocaine use combined—more than 40 deaths every day. Yet programs that could stop the types of… Read more »