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Kentucky Officials Allege Pain Medicine Maker to Blame for Abuse Epidemic

The Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal reports that officials in Kentucky have “traced the roots” of the state’s pain medicine abuse epidemic to OxyContin (oxycodone), and have been “forging ahead with a civil lawsuit that seeks to make drugmaker Purdue Pharma pay.” The suit … Continue reading

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American Cancer Society Attributes Cancer Drop Partly to Reduced Smoking

The American Cancer Society issued a press release about its annual cancer statistics report Tuesday, and it focused on “a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades” that averted “more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Blood Pressure Kiosks May Not Show Correct Results

HealthDay reported the FDA warned that blood-pressure kiosks available in public places such as pharmacies and grocery stores may not show accurate results if the “cuff is too small or too large for your arm.” Luke Herbertson, a biomedical engineer at … Continue reading

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Court Documents Reveal Opioid Makers’ Spending on Physicians

Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported that a Federal judge has “unsealed previously secret details in a lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago against five makers of opioid painkillers.” Details reveal the “amounts the companies paid to doctors to promote their drugs and how … Continue reading

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FDA Asks Herbalife to Remove Video Implying Supplements Have Agency Approval

The New York Post reported that the FDA sent a letter dated Dec. 17 to Herbalife, asking the company to stop airing a video which “the regulator claims gives the false impression that its weight-loss shakes and other products have gotten” the … Continue reading

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Study Raises Questions Over Law Designed to Speed Approval of Medicines

The Wall Street Journal reports a study unveiled in Health Affairs found that after a law passed in 1992 to accelerate the approval of pharmaceutical products, the number of safety warnings and product withdrawals rose, raising questions whether the law has led … Continue reading

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Five Things Every Senior Should Know about Medications as They Age in Order to Stay Safe

Prescription medications have become an important part of today’s healthcare, especially for seniors. Blood pressure medications, cholesterol medication and heart medications are routinely prescribed for many seniors, and many other drugs are available to treat a variety of conditions. As … Continue reading

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Four Injuries Affecting Seniors that Might Entitle Them to Legal Compensation

Growing older means that the number of potential threats that a person might encounter increases substantially. Everything from defective drugs to injuries resulting from falls threaten individuals as they reach that “golden age.” While preventing everything that could go wrong … Continue reading

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Stryker’s OtisMed Pleads Guilty to Selling Unapproved Medical Devices

The AP reports from New York that the medical device maker Stryker “will pay about $80 million to end a federal investigation into its acquisition of a company that the U.S. said was marketing a product that hadn’t been approved by regulators.” … Continue reading

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CDC Says American Smoking Rate Drops To 17%

The Hill reports that the US smoking rate dropped to 17 percent in 2013, the lowest level ever and down from around 21 percent in 2005, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Tim McAfee, director … Continue reading

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