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Painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction

Painkiller Addiction

Sales of the nation's two most popular prescription painkillers have exploded in new parts of the country, an Associated Press analysis shows, worrying experts who say the push to relieve patients' suffering is spawning an addiction epidemic....


Merck to pay nearly $1 billion to settle U.S. charges

Merck to pay nearly $1 billion to settle U.S. charges

Merck & Co will pay roughly $950 million to settle criminal and civil charges that it promoted the painkiller drug Vioxx for an unapproved use, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday.


Deaths from painkiller overdose triple in decade

A new government report shows the number of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers have more than tripled over a decade....


CDC links prescription painkillers in pregnancy to birth defects

Moms-to-be who take prescription opioid painkillers such as codeine, hydrocodone or oxycodone (Oxycontin) may increase the risk of birth defects ...


U.S. agency orders lowering pain reliever in Vicodin

U.S. agency orders lowering pain reliever in Vicodin

Federal health regulators are limiting a key ingredient found in Vicodin, Percocet and other prescription painkillers that have been linked to ...


9 million bottles of Tylenol recalled

Johnson & Johnson said on Wednesday that it was recalling 9 million more bottles of its Tylenol painkiller because they did not adequately warn customers about the presence of trace amounts of alcohol used in the product flavorings.


F.D.A. Pulls Painkiller Due to Risks

The maker of the painkiller Darvon is pulling the drug off the market at the request of public health officials who say the 50-year-old pill causes potentially deadly heart rhythms.


States linking prescription databases, fight abuse

Starting next year, dozens of states will begin knitting together databases to watch prescription drug abuse, from powerful painkillers to diet pills.


J&J CEO faces U.S. lawmakers over string of recalls

Johnson & Johnson's massive recall of faulty medicines, including a quiet buyback of its Motrin painkiller, has angered U.S. lawmakers who will question the company's chief executive and a senior health regulator on Thursday.


Tylenol tied to childhood asthma

A pair of studies suggests that the common painkiller acetaminophen -- better known as Tylenol in the U.S. -- may be fueling a worldwide increase in asthma.


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