Prescription Drug | featured news

US medicine spending shows rare dip

Total U.S. spending on prescription medicines declined last year, a first in more than half a century. The dip was 1 percent, to $325.8 billion — a 3.5 percent drop after accounting for population growth and economic expansion, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.


Psych meds linked to 90% of school shootings

While guns have been a common denominator in mass slayings at schools by teens, there’s another familiar element that seems increasingly to be minimized. Some 90 percent of school shootings over more than a decade have been linked to a widely prescribed type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, according to British psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a founder of, an independent website for researching and reporting on prescription drugs.


Poll: Medicare prescription drug program popular

Here's one program candidates aren't likely to mess with: The Medicare prescription drug plan. A new poll sponsored by a health care group shows that 90% of seniors are satisfied with the program known as Medicare Part D, and approval has constantly risen since the plan came on line in 2006.


Walgreen pays $6.7 billion for Alliance Boots stake

Drug retailer Walgreen Co is buying a 45 percent stake in European health and beauty group Alliance Boots for $6.7 billion in cash and stock, creating the world's biggest buyer of prescription drugs.


Newborns battling drug withdrawal


Heart-wrenching cries echo through the halls of the neonatal intensive care unit at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Nearly half of the newborn babies in the hospital's NICU are suffering from prescription drug withdrawal.


Prescription Painkiller Abuse: More Than 70% Get Drugs From Friends Or Family, Study Finds

More than 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers obtain the drugs from friends or relatives, usually with permission and for free, according to a government study to be released on Wednesday.


Whitney Houston death: 'too early' to confirm drug link

Whitney Houston

Los Angeles County coroner's officials said Monday they have not established a link between prescription drugs and the death of Whitney Houston, adding such a determination could only come after toxicology tests are completed.


‘Morning-after pill’ advocates take their case to Obama’s science adviser

Advocates for unfettered access to the “morning-after pill” Plan B One-Step took their case to President Obama’s chief science adviser Friday, asking him to find out the basis for the administration’s controversial decision last month to continue requiring that young girls get the drug only by prescription.


Study: Americans' use of antidepressants on the rise

Study: Americans' use of antidepressants on the rise

Americans are popping more antidepressants than ever before, and non-psychiatrists are increasingly willing to prescribe the drugs to patients ...


Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents

Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents

The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet....


Subscribe to this RSS topic: Syndicate content