Latest Prescription drug Stories

2012-06-16 00:58:39

Each year, an estimated 4 million Americans experience adverse reactions to prescription medications. Many of these reactions, ranging from mild rashes and drowsiness to hospitalization and death, could be avoided if warning labels were more effective, according to a Michigan State University study. When patients are handed a new prescription, few read the critical warning labels such as “do not consume alcohol while taking this medication” or “for external use...

2012-06-02 07:51:40

A decreasing number of generic drug makers due to mergers within the pharmaceutical industry is being blamed for a shortage in many different types of medicines, including some cancer drugs, Anna Yukhananov of Reuters reported on Friday. According to Yukhananov, there are a couple of hundred different types of medicine that are currently facing shortages at medical facilities such as Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, including nausea and nutrition drugs, infection treatments, diarrhea pills,...

2012-05-31 13:17:51

Penn researcher calls for expansion of programs to identify potential drug abusers and protect pain patients Individual use of prescription opioids has increased four-fold since the mid-1990s, in part due to increased awareness of pain control for chronic conditions such as low back pain and fibromyalgia and a Joint Commission mandate that hospitals assess patients' pain as a "vital sign" along with their blood pressure and temperature. During the same timeframe, however, the number of...

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