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Dr. Oz Defends Himself Against Critical Letter Written to Columbia

April 20, 2015 8:51 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

The TV personality responded to the letter Friday evening. Read more...

Physicians Want Dr. Oz Gone From Columbia Medical Faculty

April 17, 2015 10:49 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | News | Comments

Columbia University has not removed TV celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz from his faculty position as a...

Ending Religious Waivers for Vaccines Back for Heated Debate

April 15, 2015 11:57 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

California lawmakers are preparing for another round of heated talks Wednesday on whether the...

California Vaccine Bill Sparks Acidic Debate

April 13, 2015 11:49 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California bill that would sharply limit vaccination waivers after a measles outbreak at...

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Investigating Overuse of Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia Patients

April 13, 2015 11:33 am | by Rutgers University | News | Comments

Rutgers will take the lead in a three-year study that will investigate the effectiveness of federal and state initiatives to address overprescribing of antipsychotic medications for dementia patients in nursing homes. Read more...

Prosecutors Seek Congressional Probe of Supplement Industry

April 7, 2015 11:48 am | by Mary Esch - Associated Press | News | Comments

Fourteen attorneys general asked Congress to launch an investigation of the herbal supplements industry and to consider giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration stronger oversight of the industry, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced. Read more...

Making Adjustments After a Packaging Test Failure

April 2, 2015 9:01 am | by Ralph Nigro, Packaging Development Project Specialist, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Every day packages pour into offices and homes. Yet, thoughts about the integrity of that package are rare, unless there is a glaring hole or tear in the primary packaging. When dealing with medical packaging, however, failures are serious business and may compromise patient safety. Read more...

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Pill Manufacturing – A Second Revolution?

April 1, 2015 9:56 am | by Paul Roossin, Science Director Nanotronics Imaging | Articles | Comments

Pills have been used to deliver a measured medicinal dose for over three millennia. When the British artist, inventor, and watchmaker William Brockedon produced a compression machine for graphite to produce a better pencil lead, his invention was noticed by a savvy pharmaceutical company who hired him to retool the instrument to produce tablets. Read more...

White House Releases Plan to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

March 27, 2015 12:58 pm | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | News | Comments

The White House has revealed today its comprehensive plan to tackle antibiotic resistance within the next five years, according to a copy of the 60-page report, which was reviewed by Reuters. Read more...

Indiana Governor Overrides Law to Authorize Needle Exchange

March 27, 2015 10:32 am | by Rick Callahan, AP | News | Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Read more...

Non-FDA Approved Hormone Therapies on the Rise

March 25, 2015 9:36 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

Use of potentially risky, non-FDA approved hormone therapies may soon be as common as use of FDA-approved hormone therapies, according to a study by University of Virginia gynecology researcher JoAnn Pinkerton. Read more..

Blood Test for Patients on Acne Medication Deemed Unnecessary

March 23, 2015 10:58 am | by Brigham and Women's Hospital | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) has found that for young, healthy women taking spironolactone to treat hormonal acne, frequent office visits and blood draws are an unnecessary health care expense. Read more...

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Behind the Measles Outbreak

March 19, 2015 1:12 pm | by Tom Ulrich, Harvard University | News | Comments

Inadequate vaccine coverage is likely a driving force behind the ongoing Disneyland measles outbreak, according to calculations by a research team at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.

23andMe FDA Approval Clears Way for More Sequencing-Based Tests

March 17, 2015 12:17 pm | News | Comments

​Kalorama information suggests that the FDA approval of a rare gene test from Mountain View, Calif.-based personal genetics company 23andMe will open the way for more genetic tests sold to consumers or prescribed by doctors that use next-generation sequencing technology. Read more...

American Who Contracted Ebola Now in Critical Condition

March 17, 2015 8:41 am | by Brett Zongker, Associated Press | News | Comments

An American health care worker who contracted Ebola while volunteering in a Sierra Leone treatment unit has been downgraded to critical condition at the National Institutes of Health, doctors said Monday. Read more...

Oncologists Share Reasons for Cancer Drugs' High Cost, Recommend Solutions

March 16, 2015 11:18 am | News | Comments

Increasingly high prices for cancer drugs are affecting patient care in the U.S. and the American health care system overall, say the authors of a special article published online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more...

New Sign-Up Under Health Care Law Gets Lukewarm Reception

March 16, 2015 10:50 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Several million people hit with new federal fines for going without health insurance are getting a second chance to sign up, and that could ease the sting of rising penalties for being uninsured. Read more....

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Studies Boost Hopes for New Class of Cholesterol Drugs

March 16, 2015 10:00 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart attacks, death and other heart-related problems. The government will decide this summer whether to allow two of these drugs on the market. Read more...

More Children at Risk of Measles in Wake of Ebola Epidemic

March 13, 2015 9:30 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Ebola's toll moved beyond 10,000 deaths Thursday even as researchers warned of yet another threat to hard-hit West Africa. Read more...

Washington State Mandate Will Raise Prescription Drug Costs for State Programs, Employers, Unions

March 12, 2015 1:51 pm | News | Comments

A bill (S.B. 5857) in the Washington legislature would force employers, unions, taxpayers, and public programs to pay drugstores more for prescription drugs, the Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) said today. Read more...

Rising Price of Heroin-Overdose Antidote Worries Advocates

March 10, 2015 12:52 pm | by Geoff Mulvihill and Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press | News | Comments

Price hikes are curtailing access to a popular form of an antidote to heroin overdoses, with costs doubling in the past year and the manufacturer's stock price rising by 70 percent since it went public. Read more...

FDA: Seizure, Alcohol Risk with Pfizer’s Chantix

March 10, 2015 11:59 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined it will not reduce the severity of its black-box warning about side effects associated with Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug. Read more...                                                

Array Announces Completion Of Binimetinib, Encorafenib Transactions

March 3, 2015 4:37 pm | News | Comments

Array will receive $85 million upfront payment from Novartis. Read more...                              

Health Officials Perplexed by Vaccination Skeptics

March 3, 2015 4:22 pm | by Mike Stobbe, Associated Press | News | Comments

Certain that they are right, struggling to find ways to get their message across, public health officials are exasperated by their inability to convince more U.S. parents to vaccinate their children. Read more...

Experts “Say No” to Behavior-Calming Drugs for Alzheimer's patients

March 3, 2015 12:14 pm | by University of Michigan | News | Comments

Doctors write millions of prescriptions a year for drugs to calm the behavior of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. But non-drug approaches actually work better, and carry far fewer risks, experts conclude in a new report. Read more...

Half of Doctors Surveyed Use Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

March 3, 2015 11:32 am | News | Comments

In a new survey, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that physicians report relatively high awareness of state databases that track drug prescriptions but more than one-fifth indicated they were not aware of their state’s program at all. Read more...

Roche Launches Next-Generation HBV Viral Load Assay in Select Markets

March 3, 2015 9:09 am | News | Comments

The new assay offers broad coverage of all known Hepatitis B (HBV) genotypes (A-H) with high sensitivity, across all critical medical decision points. Read more...                

TSRI Team Shows How Rare Antibody Targets Ebola, Marburg Viruses

February 27, 2015 1:20 pm | by Scripps Research Institute | News | Comments

Marburg virus is Ebola’s deadly cousin. The virus is up to 90 percent lethal—and doctors are desperate for tools to fight it. Read more...

Panel: Use New Meningitis Vaccines Only For Outbreaks

February 27, 2015 12:58 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students. Read more...

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