Mount Carmel Hospital System physician, Dr. William Husel, is accused of prescribing high levels of pain medications that led to the deaths of 28 patients.
Drugs & Medical Devices
Prescription opioids have been identified as significant contributors to the overdose epidemic. There may be a need for new alternatives for cancer treatment.
New study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association states drug advertising has skyrocketed across all mediums over the years.
The Trump administration is proposing changes to insurance that may increase the out-of-pocket cost of some brand-name drugs. This would mean that patients who are unwilling to opt for generics will pay more for their prescriptions.
More and more Americans are ingesting a deadly combination of both sedatives and opioids. Canadian researchers analyzed data from eight U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey cycles between 1999 and 2014 and discovered the combined use of both opioids and benzodiazepines increased 250 percent during this period, while the combined use of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs rose a shocking 850 percent.
The recall of three popular blood pressure drugs has lead to a look at overseas manufacturing issues.
Babies are being born to opioid-addicted mothers at alarming rates. One Massachusetts family is doing their part to help by fostering these children, and even adopting a few. They hope to inspire more families to do the same.
New York City has added the CVS, Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid as defendants in its lawsuit previously filed. Besides Purdue Pharma LP, the list of defendants named in NYC’s suit includes long-time opioid manufacturers Allergan Plc, Endo International Plc, Johnson & Johnson, and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., and distributors AmerisourceBergen Corp, Cardinal Health Inc and McKesson Corp. The City is seeking $500 million.
As the opioid crisis worsens, safety measures to help avoid over-prescribing are necessary. PDMPs and pharmacist/physician education are two means of tackling the issue.