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Supreme Court ruling protects generic drug companies

Makers of generic drugs are not required to warn patients if they receive reports of new side effects from the drugs, according to a new Supreme Court decision. This ruling protects generic drug makers from being sued under state liability laws for failing to warn patients of these new dangers. Comparatively, makers of brand-name drugs are required to report any adverse events associated with their medications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These possible side effects are included in an FDA-approved safety label that tells doctors and patients of the possible adverse events. The brand-name drug company has exclusive ... Read More

Painkillers, diabetes drugs among most prescribed medications

The top 10 most prescribed drugs in America include pills to treat pain, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, according to a report published this week by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The best selling drug with more than 131 prescriptions dispensed was hydrocodone, the generic version of the painkiller Vicodin. The report also showed a new trend in prescription drugs. For the first time ever, less expensive generic drugs dominated brand name medications, making up 78 percent of all drugs sold in the United States in 2010. The cost savings in generics also drove down drug spending, ... Read More