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More children taking prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions

American children are taking more medications than ever before to treat chronic conditions, according to the 2010 Medco Drug Trend Report, raising the question, “How safe are these drugs for children?” The drug trend report looked at prescription drug spending growth between 2001 and 2009 and found that prescription drug use among children has grown four times higher than the overall population. More than one in four insured kids and nearly 30 percent of adolescents (10-19 years of age) took at least one prescription medication to treat chronic conditions. The most substantial increases were seen in the use of antipsychotic, ... Read More

Chronic cough may be symptom of GERD

Sufferers of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, often experience symptoms such as heartburn and a sour taste in the mouth. But nearly half of all people with GERD have no symptoms except a chronic cough. Most people dismiss the idea that they even have the acid reflux condition because they have none of the classic symptoms, but many sufferers of chronic cough may find relief when treating themselves for GERD. One man wrote to popular medical question-and-answer columnist Dr. Gott about his dry, hacking cough that seemed to last the entire winter. His allergist gave him a thorough ... Read More

Ruling: patients may sue generic drug makers under state law

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has found in favor with a lower court that patients may sue generic drug makers under state law for failing to provide adequate warnings about potential side effects with their drugs. The ruling extends a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling governing makers of name-brand drugs. The issue of whether generic drug companies should be held liable for not adequately warning consumers has divided several district courts, which can increase the odds of a Supreme Court review in the future, according to U.S. Circuit Judge Patrick Higginbotham. The Fifth Circuit upheld a lower court ... Read More