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DEA introduces new drug take-back program to combat prescription drug abuse

A new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rule aims to combat a growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction and abuse by authorizing pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and others to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription medications. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the new regulation will help save lives and protect families from the dangers of prescription drug misuse. In 2011, unintentional prescription drug overdoses accounted for more than half of the 41,300 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Prescription opioids, which are increasingly prescribed for pain relief, are particularly addictive and likely to be abused. Opioid pain killer overdose caused ... Read More

Prescription drug deaths rise for 11th consecutive year

The number of prescription drug-induced deaths rose for the 11th straight year, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis. Most of the drug deaths were accidents involving potent painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin. “This is a big problem that has gotten much worse quickly,” said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden. Prescription drug deaths continue to rise despite efforts to raise awareness of the risks among doctors and patients. The CDC reported a total of 38,329 drug-overdose fatalities nationwide in 2010. Nearly 60 percent of those deaths involved medicines, most of them prescription drugs. In 2009, the ... Read More

Drug companies may delay, withhold trial data from medical journals

Missing data from clinical trials that test the safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs “distorts scientific record” and puts patients lives in danger, the British Medical Journal warns. The medical publication, which serves as a resource for policy makers and doctors, released several papers looking into the problem of unpublished trial data. One study from Yale University found that fewer than half of the 635 National Institutes of Health-funded trials were published in peer-reviewed medical journals within 30 months of trial completion. This includes experimental drugs as well as those already licensed on the market. Lead researcher Joseph Ross said ... Read More

Do drug companies cover up data about drugs’ safety, efficacy?

Clinical trials testing experimental and currently marketed pharmaceutical drugs help determine the medication’s safety and efficacy. This information is vital to policy makers and doctors, who generally read about these studies in peer-reviewed medical journals. But only a fraction of data from these clinical trails is ever published, a travesty that both “distorts scientific record” and puts patients lives at risk, the British Medical Journal warns. The British Medical Journal recently released several papers looking into the problem of unpublished data, including one study from Yale University, which found that fewer than half of the 635 the clinical trials funded ... Read More

Four common drugs cause most emergency hospitalizations, CDC says

A new study conducted by researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that four common prescription drugs – two blood thinners and two diabetes medications – are responsible for the majority of emergency room visits in the United States. According to the study, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, warfarin, oral antiplatelet medications, insulins, and oral hypoglycemic agents account for two-thirds of emergency hospitalizations annually. “Of the thousands of medications available to older patients, [these] medications caused a high proportion of emergency hospitalizations for adverse drug events among elderly Americans,” said ... Read More

Prescription drug overdose and abuse now the leading cause of death in U.S.

Public health experts are warning that an epidemic of pharmaceutical drug injuries has broken out nationwide, likely fueled by the ever-growing number of prescriptions written for the relief of pain and anxiety. According to preliminary data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of drug deaths exceeded the number of traffic fatalities in the U.S. for the first time in 2009, becoming the leading cause of death in the U.S. At least 37,485 people died from prescription drug injuries in 2009 — 1201 more than the number of people killed in traffic accidents during the same ... Read More

Johnson and Johnson earnings expected to rise despite recalls

Johnson & Johnson has ridden a wave of uncertainty over the past year with countless recalls of consumer health products, over-the-counter drugs and medical devices, and talks of acquisitions of more subsidiaries. Those issues have been reflected on the company’s waning earnings. But this week, analysts reported that they expect the company to post slightly higher earnings and sales this quarter. Analysts polled by FactSet Research say J&J should post earnings of $1.25 a share on revenue of $16.21 billion. In comparison, for the 2010 quarter, J&J reported earnings of $1.23 a share on revenue of $15.34 billion. J&J puts ... Read More