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

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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

FDA considers toning down side effects disclaimers on prescription drug ads

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering overhauling regulations for television and radio advertisements for prescription drugs, possibly reducing the long list of potential side effects in an effort not to tune out or scare off consumers. Drug manufacturers are required to disclose major adverse reactions to the drugs they are promoting in their advertisements. In some cases, the rundown of side effects consumes a large portion of the ad itself, which the FDA worries may leave viewers a bit glassy eyed and oblivious to the message. Those potential side effects can also sound alarming – in some cases ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

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Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More

4 prescription drugs that can be dangerous to your health

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Doctors prescribe medication to help relieve symptoms, clear up infections, or prevent or control serious health problems. However, even well-intending drugs can cause serious and even life threatening side effects that people should be aware of. Here’s a list of commonly prescribed medications and their potential adverse effects. 1. Type 2 diabetes drugs – Diabetics rely on these drugs to help keep their blood sugar levels in check. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia and neuropathy, to name a few. But these drugs can carry cancer risks. Studies have linked the widely ... Read More

FDA warns of fraudulent online pharmacies selling stolen, counterfeit drugs

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Websites that illegally sell prescription drugs may not only be selling counterfeit medications and drugs with undisclosed ingredients, they could also put consumers at risk for non-health related issues such as identity theft, computer viruses, and credit card fraud, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The FDA is working with national and international regulatory and law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal pharmacy websites, and wants consumers to be aware of these fraudulent companies when ordering medications online, particularly websites that claim to be Canadian pharmacies. In June, the agency announced that 1,677 illegal pharmacy websites had been ... Read More

FDA new rule would make generic drug companies accountable for safety of their drugs

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking a new rule to close a loophole that prevents manufacturers of generic drugs from adequately warning patients of potentially harmful side effects, and the public is encouraged to weigh in on the plan. About 80 percent of all prescription drugs sold today are generic versions of brand-name drugs. Generics are required to bear the same safety labels as their branded counterparts. However, manufacturers of generic drugs cannot by law independently update their labels if the company becomes aware of new information about the drug, nor can they be held accountable if their ... Read More

FDA warns consumers against unapproved diabetes treatments

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to fall for products that claim to prevent, treat and even cure diabetes because they may contain harmful ingredients or be otherwise unsafe. These illegal products can pose an additional risk if they cause consumers to delay or discontinue effective treatments for diabetes. Without proper diabetes management, diabetics are at greater risk for developing serious health complications. The FDA has launched a new initiative to stop the sale of these bogus diabetes products and has issued warning letters to 15 companies to let them know selling these products is in violation of ... Read More

Generic drug maker settles whistleblower case for $500 million

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MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama Attorney General’s office announced Tuesday that it participated with other states and the federal government in a $500-million settlement with India-based generic drug manufacturer Ranbaxy to resolve civil and criminal allegations that company for years made and sold dozens of adulterated prescription drugs. The company’s willful manufacture of 26 generic prescription drugs below the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) standards for strength, purity, and quality resulted in fraudulent claims submitted to Alabama’s Medicaid Agency as well as other state and federal health care programs. “This settlement sends a strong message to international drug manufacturers that they ... Read More

Prescription drug deaths rise for 11th consecutive year

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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

Olsen twins decorate line of handbags with prescription pills

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America’s love of prescription drugs sometimes manifests in bizarre, unexpected ways. In December, various fashion and entertainment media reported that diva twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen released a line of black patent-leather crocodile skin handbags studded not with precious stones but with … prescription pills? Ironically, an undisclosed portion of the proceeds from the controversial handbags, which retailed in limited quantities at $55,000 each, were donated to UNICEF, the arm of the United Nations Fund devoted to the well-being of children. Perhaps glamorizing drug use by attaching multicolored capsule and tablet appliques to designer handbags wouldn’t be so strange if it were ... Read More