Prescription Drugs

New eczema treatment offers hope for devastating skin disease

Mar 29 2017 - 2:37pm
New drug approved by FDA for eczema treatment.

The FDA has approved a new drug designed to treat moderate to severe cases of eczema that fail to respond to other options, such as topical applications. The price of the medication high, but help is available, offering hope for patients with moderate to severe eczema.

Eczema is a skin condition that has a major impact on a person's quality of life, depending on the severity.

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Hair loss, prostate drugs could mean persistent sex problems not reported in trials

Mar 10 2017 - 9:07pm
Drug trials failed to disclose side effect of prostate, hair loss drugs

Prescription drugs used to treat men's hair loss and enlarged prostate could have unintended side effects that were never reported in clinical trials.

The study that was carried out by Northwestern University researchers found the longer men take the drugs the greater the chance of erectile dysfunction.

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Do these 5 things to save on Medicare prescription costs

Mar 2 2017 - 12:00pm
5 ways to save on Medicare prescriptions drugs that you can do now

Prescription medications can be costly, especially for Medicare recipients with limited income. If you are on multiple medications, cost can easily add up with co-payments. There are steps you can take to help cut down on drug costs.

Here are 5 things you can do to save on Medicare prescription drug costs starting now.

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How mesalamine works to treat ulcerative colitis newly discovered

Jan 25 2017 - 9:16am
Mesalamine and ulcerative colitis: How the medication works uncovered by researchers

Mesalmine is commonly prescribed for treating ulcerative colitis, but until now researchers were unsure how the medication worked to treat the inflammatory bowel disease.

The prescription has been used for approximately 70 years and for some is a mainstay treatment for the disease. What has been known is that mesalamine quells inflammation in the colon.

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Pharmaceutical industry fights back against Trump: This is their new look

Jan 24 2017 - 4:19am
pharmaceuticals, trump, drugs, industry

President Trump, has launched harsh words at the pharmaceutical industry over the high cost of prescription drugs and now they are fighting back with a new look. Trump has also successfully caused stock market prices in drug industry to drop.

Have you ever suffered as the result of high medication costs? Suffer no more, because Trump has promised to tear down the pharmaceutical industry's reign of terror.

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Known health effects of marijuana from extensive study review

Jan 16 2017 - 4:06pm
Marijuana health effects reviewed

Here are the results of a review of research of the good and not so good health effects of cannabis from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that you can read in twenty seconds.

The review includes marijuana and active cannabinoid compounds.

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Why You Should Not Ask Your Doctor for a Z-Pak

Oct 31 2016 - 3:15am
Patients are getting the wrong antibiotics, says study

A new study reveals that the most commonly prescribed drug for treating common ailments is the Z-Pak—but shouldn’t be. Here’s why.

Whenever you or your child comes down with an ear ache, a sore throat or a sinus pain, do you ask your doctor to prescribe a Z-Pak because that is what has worked in the past?

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Why the FDA is adding new warning about prescription testosterone

Oct 25 2016 - 8:50pm
FDA testosterone warning

Today the FDA announced new warnings about prescription testosterone that they say can cause addiction and serious health problems.

Testosterone is a synthetic form of the endogenous androgenic steroid testosterone that is converted to DHT in the body; Men taking steroids and testosterone at higher doses than prescribed are esp

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How Effective Are Prescription Weight Loss Drugs?

Jun 14 2016 - 2:00pm
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JAMA just published the results of an analysis of five prescription weight loss drugs when compared with placebo, and the findings may surprise you. Just how effective are prescription weight loss drugs and should you and your doctor consider them?

The five weight loss drugs studied (liraglutide [Saxenda],

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FDA Reminds Consumers that Taking Expired Meds Can Harm Your Health

Jan 16 2016 - 2:02am
Proper way to dispose of expired meds

Here’s the latest from the Food and Drug Administration on why taking expired meds can harm your health, and how to dispose of those expired meds properly.

It’s tempting to hang onto left-over medications in order to save money and/or treat yourself the next time you get sick to save yourself from having to make a trip to the clinic.

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NSAIDS Number 5 on the List of Top 10 Most Dangerous Drugs

Oct 21 2015 - 10:41am
NSAIDS drug risks and side effects

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) - Motrin, Bextra, Naproxen, Celebrex aspirin, Voltaren, Lodine, Indocin, Orudis, Toradol, Relafen, Daypro, Clinoril, Aleve or Naprosyn and others, are the most widely used drugs in the world. Most people experiencing mild to moderate pain, inflammation, cold and flu symptoms, menstrual pain or fever take NSAIDS and do so without really thinking of any dangers since most are available over the counter (OTC). The perception [4] is that they are innocuous, but that would be very far from the truth.

All NSAIDs work by blocking hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which are involved in pain and inflammation as well as many other bodily functions, including protecting the stomach linin

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Doctors warn about clear dangers of Xanax, Valium and related drugs

Oct 8 2015 - 10:08pm
Doctors group issues warning about benzodiazepine prescriptions

A new report highlights the dangers of nerve pills known as benzodiazepines that are commonly prescribed for sleep, anxiety and sometimes depression. Researchers are warning you may want to find other ways to reduce stress and anxiety because of a clear risk of dementia and death associated with anti-anxiety medications.

Helene Alphonso, DO, Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at North Texas University Health Science Center warns that some physicians still prescribe the drugs for treating anxiety, insomnia, O

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Do Statins Really Cause Memory Loss

Jun 8 2015 - 12:13pm
statins and memory loss

Questions about whether statin use is associated with memory loss have circulated for years. Now the results of a new study that looked at this question and involved about 1 million people have been published, but has the question been answered?

Various side effects have been noted from use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.

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First drug approved by FDA to treat radiation sickness

May 25 2015 - 12:29pm
FDA approves first ever drug for radiation sickness

The FDA has approved the first drug to treat radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear disaster. Approval of Neupogen®, is the result of research performed by scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) that showed the drug counteracts the effects of radiation to protect blood cells from destruction brought about by radiation that attacks bone marrow.

The study was carried out by Thomas J. MacVittie, PhD, professor, and Ann M.

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Maple syrup and antibiotics could make a good team

Apr 20 2015 - 8:36pm
Mixing maple syrup with antibiotics could help fight superbugs.

It seems possible that maple syrup could help humans fight infection. Researchers recently discovered maple syrup has properties that make antibiotics more effective and could help protect us from the threat of superbugs that have become resistant to antibiotics.

The finding that comes from researchers at McGill University could mean decreased use of antibiotics.

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Finding solutions to drug shortages

Apr 4 2015 - 6:24pm

Shortages of FDA-approved pharmaceuticals are increasing and creating more problems for patients and medical professionals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports that critical shortages are affecting a wide range of medications and products. Items ranging from intravenous (IV) saline bags to oncology drugs have been in short supply recently, but companies are trying to provide solutions to these issues.

The Food and Drug Administration explains that shortages of pharmaceuticals can happen for a variety of reasons including manufacturing issues, quality control problems and production delays.

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Drinking and Taking Prescription Drugs Common and Dangerous

Jan 19 2015 - 12:26pm
drinking and prescription drugs

We often hear about the dangers of drinking and driving, but drinking alcohol and taking prescription drugs is a common and dangerous combination as well. Do you know anyone who is following this harmful habit?

Think about family members and friends you know who are taking prescription medications for their heart, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, pain, or sleep problems.

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Could Texting Improve Prescription Compliance and Save Money?

Dec 7 2014 - 6:00pm
texting and prescription compliance

Texting is such a popular activity, why not capitalize on it as a way to help improve healthcare and save money. That is exactly what seems to be the conclusion of a recent study from Queen Mary University of London, in which the authors found that texting reminders to patients about taking their medications improved prescription compliance, which could lead to cost savings as well as save lives.

Will individuals really pay attention to such text messages?

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Prescription drugs cause more fatal crashes than cannabis

Jun 24 2014 - 10:21am
Car crash

There's been a great deal of concern about the high number of fatal car crashes caused by drivers who are high on alcohol or illicit marijuana. Clearly, the use of alcohol and marijuana alters perceptions in manners which undermines the ability to drive well. However, there has been an even bigger problem of fatal crashes emerging with the use of prescription drugs.

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Chronically ill poor Americans often must choose food over needed medicine

Mar 25 2014 - 12:17pm
Struggling in poverty

There are Americans who are so poor that they often can not afford needed medications. These Americans are often actually living in fear of not having enough food to eat if they buy certain needed medications. It appears in such cases these people either do not understand the possible welfare programs which could help them, or welfare programs which could benefit them in such a crisis situation are simply not available where they are living.

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FDA ruling cracks down on this popular pain reliever’s use

Jan 14 2014 - 10:01pm
 FDA recommends prescription combination products not contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen

The FDA has issued safety information to healthcare providers, recommending that they discontinue prescribing prescription combination products that contain more than 325 milligrams (mg) of acetaminophen per tablet or capsule. This is in hopes to reduce the chances for overdose and liver failure.

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Prescription drug abuse kills: action in 4 areas to lower abuse

Dec 27 2013 - 8:56pm
Prescription meds

There has been growing awareness of the power of prescription medications to kill. The problem is so serious it should be ranked alongside illicit drug abuse and alcohol abuse as primary critical health hazards in the United States and elsewhere across the world.

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Dextrose and 6 other medications that hospitals are scrambling to keep on their shelves

Nov 2 2013 - 11:10am
Hospital Drug Shortages

These seven drugs are running short in US hospitals. What is the cause of the drug shortage when considering the power of the pharmaceutical industry. How can we get them back to the hospital shelves.

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Internet drug purchases could be harmful to your health

Oct 23 2013 - 6:07pm
Caveat emptor! when ordering online

If you order prescription medications online, you may be purchasing an inferior ore even harmful product. Caveat emptor! (Latin for “let the buyer beware”). Most prescription drugs are expensive and many seniors who need them have limited funds for their purchase, even if they have a Medicare Part D prescription plan. Thus, some are lured into purchasing the drug from websites that often offer considerable savings. These sites range from completely legitimate ones such as drugstore.com to bogus ones that sell drugs that look exactly like the name brand but may contain harmful or ineffective ingredients. For example a website that advertises as a “Canadian pharmacy” may be located anywhere on the globe.

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Strategies to cut prescription costs for Medicare recipients

Oct 22 2013 - 2:16pm
Prescription meds can financilly impact seniors

A variety of strategies are available to curb the high cost of prescription medication; however, some are fraught with hazard and could be detrimental to one’s health. They include substituting a generic, enrolling in a Medicare Part D plan, and purchasing drugs on the Internet.

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