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America, it’s time to clean out your medicine cabinet. Those old, expired, dangerous prescription drugs that you no longer need and are wondering how to get rid of safely – and anonymously – and for free? Mark your calendars for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, for National Prescription Take-Back Day. Collection sites and times are posted at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback. This is the sixth time in three years that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has offered this event. Last year Americans …
What the heck is going on with doctors in some parts of the country who prescribe risky drugs for older adults? According to an analysis of more than 6 million seniors on Medicare Advantage, more than 20 percent are prescribed at least one high-risk medication. The problem is most common in the South, among women, and in relatively poor areas, report public health researchers with Brown University. Risky medications are ones that health authorities have specifically recommended against prescribing to …
A study published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows many prescription drugs could have a longer shelf life than assumed, in some cases much longer. But while the results could have important implications for drug companies, researchers are quick to caution consumers against applying the findings to their own medicine cabinets.
Talk about frightening: Only 3 percent of online pharmacies meet state and federal laws, yet a new government survey finds that one in four Internet customers has purchased prescription medications from a pharmacy they found online. At the same time, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), nearly 30 percent surveyed said they lack confidence in making safe online medication purchases. As proof of the problem, the FDA announced this week that they have cracked down on thousands of online …
One in four Americans over age 45 take the cholesterol-lowering drugs collectively known as statins. Recently, some researchers have raised concern that these drugs could increase diabetes risk, especially among post-menopausal women or people taking high statin doses. But a large new analysis shows that the cardiovascular benefits of statins outweigh diabetes concerns, even for high-risk groups.
An experimental treatment for Alzheimer’s disease has turned out to be a disappointment in the first finished late-stage study, manufacturer Pfizer said Monday. Called bapineuzumab, it’s one of three Alzheimer’s treatments currently in clinical trials that some have been calling our “last hope” for drugs that slow the progression of the disease.