Medicine


Express Scripts to Limit Opioids; Doctors Concerned

Express Scripts, the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit manager will soon limit the number and strength of opioid drugs prescribed to first-time users as part of a wide-ranging effort to curb…

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Teva Earnings Drop, Share Price Tumbles

After registering dismal second-quarter results, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries announced a global belt-tightening on Thursday that will see thousands of layoffs and factory closings in 45 countries, Globes reported. News that…

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A Strong 2Q for Merck, Outlook Mixed

Sustained cost cuts helped push Merck’s second-quarter profit up 61 percent, easily topping Wall Street expectations, as growing sales of new cancer and hepatitis C medicines offset growing generic competition…

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Could Prozac Be a Treatment for Children With Autism?

After drinking mother’s milk spiked with the antidepressant Prozac for 19 days, infant mice bred to mimic the distinctive behaviors and brain abnormalities seen in autism experienced dramatic improvements in…

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Supreme Court Sides With Bristol-Myers in Plavix Lawsuit

The Supreme Court says hundreds of out-state-residents can’t sue drugmaker Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in California state court over adverse reactions to the blood thinner Plavix. The justices ruled 8-1 Monday…

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Teva Migraine Drugs Pass Tests

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has racked up successes in clinical trials of a drug for treatment of chronic and acute migraine headaches, Globes reported on Sunday. The company announced that patients…

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Health Ministry Seeks to Stem Medical Lab Crisis

The Health Ministry is acting to stave off what officials said was a coming crisis among workers in medical labs. The workers, who are employed by hospitals and health-care providers…

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I Almost Killed My Mom With an Anti-Itch Pill

Nobody wants to kill her own mother by accident. Luckily, mine pulled through. As teachable moments go, this one was huge. I learned that once you or someone you know…

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Teva Trumpets FDA Approval of Chorea Treatment

Teva Pharmaceutical announced on Tuesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AUSTEDO (deutetrabenazine) tablets for the treatment of chorea associated with Huntington’s disease (HD). “Chorea associated…

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