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 •  February 8

President Trump told some whoppers in this week’s State of the Union speech: His tax cuts were the biggest ever (they weren’t), he has added 2.4 million new jobs (only if you count former President Obama’s last few months in office), wages are finally rising (they’ve been slowly but steadily climbing for years).But the one that really got my...

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 •  January 31

As more experimental drugs fail to stop Alzheimer's from destroying human memory, experts now wonder whether research into the devastating brain disease has been marching in the wrong direction.
In recent weeks, a pair of high-profile disappointments have been reported, including one announced on a trial of the Eli Lily drug solanezumab.
Now,...

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 •  November 9, 2017

Should the Pentagon be allowed to authorize the use of unapproved drugs and medical devices on an emergency basis for combat soldiers?That question has sparked a furious battle this week among some of Washington's biggest power players, with the Defense Department and its congressional advocates on one side and the Food and Drug Administration and...

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 •  November 8, 2017

U.S. officials sent a warning to the marijuana industry, alerting online sellers they cannot market their products as a treatment for cancer.The Food and Drug Administration sent letters to four companies on Tuesday, warning them about unsubstantiated claims that their marijuana-derived products can combat tumors and kill cancer cells. The firms...

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 •  November 7, 2017

Nearly two dozen Wisconsin counties are suing makers of prescription painkillers, alleging in a federal lawsuit Tuesday that the companies' "nefarious and deceptive" marketing campaigns precipitated the nation's opioid overdose epidemic.The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages and says the county health and law enforcement services "have been...

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 •  September 20, 2017

Hospital pharmacist Mandy Langston remembers when Lulabelle Berry arrived at Stone County Medical Center's emergency department last year.
Berry couldn't talk. Her face was drooping on one side. Her eyes couldn't focus.
"She was basically unresponsive," Langston recalls.
Berry, 78, was having a severe ischemic stroke. Each passing second made...

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 •  August 18, 2017

(Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune) Many Illinois consumers stopping by a drugstore to pick up a new prescription soon will be hearing a lot more from the pharmacist. Pharmacists throughout the state are being required to counsel customers who seek to fill orders for new medications or need changes in their longtime prescriptions — a mandate that...

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 •  August 18, 2017

An Arizona drug company has agreed to pay Illinois $4.45 million to settle allegations that it deceptively marketed and sold a prescription opioid drug for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The settlement became official Friday, about two weeks after the chief financial officer for the drug company, Insys Therapeutics,...

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 •  August 9, 2017

The Chicago Tribune tested 255 pharmacies to see how often stores would dispense risky drug pairs without warning patients. Fifty-two percent of the tested pharmacies sold the medications without mentioning the potential interaction. (Chicago Tribune) CVS says it has upgraded its computer alert system at pharmacies nationwide to better protect...

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 •  August 4, 2017

An Arizona drug company is preparing to spend as much as $4.5 million to potentially settle a lawsuit brought against it by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleging the company pushed doctors to prescribe its opioid painkiller beyond its intended use. The potential settlement comes as states and municipalities increasingly are suing opioid...