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 •  September 20

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

(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

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

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

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...

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 •  July 21

(WU HONG / EPA) Albert Yee said the coffee was everywhere you looked in the densely packed vendor stalls along avenues in Malaysian cities: an instant mix with a natural ingredient similar to what's found in Viagra that helps men with erectile dysfunction. And he wanted a piece of the action. "There are whole streets of it, like tequila in Mexico,"...

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 •  July 15

In 2016, a team of Tribune reporters found many Chicago area pharmacies shockingly lax in warning customers of potentially dangerous drug interactions. The resulting series, titled "Dangerous Doses," revealed that more than half the pharmacies reporters visited failed to warn of a possibly risky or fatal prescription drug mix. More than half. That...

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 •  June 22

(Jeff Swensen / Getty Images) A majority of Mylan investors voted against the drugmaker's 2016 compensation program following a $97.6 million reported package for Chairman Robert Coury and controversy over prices for the company's EpiPen allergy treatment. The vote marks the second time that a majority of investors have rejected the company's pay...

A drug called Xeloda can extend the lives of some women whose breast cancer is not wiped out by standard treatment, a new clinical trial finds. Oncologists said the results are "practice-changing." "This drug is already approved, and we've been using it for a long time in cancer treatment," said Dr. Stephen Malamud, an oncologist at Mount Sinai in...

Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected — sometimes life-threatening — side effects or complications, according to a new analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Researchers looked at potential problems that cropped up during the routine monitoring...