Pharmaceuticals

1:59pm

Mon June 17, 2013
The Two-Way

FTC Can Sue Firms In 'Pay For Delay' Drug Deals, Court Rules

The Supreme Court has ruled that the FTC can challenge arrangements between makers of generic drugs and makers of brand-name products such as AndroGel, seen here on a computer monitor screen.
Reed Saxon AP

When the maker of a brand-name drug pays a maker of generic drugs to not produce a lower-priced version of their product, the Federal Trade Commission can challenge the arrangement on antitrust grounds, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The ruling may end the era of what regulators call "pay-for-delay" deals.

The justices voted 5-3 to allow a case to go forward in which the FTC is challenging one of many such deals. Several companies are involved in the case, including Solvay Pharmaceuticals, maker of AndroGel, and generic-drug maker Actavis.

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9:22am

Fri June 7, 2013
Shots - Health News

Can Ketamine Keep Depression At Bay?

Originally published on Fri June 7, 2013 9:24 am

Ketamine, used as a tranquilizer for animals and as an anesthetic in humans, is also being tested as a treatment for depression.
Victoria Arocho AP

When it comes to profound depression, many people just can't get relief from current treatments.

Now there's more evidence that the anesthetic ketamine, sometimes abused as a club drug, has potential as a fast-acting treatment for the condition.

Doctors at the Mayo Clinic gave 10 patients ketamine twice a week as an infusion that lasted 100 minutes. All the people had depression that had resisted other treatments. The patients got ketamine until their symptoms abated or they'd had four infusions of the drug.

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3:35pm

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Big Questions About Testosterone Treatment For Men

Originally published on Wed June 5, 2013 10:30 am

Prescriptions for testosterone medications, such as Testim and AndroGel, to men 40 and older rose threefold over the decade ending in 2011
MICHAEL BRYANT MCT/Landov

Some men have testosterone so low that it's a medical problem.

But how low is too low? And how many men really need a pharmaceutical version of the hormone to replace the testosterone that they might be missing?

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12:19am

Tue June 4, 2013
Shots - Health News

Obama Administration Seeks To Ease Approvals For Antibiotics

Originally published on Tue June 4, 2013 3:15 pm

These staph bacteria are resistant to vancomycin, an antibiotic that is one of the last lines of defense.
Janice Haney Carr CDC

Every day in hospitals all over America, thousands of patients die of infections that used to be curable. But the antibiotics used to treat them aren't working anymore.

It's called drug resistance, and it's largely a consequence of antibiotics overuse. The more germs are exposed to antibiotics, the faster they mutate to evade being vanquished.

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11:03am

Mon June 3, 2013
Shots - Health News

More Children Poisoned By Parents' Prescription Drugs

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 11:25 am

Popular prescription drugs like statins are causing more childhood poisonings.
Matt Rourke ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dad takes a cholesterol-lowering statin so he'll be around to see the kids grow up. But statins, like Lipitor and Zocor, as well as some other common adult prescription drugs are causing a rise in poisonings among children, a study says.

The big surprise is that children are at risk not just from opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin, which most parents know need to be kept away from kids.

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