Pharmaceuticals

1:15am

Mon March 25, 2013
Law

Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case

Originally published on Mon March 25, 2013 7:39 am

The Supreme Court takes up a case Monday about whether brand-name drug manufacturers can pay generic drug manufacturers to keep generics off the market.
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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case worth billions of dollars to pharmaceutical companies and American consumers. The issue is whether brand-name drug manufacturers may pay generic drug manufacturers to keep generics off the market. These payments — a form of settlement in patent litigation — began to blossom about a decade ago when the courts, for the first time, appeared to bless them.

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4:42pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Shots - Health News

Is Your Medicine Vegan? Probably Not

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 7:25 pm

Heparin is an anticoagulant and the prescription version is made from pig, raising concerns for vegans.
Rob Kim Landov

Go looking for animal products, and apparently you will find them everywhere.

That's the takeaway from the book Veganissimo A to Z, recently translated into English for the first time. What's veganissimo? It's veganism of the highest order, according to the German authors Reuben Proctor and Lars Thomsen, who call themselves "professional vegans." (Is veganism a healthful way to eat? Sorry, we're not going there in this post.)

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8:36am

Thu March 14, 2013
Shots - Health News

Neurologists Warn Against ADHD Drugs To Help Kids Study

Originally published on Sat March 16, 2013 7:48 am

Ten milligram tablets of the prescription drug Adderall. The drug is used to treat ADHD and is used by some students to boost their academic performance.
Jb Reed Bloomberg via Getty Images

Adderall and other ADHD medications are among the most prescribed drugs in America.

Quite a few of those pills don't end up being used to treat ADHD, though. They're used as "smart drugs" or "study drugs" by students who find the pills give them a mental edge.

The American Academy of Neurology now says: Stop that.

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10:03am

Wed March 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Why ER Docs In The Big Apple Won't Replace That Painkiller Prescription

Posters like this one tell patients in New York City emergency rooms what to expect when it comes to painkiller prescriptions.
New York City Health Department

Early this year, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said public hospitals there would take steps to reduce overdoses and abuse of opioid painkillers.

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1:34am

Mon February 18, 2013
Shots - Health News

Targeted Cancer Drugs Keep Myeloma Patients Up And Running

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:13 pm

Don Wright runs at an indoor track at the Maplewood Community Center in North Saint Paul, Minn.
Ariana Lindquist for NPR

Don Wright got diagnosed with multiple myeloma at what turned out to be the right time. It was 10 years ago, when he was 62.

That was at the beginning of a revolution in treating this once-fearsome blood cell cancer, which strikes around 20,000 Americans every year. The malignancy can literally eat holes in victims' bones, which can snap from the simple act of bending over to pick up a package.

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