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‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

At one year, 69 percent of the patients who received pembrolizumab and chemotherapy were alive, compared with 49 percent of the patients who received chemotherapy alone.

April 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
13 cases of Salmonella in Washington state linked to herbal drug kratom

13 cases of Salmonella in Washington state linked to herbal drug kratom

Thirteen cases of Salmonella infections in Washington state have been linked to the herbal drug Kratom, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. 

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Patient advocacy groups take in millions from drugmakers. Is there a payback?

Patient advocacy groups take in millions from drugmakers. Is there a payback?

Drug company donations to patient advocacy groups totaled $116 million in one year, dwarfing the total amount the companies spent on federal lobbying.

April 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
New momentum for addiction treatment behind bars

New momentum for addiction treatment behind bars

Fewer than 1 percent of the more than 5,000 U.S. prisons and jails, housing more than 2 million inmates, allow access to the FDA-approved medication for drug addiction, even though medical societies, addiction experts and correctional health organizations support their use.

April 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Staying Alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

Staying Alive: How to fight an opioid addiction

If you’re ready to address your own addiction, or that of a loved one, know that you may not succeed — at first. You probably won’t be able to do it without outside help or medications. And you’ll probably have to take medications for years — or the rest of your life.

March 30, 2018 | By | Reply More
How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

How many opioid overdoses are suicides?

At least 40 percent of active drug users wrestle with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue that increases the risk of suicide.

March 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
Federal ban on methadone vans seen as barrier to treatment

Federal ban on methadone vans seen as barrier to treatment

Mobile methadone vans have served people with opioid addiction in rural towns and underserved inner-city neighborhoods for nearly three decades. But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which regulates dispensing of the FDA-approved addiction medicine, has refused to license any new methadone vans since 2007 over concerns about potential diversion of the medication.

March 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Poll: Americans aghast over drug costs but aren’t holding their breath for a fix

Poll: Americans aghast over drug costs but aren’t holding their breath for a fix

Of those polled, 72 percent think the drug industry has too much influence in Washington —outweighing the 69 percent who feel that way about Wall Street or the 52 percent who think the NRA has too much power. Only the large-business community outranked drugmakers.

March 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
Graphic: Opioid Painkiller Is Top Prescription In 11 States

Graphic: Opioid Painkiller Is Top Prescription In 11 States

Americans fill about 4.5 billion prescriptions each year, at a cost of more than $323 billion. But what are we actually buying? In 11 states, the top prescriptions are opioid pain pills that are mixtures of acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

March 22, 2018 | By | Reply More
Paying Cash For Prescriptions Could Save You Money 23% Of Time, Analysis Shows

Paying Cash For Prescriptions Could Save You Money 23% Of Time, Analysis Shows

One Texas patient was charged a $42.60 copay by his insurance company for a generic version of simvastatin, a statin drug. The patient could have paid $18.59 out-of-pocket.

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More