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J&J agrees $20.4 mn payment in Ohio opioid case

Washington - US healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson on Tuesday announced it had reached a $20.4 million settlement to avoid a much-anticipated trial in Ohio for allegedly fueling the opioid addiction crisis.

Landmark US opioid trial begins in Oklahoma

Chicago - The first civil trial that could hold a drug company responsible for the US opioid epidemic began Tuesday in Oklahoma -- a landmark case that could impact thousands of others like it.

Landmark US opioid trial begins in Oklahoma

Chicago - The first civil trial that could end up holding a drug company responsible for the US opioid epidemic began Tuesday in Oklahoma, in a landmark case that might impact thousands of others like it.

PrescribeIT - Canada’s e-prescribing service: Interview Special

PrescribeIT is Canada’s new national e-prescribing service. The scheme works with with 20 community pharmacy companies, representing more than 3,300 pharmacies in the six provinces. To find out more we spoke with Tania Ensor.

Healthcare providers are looking to digital prescribing

Douglas - Obtaining prescriptions for medications can be a long, drawn-out experience. This process can be made faster, especially for repeat prescriptions, using digital prescribing.

450 cases of birth defects from anti-epilepsy drug in France: officials

Paris - A common drug used to treat epilepsy has caused congenital defects in around 450 babies in France who were exposed to the medication before birth in the uterus, according to an estimate by health authorities published Tuesday.

Three probes launched into tragic France drug trial

Rennes - French authorities launched three investigations Saturday at a research laboratory in the northwestern city of Rennes into a drug trial that left one person brain-dead and three others facing potentially irreversible brain damage.

Drugs trial tragedies a rarity, experts say

Paris - Drugs trial tragedies like that reported in France on Friday which left one person brain dead and three others facing irreversible brain damage are a rarity, experts say.

Portuguese pharma firm says best practice followed in French drug trial

Lisbon - Portuguese pharmaceutical company Bial insisted Friday that it had followed "international best practice" in a French drugs trial that has left one person brain-dead and five others hospitalised.

Drug approval: How does it work?

Paris - The process of vetting experimental drugs is designed, with safety in mind, to be cautiously meticulous.

One person brain-dead after French drugs trial

Rennes - One person has been left brain-dead and five others hospitalised after a "serious accident" during a drugs trial in France, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said Friday.

Doctors concerned about addiction prescribing fewer opiates

According to a new study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, nearly half of all primary care physicians in the U.S. say they are becoming less likely to prescribe opioids to patients for pain management.

Snail venom cuts pain in early lab trial

Washington - An experimental drug made from snail venom has shown early signs of promise in numbing pain, raising hopes in the hunt for new, non-addictive medications, researchers said Sunday.The drug, which has not been tested yet on humans, was judged to be about...

US aims to follow Britain's lead in fighting superbugs

Washington - Some $30 million proposed by President Barack Obama could help hospitals fight the growing problem of antibiotic resistance much the way Britain has, US health authorities said Tuesday.The extra funds for fiscal year 2015, if approved by Congress, woul...

Mistakes may be common in prescribing antibiotics in US

Washington - More than one third of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals might be unnecessary and could be fueling drug resistance, US health authorities said Tuesday.The latest Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms earlier re...

New York’s problem with prescription drugs

New York - Nationwide, overdose rates are increasing at an alarming rate. In some states, overdose deaths have surpassed traffic accidents as the leading cause of accidental death. As the death toll rises, many are asking what can be done to combat this trend.

Nova Scotia pharmacists to offer broader prescription services

The Nova Scotia government has approved changes to pharmacy regulations that will broaden prescription services allowing druggists more powers in order to better serve residents of the province.

Op-Ed: Did Prescription Drugs Kill Michael Jackson?

All the evidence points to prescription painkillers as being the cause of Michael Jackson's death. The case gives parents an opportunity to discuss with their kids the potential effects of abusing prescription drugs.

Doctors May Be Prescribing Meds Not Approved For Certain Conditions

The FDA submitted draft guidelines that will allow drug manufacturers to bypass requirements currently in place to allow doctors to prescribe drugs for medical conditions for which they are not approved.

ER Doctors Show Racial Bias in Prescribing Painkillers

Racial minorities are less likely than whites to receive painkillers in U.S. emergency departments, a new study reports. The reasons for the disparity are not clear, but there is enough evidence to warrant change in protocols for pain management.

Prescription charges end in Wales

Patients in Wales are now entitled to free prescriptions, on the day the cost rises to £6.85 in the rest of the UK.

Now, Take A Deep Breath...

Despite the NHS plunging ever further into massive debt, the new fashion is for air conditioning to be installed in your home.

Needy seniors still have trouble getting drugs

Eight months after Congress implored pharmaceutical companies to restore programs offering free drugs to needy Medicare recipients, advocacy groups say that some patients are still having trouble.

More than 7,000 People Every Year Die from Doctors' Poor Handwriting

Doctors' sloppy handwriting leads to a high number of medication mistakes.

Doctors' sloppy handwriting kills more than 7,000 people annually

Hospitals are now introducing electronic prescriptions to avoid human errors between pharmacists and doctors.

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