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Op-Ed: Sometimes fatal side-effects to be revealed after Tor. Star probe

After an ongoing Toronto Star investigation exposed the fact that Health Canada was scrubbing crucial information from public view, the federal regulator will make public information it has kept secret regarding serious, sometimes fatal side-effects.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

Cops accuse man of stealing ID to get illegal prescription drugs

Brooklyn - New York Cops are looking for a man they say stole a 55-year-old woman's identity to obtain prescription drugs illegally.
In the Media by Jeannie Stokowski-Bisanti

New study finds prescription drugs and multivitamins a bad mix

A new study that was released Tuesday reported that one in three American adults take prescription drugs and multivitamins at the same time. Many people likely take multivitamins, though they cannot be substituted in place of prescription drugs.
In the Media by Syra Sharif - 2 comments

Op-Ed: Medical cannabis the safe competition to pharmaceutical drugs

The cannabis plant is a safe alternative to a wide variety of pharmaceutical drugs, especially for mood and anxiety disorders. Because of this, medical cannabis is clearly competition to the pharmaceutical industry.

Op-Ed: Victims of pharmacy mistakes have little recourse

As patients, we entrust our health to a variety of medical professionals. We often think of the role doctors play in our well-being, but pharmacists — the gatekeepers of the medicine that doctors prescribe — also play a crucial part.
In the Media by Julie Wiest - 4 comments

Op-Ed: Heroin deaths spike as narcs continue war on marijuana

New York - The Prohibition Industrial Complex has mobilized the hundreds of thousands of workers who depend on enforcing anti-marijuana laws to slow a groundswell of support for legalizing it.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 2 comments

Justin Bieber abusing sizzurp, friends want him in rehab

Along with prescription dugs, sources claim that Justin Bieber is abusing sizzurp, and his people, fearing for his life, want him to go into rehab.
In the Media by Matthew Hendricks - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Matthew DeLuca - 1 comment

Increase in prescriptions for ADHD treatment drugs

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug treatment prescriptions are up 50 per cent in the UK compared to 2007, new data released by the Care Quality Commission indicates.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Bottomley sentenced for fake drug scam

Paul Daniel Bottomley has been sentenced for selling unapproved, misbranded and counterfeit cancer drugs to U.S. physicians. But he won’t spend his time in prison.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Physician pleads guilty to painkiller deaths

A New York physician faces 20 years in prison after admitting he distributed painkillers to people he knew were drug addicts. This follows on from news that deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses have risen sharply among women.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Prescription drugs stolen from pharmacies in Vancouver

Vancouver - Two pharmacies in Vancouver have been robbed for stored prescription drugs. According to local police, large amounts of pharmaceuticals were stolen. It is presumed these drugs will be sold on the street.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 3 comments

Vermont 2013: A good year for drug policy reform

Now that the 2013 session of the Vermont legislature has been over for almost a month and the last of the bills have been signed into law, one thing has become clear for those Vermonters who smoke marijuana or use drugs--2013 was a good year.
In the Media by Matthew DeLuca - 1 comment

Oregon Governor signs bill for overdose prevention programs

On Thursday, January 6th, Oregon Governor, John Kitzhaber, signed SB 384 A into law. The bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to establish rules for training programs that will instruct individuals on "lifesaving treatments for opiate overdose."
In the Media by Matthew DeLuca - 1 comment

Drugs-for-sex ring busted in Nova Scotia

Lunenburg - Five men are under arrest for what Nova Scotia RCMP describe as a ring where prescription drugs were given to young girls in exchange for sex.
In the Media by Arthur Weinreb - 9 comments

Call for investigation into meningitis deaths

Detroit - The Michigan Court of Appeals is set to hold a multi-county grand jury to investigate whether New England Compounding Center (NECC), which is linked to a recent meningitis outbreak, broke state laws by distributing tainted medicines.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Pharma companies funding Interpol to crack down on fake drugs

More than two dozen of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies have agreed to provide funding and support to Interpol to prevent the sale and distribution of counterfeit prescription drugs.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 6 comments

U.S. drug overdose deaths rise for 11th year running

Deaths from drug overdoses have risen for the 11th consecutive year according to U.S. government data. The main cause is from the overuse of addictive painkillers.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Concern over antipsychotic 'drug overuse' in nursing homes

A report has expressed concerns about the level of antipsychotic drug prescriptions throughout nursing homes in the U.S.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

New generation of antidepressants may work faster

Scientists have been looking at a new wave of antidepressant medicines that, by focusing on the appropriate target in the brain, may work faster than medications currently available.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Increase in U.S. prescription drug spending

U.S. consumers spent $263 billion on prescription drugs in 2011, a rise of 2.9% compared with 2010. Most of this increase relates to price increases imposed by ‘big pharma’.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Pentagon increases spending on prescription drugs

Washington - The U.S. Defense Department has spent more on prescription drugs over the past decade than it has on Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles combined.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Drugs firm fined $2 million for sales fraud

The drugs company Altec Medical has been fined a $2 million for taking part in an illegal re-selling of drugs designed to circumvent accepted routes of sale.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Dietary supplement contains harmful ingredients

A dietary supplement called Reumofan Plus, manufactured in Mexico and sold in the USA, has been found to contain 'unlisted ingredients' which are harmful to human health.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

India to provide free generic drugs

India is set to provide generic drugs free to its people. In a country where public spending on health care last year was a mere $4.50 per person, the policy will make a vast difference to the lives of hundreds of millions.
In the Media by Steve Hayes - 3 comments

Medical marijuana bill passes Connecticut State Senate

Hartford - The Connecticut Senate passed a bill early Saturday to legalize the use of medical marijuana. The new bill (recently passed by the House of Representatives) will impose very tight restrictions on cultivation and distribution of the controversial drug.
In the Media by R. Francis Rubio - 2 comments

Ron Paul condemns close ties between FDA and Big Pharma

Keene, NH - GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul rebuked the relationship between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the pharmaceutical industry during a press conference, stating that "the FDA and the drug companies are in bed together."
In the Media by Elliott Freeman - 2 comments

US Congress investigates 'fake pharmacies' and drug shortages

Washington - US Congress is investigating a series of actions by so-termed "fake pharmacies" which are buying up and stockpiling scarce drugs, including those to treat cancer, and the selling the drugs at massively elevated prices.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

CVS mistakenly gives kids cancer pills

Chatham - A New Jersey pharmacy mistakenly filled prescriptions with a cancer drug instead of the prescribed chewable fluoride tablets.
In the Media by Jimmy Reilly - 1 comment

Controversial diet pill gets green light

Washington - A “diet pill” called Qnexa, which was previously rejected on safety grounds, has been granted safe passage through to the next review stage.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 9 comments
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