SMDC Health System recently removed all promotional gifts from pharmaceutical companies.
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Abbott received FDA approval to market HUMIRA as a treatment for adult patients with moderate to severe chronic plaque psoriasis.
FDA issued a Public Health Advisory, recommending that over-the-counter cough and cold products should not be used to treat infants and children less than 2 years of age.
Legislation that would allow independent pharmacies to negotiate contracts directly with health insurers and pharmacy benefit managers in the Medicare prescription drug program would cost the government $681 million.
HIV-positive women living in rural areas of Zimbabwe are experiencing increasingly limited access to antiretroviral drugs.
Adolescents, Young Adults Have Used Non-Prescription Cough, Cold Medicines To Get High At Least Once In Their Lifetimes
About 3.1 million people in US aged 12 to 25 have used over-the-counter cough and cold medicines to get high at least once in their lifetimes.
FDA has approved Tysabri for the treatment of moderate-to-severe Crohn's disease.
New Mexico Department of Health is now providing a needle-free form of Narcan, a prescription drug that reverses a heroin overdose. Narcan is available in a nasal spray to drug users and their friends and families.
Eliminating needles reduces the risk of disease transmission and may increase the likelihood that people will use the life-saving drug. Dominick V. Zurlo, harm reduction outreach coordinator for Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, said participants who have used the nasal Narcan have reported back very favorably as to its use.
Although US residents have the highest out-of-pocket drug costs, even those who can afford their prescription drugs are far less likely to take them than patients in other countries.
Pharmacies can charge health insurers an 18% premium on the cost of medications and receive a dispensing fee of about $2.27 cents per prescription under the Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Some doctors and dentists had advised patients who take oral osteoporosis medications such as Fosamax and Boniva to postpone dental work.
Medicare's prescription drug benefit led to a 17% reduction in out-of-pocket costs, or $9 per month, for beneficiaries who enrolled in the program in 2006.
UK National Health Service is negotiating revisions to the national price list that could cut prescription drug prices by 10%.
Drugs that treat depression, schizophrenia and other psychotic conditions and that target a particular protein on brain cells might not be triggering the most appropriate response in those cells.
A device designed to eliminate mistakes made while mixing compounds at a hospital pharmacy was 100 percent accurate in identifying the proper formulations of seven intravenous drugs.
In an era of expanding competition from generics, expiring patent protection for many top-selling drugs, and a slowdown in new drug discoveries, there is very little margin for error in drug pricing decisions.
Health Canada is advising consumers not to use Zhong Ti Xiao Er Jian Pi San (batch number JPS0704) due to concerns about possible side-effects.