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Prescription Drugs

Over 90% Of Medicare Beneficiaries Will Have Access To A Lower Premium Drug Plan

More than 90 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan (PDP) will have access to at least one plan in 2008 with premiums lower than they are paying this year.

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ISTO Receives Clearance For Novel Bone Graft Substitute, Bone Graft Extender

FDA has granted 510(k) clearance for ISTO Technologies's InQu for use as a bone graft extender in the spine and as a bone graft substitute in the extremities and pelvis.

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Use Of Generic Prescription Drugs Prompts Decrease In Inflation

Annual inflation for prescription drug over the past 12 months totaled 1%, a decrease from 4.4% in 2005 and the lowest rate in the past 30 years, according to the Consumer Price Index released on Wednesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the Department of Labor, the New York Times reports (Saul [1], New York Times, 9/21).

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Investigational Antibacterial Agent REP3123 Prevents Sporulation In Clostridium difficile

Replidyne's antibacterial candidate REP3123 is shown to in hibit growth and prevent spore-forming of the Gram-positive Clostridium difficile bacterium.

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House Democrats To Resume Negotiations On Prescription Drug User Fee Reauthorization Legislation

House Democrats esumed negotiations to reconcile differences between the House and Senate versions of legislation that would reauthorize the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.

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FDA Could Issue Layoff Notices Without Prescription Drug User Fee Act

FDA employees might receive layoff notices as early as the end of this week in the event that lawmakers do not finalize a bill to reauthorize the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.

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Medicaid May Require Doctors To Use Tamper-Resistant Paper For Nonelectronic Prescriptions

Medicaid directors seek a one-year delay of a rule that will require pharmacists to reject paper prescriptions for Medicaid beneficiaries not written on tamper-resistant paper.

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US Adults Spent More Than $9B On Lipitor

U.S. adults in 2004 purchased more than $9 billion -- the most spent on any prescription drug -- of the anti-cholesterol medication Lipitor, followed by $4.7 billion on the anti-cholesterol treatment Zocor, according to a survey released on Wednesday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Reuters/Los Angeles Times reports. In addition, the survey found that adults in 2004 used $4.2 billion of the ulcer medication Nexium and $2.4 billion on the ulcer treatment Prevacid.

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Concerns Over Direct To Consumer Drug Advertising In Europe

Researchers raise concerns over suggestions that drug makers could supply information on medicines to patients, as part of a proposal to modify the current ban on direct to consumer advertising in Europe.

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