• coronavirus May 14, 2020 9:36 am

    Study Treats Sickest COVID Patients With Multiple Myeloma Drug

    A Newton-based pharmaceutical company is treating patients with severe cases of the coronavirus with a drug approved to treat multiple myeloma as part of a new study to keep people off ventilators. More than 230 patients enrolled in the second phase of the study, many of them in Boston, and researchers at Karyopharm Therapeutics Inc say they’re making progress....

  • Europe September 15, 2019 11:45 am

    The Rise and Fall of an Eagle Scout's Deadly Fentanyl Empire

    The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service envelope. It had arrived with 10 round, blue pills inside,...

  • Donald Trump September 3, 2019 5:23 pm

    Biden Taps Influence Industry Despite Pledge on Lobbyists

    Joe Biden entered the Democratic primary promising “from day one” to reject campaign cash from lobbyists. “I work for you — not any industry,” he tweeted. Yet hours after his April campaign kickoff, the former vice president went to a fundraiser at the home of a lobbying executive. And in the months since, he’s done it again and again.

  • Connecticut September 3, 2019 5:39 pm

    Purdue University: School Has No Connection to Purdue Pharma

    Purdue University in Indiana wants the public to know that it has no connection to a Connecticut-based company blamed for helping drive the nation’s opioid crisis.

  • Oakland August 15, 2019 4:34 am

    Number of Cannabis Facilities Likely to Increase: Concord City Council

    The Concord City Council debated loosening cannabis regulations to allow more testing and manufacturing operations in the city, but the future of dispensaries and retail delivery businesses within city limits remains uncertain following the council’s regular meeting Tuesday night.

  • Cancer June 28, 2019 2:38 am

    FDA Once Again Expands Recall of Blood Pressure Drugs

    The Food and Drug Administration has once again expanded its recall of widely prescribed blood pressure drugs because of contamination with a chemical linked to cancer. The latest recall, announced Wednesday, targets 32 lots of the drug losartan sold by Macleods Pharmaceuticals. The pharmaceutical company said that it would voluntarily recall the affected batches.

  • Donald Trump June 27, 2019 6:37 am

    Amy Klobuchar: ‘That's What We Call at Home All Foam and No Beer'

    Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said that President Donald Trump has increased the price of 2,500 drugs and gave $1 billion in giveaways to pharmaceutical companies.

  • Los Angeles June 23, 2019 8:07 am

    ‘Michael Jackson Drug' Still Prompts Curiosity From Patients

    It remains the most widely used anesthetic in U.S. hospitals, but many patients still remember propofol as the drug that killed Michael Jackson. Most are no longer afraid of it, doctors say, though many still ask if they will get “the Michael Jackson drug” before an operation. And most of them will. Jackson died 10 years ago at his Los...

  • California June 3, 2019 8:30 pm

    California Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma

    California on Monday became the latest state to sue the pharmaceutical company behind the painkiller OxyContin, alleging it falsely promoted the drug as not addictive even as it emerged as one of the most widely abused in the U.S.

  • California June 3, 2019 8:30 pm

    California Sues Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma

    California on Monday became the latest state to sue the pharmaceutical company behind the painkiller OxyContin, alleging it falsely promoted the drug as not addictive even as it emerged as one of the most widely abused in the U.S.

  • Asher Klein May 22, 2019 6:17 pm

    Lilly Selling Half-Price Version of Popular Humalog Insulin

    A half-price version of Eli Lilly’s popular Humalog insulin is now available, following the company’s promise in March to offer diabetics a more affordable option amid fierce criticism of soaring insulin prices. Lilly, one of the three top insulin makers, said Wednesday that it has begun selling its own generic version of Humalog U-100 under the chemical name insulin lispro....

  • Donald Trump May 2, 2019 11:03 pm

    American Cancer Society Says High Health Costs Cause Financial Strain for More Than 130 Million US Adults

    The high cost of health care in the U.S. is causing financial hardship for more than half of all American adults as millions put off care because they can’t afford it, according to a new study by the American Cancer Society. The study found that 56% of respondents, roughly 137 million adults in the U.S., reported at least one instance...

  • Donald Trump April 24, 2019 11:09 pm

    Trump to Keep Fighting Opioids ‘Until Our Job Is Done'

    President Donald Trump pledged Wednesday to battle the deadly epidemic of opioid drug abuse “until our job is done” and he claimed progress even though it is unclear whether the crisis has diminished. Trump spoke an annual conference of health, law enforcement, elected and other officials who work to combat drug abuse and addiction, and used the appearance to advocate...

  • NBC March 5, 2019 6:36 pm

    OxyContin Maker Purdue Pharma Exploring Bankruptcy: Source

    OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma is exploring filing for bankruptcy as one of its options to address potentially significant liabilities from thousands of lawsuits alleging the drug maker contributed to the deadly opioid crisis sweeping the U.S., NBC News confirmed through a source familiar with the matter. The deliberations show how Purdue and its wealthy owners, the Sackler family, are under...

  • Suzanne Ciechalski December 6, 2018 7:45 pm

    Tris Pharma Issues Recall on Infants' Liquid Ibuprofen

    Three lots of Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) have been recalled by Tris Pharma, Inc., due to potentially higher concentrations of ibuprofen found in the product. Used as a pain reliever and fever reducer, the recalled products were packed in 0.5-ounce bottles and sold by Wal-Mart stores, CVS and Family Dollar, according to a news release. A list...

  • Donald Trump October 2, 2018 3:59 pm

    How NAFTA 2.0 Will Shake Up Business as Usual

    American dairy farmers get more access to the Canadian market. U.S. drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. Automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers earn decent wages. The North American trade agreement hammered out late Sunday between the United States and Canada, following an earlier U.S.-Mexico deal, shakes up — but...

  • Asher Klein August 28, 2018 6:40 pm

    Children's Advil Recalled Over Labeling Mix-Up, Possibility of Overdose

    A children’s Advil product is being recalled after consumers complained that the dosage instructions on the label are written in different units than what is on the dosage cup. Pfizer Consumer Healthcare on Monday issued the recall for four-ounce bottles of bubble gum-flavored Children’s Advil Suspension, which give instructions in milliliters but has a dosage cup marked in teaspoons, according...

  • JUDGE July 12, 2018 6:49 am

    Execution Blocked After Company Objects to Use of Its Drug

    A Nevada judge effectively blocked the execution of a two-time killer Wednesday after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs to put someone to death. Clark County District Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez disallowed the drug in a ruling that came less than nine hours before Scott Raymond Dozier, 47, was to be executed by injection with...

  • Danielle Abreu May 18, 2018 2:27 am

    ‘Major, Major Game-Changer': Ebola Spreads to Big Congo City

    Congo’s Ebola outbreak has spread to a crossroads city of more than 1 million people in a troubling turn that marks the first time the vast, impoverished country has encountered the lethal virus in an urban area. “This is a major, major game-changer in the outbreak,” Dr. Peter Salama, the World Health Organization’s deputy director-general of emergency preparedness and response,...

  • Donald Trump April 11, 2018 9:54 pm

    Insurers Look to Pass Drug Price Breaks Straight to Consumer

    Some major health insurers plan to take a little sting out of prescription drug prices by giving customers rebates at the pharmacy counter. Aetna and UnitedHealthcare both say they will begin passing rebates they get from drugmakers along to some customers starting next year. They could spark a trend: The idea has been championed by President Donald Trump, and it’s...

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