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5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Prescription Medication

Over the last 12 months, one-quarter of Americans have experienced an increase in the cost of their prescription medication, according to Consumer Reports. The organization's Best Buy Drugs Prescription Costs and Concerns nationally representative survey found six out of ten patients with rising...

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New generic hypertension medication available in pharmacies

Patients with hypertension now have a cheaper medication option following the US Food & Drug Administration's approval of generic olmesartan medoxomil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets.  Aurobindo Pharma USA's latest addition to pharmacies across the country was previously only available as...

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Obesity 'raises risk of osteoarthritis in the hands'

Osteoarthritis of the hands is likely to affect up to four in ten people during their lifetime and obesity may increase the risk of developing the condition, a new study has found. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 30 million people across the...

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FDA approves Radicava: The first new ALS drug in 22 years

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first new treatment for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 22 years. FDA approval for Radicava (edaravone) was granted following a six-month trial in Japan in which patients given the drug exhibited a slower rate of...

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Teva's generic Vytorin brings cheaper statin to US patients

A generic version of the cholesterol-lowering medication Vytorin has been launched by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, bringing another cheaper statin medication to US pharmacies. Vytorin is an HMG-COA reductase inhibitor/statin with a lipid modifying agent developed by Merck.  IMS data from...

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House passes AHCA, putting prescription drug cover at risk

Insured patients may lose prescription drug cover following yesterday's passing of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the US House of Representatives. The legislation includes provisions allowing states to opt out of certain protections offered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If passed by...

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5 Possible Drug Interactions to Ask Your Pharmacist About

Patients have been warned be mindful about possible interactions between their prescription medication and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Almost seven in ten Americans are on at least one prescription medicine, according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center. A leading...

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'Don't ignore possible stroke symptoms', warns AHA/ASA

A worrying number of American adults are ignoring symptoms consistent with warning or "mini" strokes, according to a new survey conducted by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The study found 35 per cent of respondents experienced at least one sign of a transient...

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FDA approves Stivarga for liver cancer treatment

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the drug Stivarga (regorafinib) for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) or liver cancer. It is the first FDA-approved treatment for this condition in nearly a decade. Developed by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Stivarga is already...

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Over-40's 'should know their heart attack and stroke risk'

Everyone over the age of 40 should understand their individual level of heart attack and stroke risk, a medical expert has stated. Marvin Lipman MD, chief medical adviser to Consumer Reports, highlighted the importance of understanding the risk factors involved. He suggested those who find they are...

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Sore throat? Steroids are 'not a silver bullet treatment'

Many physicians prescribe steroids to treat a sore throat, but the findings of a new study by researchers at the University of Oxford question the effectiveness of corticosteroids such as Maxidex (dexamethasone) in treating a sore throat. The study published in the Journal of the American Medical...

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FDA: Parents urged to check kids' cough and pain medicine

New restrictions on use of certain cough and pain medicine to treat children have been announced by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The government body warned parents and health care professionals that medicines containing codeine and tramadol carry "serious risks" to children under...

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Insured patients 'paying too much for prescriptions'

Many patients with health insurance are still over-paying for their prescriptions, according to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).  Priscilla VanderVeer, spokeswoman for the organization, observed many patients still have a "hard time affording their medicines". She...

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AAFA urges asthma patients to vaccinate against pneumonia

Patients taking medication for asthma have been reminded to keep up-to-date with vaccinations against pneumococcal disease. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) released the warning following a survey, which revealed many at-risk patients with asthma were unaware of their vaccination...

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FDA highlights need for new IBS therapies and treatment

The difficulties treating and diagnosing irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have been highlighted by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). IBS is believed to affect around 20 percent of the population, although many remain unaware they suffer from the gastrointestinal disorder, attributing it to...

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Vaccinating children against influenza 'could save lives'

Vaccinating children against the influenza virus could save their lives, according a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Figures from the current flu season show there have been 72 pediatric deaths related to the influenza virus. New influenza vaccines are brought out...

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