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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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Roche antibody test 'could improve prostate cancer diagnosis'

A new antibody test to improve diagnosis of prostate cancer has been launched by pharmaceutical firm Roche. Prostate cancer accounts for 15 percent of cancer cases diagnosed in men. It occurs in the prostate glands of males and symptoms include difficulty urinating and blood in the urine or semen....

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GSK recalls 593,000 Ventolin HFA 200D Inhalers

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has issued a voluntary Class II recall for three batches of its Ventolin HFA 200D inhalers, totaling over 593,000 units. The recall only affects hospitals, pharmacies, wholesalers and retailers and will not require patients to return their medication. Ventolin inhalers are...

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Two Hepatitis C Cures for Children Gain FDA Approval

Two medications for treating the hepatitis C virus (HCV) have been granted US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approval for use on children. Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) and Harvoni (ledipasivir and sofosbuvir) are already prescribed to adults but are the first HCV medications given approval for...

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Price of life-saving EpiPens a "major concern"

EpiPen prices in the United States have more than doubled over the past 10 years, leaving many patients who need the life-saving devices struggling with the cost. These are the findings of a recent report published by the University of Chicago, following analysis of nationwide data on people with...

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Top 5 Generic Alternatives to Branded Drugs

Looking for ways to save money on your prescriptions? Opting for generic alternatives to branded drugs is a great way to significantly reduce your prescription bills. Nearly eight of ten prescriptions filled in the United States are for generics, according to figures from the FDA. These drugs are...

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PhRMA President Highlights Importance of Prescription Discounts

The president and chief executive of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) has highlighted the importance of discounts on prescriptions. His comments come following the launch of the organization's "Share the Savings" campaign. He suggested patients with access to discounts...

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FDA approves new multiple sclerosis medication Ocrevus

A new drug to treat adult patients suffering from primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS) has been approved by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) was developed by Genentech - a member of the Roche Group - and will be available to patients across the United...

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