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Pricey Drugs Overwhelm Medicare Safeguard

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar | Jul 27
A safeguard for Medicare beneficiaries has become a way for drugmakers to get paid billions of dollars for pricey medications at taxpayer expense, government numbers show.

Study: Insurers' Spending on Costly Meds Soared from 2003-14

Jul 8
A new study finds that insurers' spending on very expensive prescription drugs nearly quadrupled in the U.S. from 2003 through 2014, while the number of such prescriptions filled tripled over that stretch.

Dealing With Menopause, With Dr. Donnica Moore

By Winnie McCroy | Oct 20
World Menopause Day was observed on Oct. 18, and what that means for lesbians in a couple is double duty, as both will eventually face the symptoms of menopause. Luckily, Dr. Donnica Moore has some tips to help you deal with it.

Triumeq to End Gilead's Monopoly on Single-Tablet HIV Meds

By Winnie McCroy | Sep 18
The recent approval of ViiV Healthcare's once-daily, single-tablet anti-HIV regimen, Triumeq, will mean that the market monopoly currently held by Gilead Sciences will soon come to an end.

Friends Common Source of Abused Prescription Meds

By Lindsey Tanner | Mar 5
Most people who abuse addictive prescription painkillers get them for free from friends or relatives, while drug dealers are a relatively uncommon source for those at highest risk for deadly overdoses, a government study found.

Researchers Advise Taking HIV Meds, Even When Drinking

By Megan Barnes | Nov 19
A new study found that people with HIV, skip their meds when drinking, under the mistaken idea that it is more harmful to mix the two.

Pfizer Halts Late-Stage Study Into New Lyrica Use

May 7
Pfizer halted a late-stage study of its second-best selling drug, Lyrica, as a possible treatment for a nerve pain in HIV patients.

FDA orders lower doses in prescription painkillers

By Matthew Perrone | Jan 14
Federal health regulators are limiting a key ingredient found in Vicodin, Percocet and other prescription painkillers that have been linked to thousands of cases of liver damage each year.

Doctors, prosecutors clash over painkillers

By Roxana Hegeman | Jun 15
When dozens of overdose victims who got painkillers from the same Kansas clinic started showing up at emergency rooms and the county morgue, federal prosecutors accused a doctor and his wife of indiscriminately writing prescriptions for powerful drugs at a so-called pill mill.

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