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State highlights: Fla. toughens drug compounding laws; Conn. hospitals leave largest insurer

State highlights: Fla. toughens drug compounding laws; Conn. hospitals leave largest insurer

A selection of health policy stories from Florida, Connecticut, New York, Michigan, Louisiana, Pennsylvania and Arkansas. [More]
Agingcare.com introduces Prescription Drug Assistance Locator tool

Agingcare.com introduces Prescription Drug Assistance Locator tool

Paying for prescription medications just got easier for families who frequent AgingCare.com, the go-to destination for family caregivers. [More]
AAN releases new position statement on opioids for chronic non-cancer pain

AAN releases new position statement on opioids for chronic non-cancer pain

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology, the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. [More]
CVS to pay $6M to settle Medicaid reimbursement case

CVS to pay $6M to settle Medicaid reimbursement case

Caremark LLC, a unit of CVS, will make the payments to settle allegations that it knowingly failed to reimburse Medicaid for prescription drug costs paid on behalf of patients who were also covered by private plans it administered. The company denied wrongdoing. [More]
CVS/pharmacy renews Medication Disposal for Safer Communities donation program

CVS/pharmacy renews Medication Disposal for Safer Communities donation program

CVS/pharmacy announced today that is marking National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, September 27 by renewing its innovative community donation program to support local drug collection efforts by law enforcement. [More]
IGI Laboratories acquires regulatory rights for 18 drug products from AstraZeneca

IGI Laboratories acquires regulatory rights for 18 drug products from AstraZeneca

IGI Laboratories, Inc., a New Jersey based specialty generic pharmaceutical company, today announced it has acquired the regulatory rights and related documents and records for 18 drug products from AstraZeneca, 17 of which were marketed. [More]

Capital Bluecross encourages people to make use of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

To support a nationwide effort to clear homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, Capital BlueCross is reminding residents to take advantage of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Take-Back Day collection is free and anonymous. [More]
Teens around the world frequently use OTC and prescription medications without doctor's order

Teens around the world frequently use OTC and prescription medications without doctor's order

Adolescents around the world are frequently using over-the-counter and prescription medications without a doctor's order, a risky practice that can lead to overuse and abuse and is often continued into adulthood, reveals a new review in the Journal of Adolescent Health. [More]
Viewpoints: Ezekiel Emanuel's choice of an age to die; new enrollment numbers still confusing

Viewpoints: Ezekiel Emanuel's choice of an age to die; new enrollment numbers still confusing

Seventy-five. That's how long I want to live: 75 years. This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can't mean what I say; that I haven't thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the world to see and do. To convince me of my errors, they enumerate the myriad people I know who are over 75 and doing quite well. They are certain that as I get closer to 75, I will push the desired age back to 80, then 85, maybe even 90. I am sure of my position. [More]

New expert panel report on state of therapeutic products for children

A new expert panel report, Improving Medicines for Children in Canada, released today by the Council of Canadian Academies, addresses the importance of developing safe and effective medicines for children. [More]
Combating prescription drug abuse: an interview with Mark Trudeau and Carmen Catizone

Combating prescription drug abuse: an interview with Mark Trudeau and Carmen Catizone

Prescription drug abuse is an extremely complex problem with no single solution. For example, the very same medications that are so critical for alleviating pain in legitimate patients could easily be diverted and misused by other people. [More]
Complete analysis of the global stem cell market

Complete analysis of the global stem cell market

BCC Research reveals in its new report, THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR STEM CELLS, the global market for stem cells is expected to grow to nearly $10.6 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.6%. [More]
Amgen announces phase 3 ivabradine data for treatment of chronic HF

Amgen announces phase 3 ivabradine data for treatment of chronic HF

Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) today announced data from the Phase 3 SHIFT (Systolic Heart failure treatment with the If inhibitor ivabradine Trial) study evaluating ivabradine in patients with chronic heart failure (HF) were presented at the 18th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) in Las Vegas. [More]
Synthetic Biologics' SYN-005 antibody gets FDA Orphan Drug designation for Pertussis treatment

Synthetic Biologics' SYN-005 antibody gets FDA Orphan Drug designation for Pertussis treatment

Synthetic Biologics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing novel anti-infective biologic and drug programs targeting specific pathogens that cause serious infections and diseases, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted Orphan Drug designation to the Company's proprietary SYN-005 monoclonal antibody (mAb) combination for the treatment of Pertussis, more commonly known as whooping cough. [More]
Now, women experiencing morning sickness can benefit from Diclegis drug

Now, women experiencing morning sickness can benefit from Diclegis drug

Up to 85 percent of pregnant women are affected by nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), more commonly known as morning sickness. [More]

DEA announces that unused prescription pills can be returned to pharmacies

Seeking to combat growing drug abuse problems, federal authorities will allow patients and their relatives to take excess pills, such as opioid painkillers, to hospitals, clinics and pharmacies or to mail them to authorized sites. [More]
Family dinners may help protect teens from cyberbullying, also be beneficial for mental health

Family dinners may help protect teens from cyberbullying, also be beneficial for mental health

Bottom Line: Cyberbullying was associated with mental health and substance use problems in adolescents but family dinners may help protect teens from the consequences of cyberbullying and also be beneficial for their mental health. [More]
Research to understand how medical marijuana laws may influence overdose deaths

Research to understand how medical marijuana laws may influence overdose deaths

In states where it is legal to use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain and other conditions, the annual number of deaths from prescription drug overdose is 25 percent lower than in states where medical marijuana remains illegal, new research suggests. [More]
Seniors are less able to afford prescriptions, study finds

Seniors are less able to afford prescriptions, study finds

In its first few years, Medicare's Part D prescription drug program helped seniors pay for their medications, but that trend appears to be reversing, researchers found. Meanwhile, drugmakers fight over the rules for naming cheaper versions of biologic drugs. [More]

Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy gets $4M grant from CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded $4 million to the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Bloomberg School of Public Health to help the Center continue its mission of making discoveries that save lives and reduce costs due to injuries. [More]