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Study: Common pesticide may alter the development of brain's dopamine system

Study: Common pesticide may alter the development of brain's dopamine system

A commonly used pesticide may alter the development of the brain's dopamine system -- responsible for emotional expression and cognitive function - and increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children, according to a new Rutgers study. [More]
HHS sets goals to shift Medicare payments to reward quality of care rather than volume

HHS sets goals to shift Medicare payments to reward quality of care rather than volume

New plans announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mean that hospitals will need to accelerate changes to patient care if they are to avoid receiving lower payments. [More]
Kaleo, CHMI partner to reduce prescription drug-related deaths

Kaleo, CHMI partner to reduce prescription drug-related deaths

Kaleo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, today announced a national strategic partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, that will help support its goal of cutting prescription drug-related deaths in half, saving approximately 10,000 lives over five years. [More]
New study focuses on improving Iowa healthcare exchange

New study focuses on improving Iowa healthcare exchange

The Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease released a public opinion poll of Iowa health care leaders and a new study analyzing the impact of increased cost sharing on patient adherence to prescription medications. The PFCD is a nationwide coalition working to educate policy makers and the public on the costs of chronic diseases. [More]
Alzheimer's drug Aricept (donepezil) linked to serious side effects

Alzheimer's drug Aricept (donepezil) linked to serious side effects

New warnings have been added to the prescribing information for the Alzheimer's drug Aricept (donepezil) advising of the risk of two rare but potentially serious conditions: muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) and a neurological disorder called neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS). [More]

China Jo-Jo Drugstores opens eight new retail pharmacies in Hangzhou

China Jo-Jo Drugstores, Inc., a leading China-based retail and wholesale distributor of pharmaceutical and health care products through its own online and retail pharmacies, announced today that it opened eight new retail pharmacies in Hangzhou on January 10, 2015, a company record for same-day store openings. [More]
LongROAD project launched to improve safety and mobility needs of older adults

LongROAD project launched to improve safety and mobility needs of older adults

In the coming decades, the population of older adults in the United States will reach unprecedented numbers. By the year 2029, more than one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. And most of them will continue driving. To understand their safety and mobility needs, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has launched a five-year, $12 million Longitudinal Research on Aging Drivers (LongROAD) project with Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and six other institutions. [More]
FDA receives Actavis' NDA resubmission for cariprazine

FDA receives Actavis' NDA resubmission for cariprazine

Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT) and Gedeon Richter Plc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged receipt of Actavis' New Drug Application (NDA) resubmission for its atypical antipsychotic cariprazine, a potent dopamine D3/D2 receptor partial agonist with preferential binding to D3 receptors. [More]

Catamaran acquires Salveo Specialty Pharmacy for $260 million

Catamaran Corp., a leading provider of pharmacy benefit management (PBM) services and technology solutions, announced today the completion, effective as of January 2, 2015, of its previously disclosed acquisition of Salveo Specialty Pharmacy, for a purchase price of $260 million in cash, subject to certain customary post-closing adjustments. [More]
Saatchi Bill: an interview with Dr. David Collingridge, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet Oncology

Saatchi Bill: an interview with Dr. David Collingridge, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet Oncology

The intention of the Medical Innovation Bill is to encourage and support doctors to explore new medicines for their patients when they believe existing options are no longer achieving good outcomes. [More]
Additional products seized from Calgary stores contain undeclared drug ingredients

Additional products seized from Calgary stores contain undeclared drug ingredients

Further to its recent Advisory, Health Canada has identified additional products seized from two Samson's Supplements stores in Calgary that pose a risk to health. [More]
Sex enhancement product recalled after Health Canada test finds undeclared drug ingredient

Sex enhancement product recalled after Health Canada test finds undeclared drug ingredient

One lot of the sex enhancement product "Forta for Men" (NPN 80045132) is being recalled after Health Canada testing confirmed it contains an undeclared drug: homosildenafil. [More]
LCS Therapeutics collaborates to commercialize patent on method to treat binge eating disorder

LCS Therapeutics collaborates to commercialize patent on method to treat binge eating disorder

LCS Therapeutics announced today that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Lucerne Biosciences, LLC to commercialize U.S. Patent No. 8,318,813 entitled "Method of Treating Binge Eating Disorder." [More]

IGI Laboratories submits three additional ANDAs to FDA

IGI Laboratories, Inc., a New Jersey based specialty generic pharmaceutical company, today announced it has submitted three additional abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which brings the Company's total number of ANDA submissions in 2014 to eleven, with twenty-two submissions now pending at the FDA. [More]
Canopus BioPharma study confirms efficacy of CB008 drug for Ebola Virus inhibition

Canopus BioPharma study confirms efficacy of CB008 drug for Ebola Virus inhibition

Canopus BioPharma Inc. today announces that it has completed crucial research in confirming efficacy of a prescription drug: CB008 for Ebola Virus inhibition. [More]
National survey shows decrease in alcohol, cigarette and illicit drug use among U.S. teens

National survey shows decrease in alcohol, cigarette and illicit drug use among U.S. teens

A national survey of students in U.S. middle schools and high schools shows some important improvements in levels of substance use. [More]
Doctors prescribe fewer opioids for pain as prescription drug abuse rises

Doctors prescribe fewer opioids for pain as prescription drug abuse rises

Nine in 10 primary care physicians say that prescription drug abuse is a moderate or big problem in their communities and nearly half say they are less likely to prescribe opioids to treat pain compared to a year ago, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. [More]
University of Utah professor develops MORE intervention program for chronic pain patients

University of Utah professor develops MORE intervention program for chronic pain patients

How can people who are dependent on prescription opioids reduce their cravings? Learn to enjoy other aspects of their lives. [More]
New MHA report calls on the country to address mental health issues

New MHA report calls on the country to address mental health issues

Our country is failing those in need of mental health services, according to a new report released by Mental Health America, the nation's leading community-based mental health advocacy organization. MHA for the first time has provided overall rankings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on mental health status and access, and calls on the country to address mental health before Stage 4. [More]

Young adults who skip college are at higher risk for nonmedical prescription opioid use

A study just released by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health compared the use of prescription opioids and stimulants among high school graduates, non-graduates, and their college-attending peers, and found that young adults who do not attend college are at particularly high risk for nonmedical prescription opioid use and disorder. [More]