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First Opioid Lawsuit Targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers

A first opioid lawsuit is targeting pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), according to a report published in Managed Healthcare Executive. Noting that until now, PBMs have not been sued for the opioid crisis, in February, a south Texas county included the three largest PBMs in a nationwide lawsuit, which focused on the opioid epidemic. Their inclusion was...

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Addictive Opioids Still Overprescribed After Surgery: Study

Doctors continue to prescribe far too many opioid painkillers to patients following surgery, a new study indicates. In fact, one of every three patients prescribed an opioid, such as Oxycontin, didn't take a single pill during their recuperation, said lead researcher Elizabeth Habermann. She is scientific director for surgical outcomes at the Mayo...

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Health Tip: Screening for Cancer in Older Adults

-- Though a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help prevent cancer as you age, you shouldn't ignore cancer screening tests, the American Cancer Society warns. Otherwise, you may not realize that you have the disease until it's too late, the society says, stressing that early-stage cancer doesn't always have obvious symptoms. The ACS recommends...

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FDA Approves Tavalisse (fostamatinib disodium hexahydrate) for Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia

Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq:RIGL) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tavalisse (fostamatinib disodium hexahydrate) for the treatment of thrombocytopenia in adult patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) who have had an insufficient response to a previous treatment. Tavalisse is an oral spleen...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Crysvita (burosumab-twza) for X-Linked Hypophosphatemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Crysvita (burosumab), the first drug approved to treat adults and children ages 1 year and older with x-linked hypophosphatemia (XLH), a rare, inherited form of rickets. XLH causes low levels of phosphorus in the blood. It leads to impaired bone growth and development in children and adolescents and...

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Most Doctors' Offices Don't Offer Flexibility for Uninsured

Most physician offices do not offer up-front payment flexibility or low-income discounts to uninsured people, according to a study published in the April issue of Health Affairs. Brendan Saloner, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues had trained auditors call primary care offices (2012-2013 and 2016), including federally...

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U.S. Better Able to Tackle Health Emergencies: Report

The United States is more ready for health disasters than it was five years ago, but certain regions still lag behind, a new report shows. The nation scored 7.1 on the 10-point 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index. That's nearly 3 percent better than last year and nearly 11 percent better than when the index was introduced five years ago. "Threats...

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Opioids Tied to Adverse Outcomes in Hemodialysis Patients

For patients on hemodialysis, opioids are associated with adverse outcomes, according to a study published online April 19 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Julie H. Ishida, M.D., from the University of California in San Francisco, and colleagues conducted a cohort study to examine the correlation between opioid use and...

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When Does Online Gaming Become an Addiction?

For most, playing online video games is largely a harmless hobby. But a new review finds that some fall prey to what experts call "internet gaming disorder." The concept that gaming could become an addiction first gained traction in 2013 when the disorder was included in the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders" (DSM). At the time,...

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Health Highlights: April 20, 2018

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Dengue Vaccine Use Should Be Restricted: WHO Use of the vaccine for dengue should be used "exclusively or almost exclusively in people who have already been infected with dengue," the World Health Organization's independent vaccines group says. After...

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New Drugs.com Compare Tool

We are proud to announce the first release of the Drugs.com Medication Compare Tool (beta). Our team of developers have been very busy working on this tool and there are plenty of upgrades planned in the near future. See how your medications stack up against each other. View side-by-side comparisons of medication uses, ratings, reviews, […]

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Drugs.com Receives eHealthcare Leadership Silver Award

We are proud to announce that Drugs.com has been awarded a Silver Award for “Best Consumer General Health Site” in the 2017 eHealthcare Leadership Awards. Jane Weber Brubaker, chair of the eHealthcare Leadership Awards, notes that “Winners range from small and large healthcare provider organizations, to business-to-business and medical device companies, but they share these […]

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Drugs.com Recognized as ‘Health Information Website Brand of the Year’ in 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

The team at Drugs.com is humbled and heartened to have been recognized as the ‘Health Information Website Brand of the Year‘ in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. The annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study measures and compares a brand’s health over time and against key competitors. Other categories measured include travel, financial, automotive and entertainment. […]

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