February 24, 2011 An experimental medicine, taken twice a day, dramatically improved breathing in people whose cystic fibrosis stems from a particular genetic defect. If approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the medicine could be very pricey.
February 23, 2011 The strange fractures that may be associated with certain osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates occur low on the thighbone, where the femur is usually strongest. Bone specialists say the benefits of the drugs still outweigh their risks.
February 22, 2011 In a closely watched case, the high court ruled 6-2 that federal law shields vaccine makers from suits filed in state courts seeking compensation for injuries or deaths allegedly due to design problems with the vaccines.
February 18, 2011 In an environment of increasingly tough budgets, the Food and Drug Administration is stepping up calls for the drug, medical device, and food industry to kick in some money. Right now, the agency is focusing on generic drug makers.
February 15, 2011 An editorial in a leading medical journal argues that society loses when drugmakers make too many medicines that treat illness in nearly the same way. The authors suggest a higher standard for approval of new brand-name drugs once a a cheap generic in a class becomes available.
Is it time to take your medicine?
February 15, 2011 To boost the odds you'll stick with your medicines, try taking your pills when you do something else on a regular schedule, such as brushing your teeth. Signing up for automatic refills may also help.
A woman talks about the erectile dysfunction drug Levitra in a photo made from a 2004 TV ad that's no longer aired.
February 10, 2011 A former executive at Merck argues the time has come for drugmakers to slow down on TV ads. Congress could help by making it possible for companies to cooperate on ads that don't feature specific drugs, he says.
European regulators decided to take Avandia off the market. FDA allowed further sales, with heavy restrictions.
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February 7, 2011 New instructions say Avandia, a diabetes drug, should only be used by patients already taking it or new patients who can't get their blood sugar under control with other medicines.
February 2, 2011 Patients on the best-selling cancer drug Avastin are much more likely to suffer fatal side effects than those just getting chemotherapy, a study finds. Even so, the overall risk of fatal problems is low at less than 3 percent.
February 1, 2011 In a move that contradicted the advice of a panel of outside experts, the Food and Drug Administration will not consider approving the diet pill Contrave without a large study to determine its heart risks.
January 27, 2011 The Food and Drug Administration is not willing to expand the approval of an existing drug for enlarged prostates as a means to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. A panel of expert previously recommended against the expansion.
January 24, 2011 GlaxoSmithKline's U.S. President Deirdre Connelly acknowledged huge fines paid by drugmakers and the low esteem consumers have for the companies these days. She said Glaxo will no longer pay bonuses for U.S. sales representatives based on prescriptions.
January 19, 2011 Humans have transformed a defense against noxious fumes -- a receptor at the back of the throat -- into an indicator of gourmet quality in olive oil.
January 18, 2011 Israeli scientists have used stem cells to grow heart cells from patients with a rare heart disease called long QT syndrome. They also tested a variety of drugs on the cells, which they hope will help them develop new treatments for the syndrome.
January 14, 2011 The latest recall, stemming from quality problems at Pennsylvania factory, covers various batches of Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis Pain and various other medicines made before April 2010.
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