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Second Thoughts On Medicines For Babies Who Spit Up

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More people end up in the emergency room from overdosing on Vicodin, pictured here, and other prescription painkillers, than heroin or cocaine, a government report says.

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Big-Name Drugs Are Falling Off The 'Patent Cliff'

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Laura Zakhar connects her son, Kevin, 15, to the "feedbag" that contains his nutrition. Lately, Zakhar has had trouble getting the calcium solution Kevin needs, in part because hospitals have been reserving limited supplies for patients who need it even more desperately than he does. Elizabeth Larkin for NPR hide caption

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Shortages Lead Doctors To Ration Critical Drugs

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Seeds from Golden Rain acacias like these in Wales provide the active ingredient for a pill to help people stop smoking. Tom Patterson/Flickr hide caption

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