August 24, 2012 It's the latest setback in a field marked by failure. Earlier this month, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson said they were dropping development of a similar experimental drug after big clinical studies showed it wasn't working.
August 17, 2012 Drugmakers are partnering with mothers who blog to promote products, including children's medicine. How does the Federal Trade Commission deal with the new world of online marketing? We asked.
August 15, 2012 The Food and Drug Administration is looking into the risks of codeine, after three children died while taking the medicine to relieve pain following tonsillectomies. Those kids and another one who almost died appear to have had a gene that made the codeine particularly potent inside their bodies.
August 2, 2012 There's ample evidence cholesterol-lowering pills called statins can reduce the risk of a repeat heart attack. But there's fresh debate about the widespread use of statins to prevent heart attacks in people who've never had one. Are the benefits worth the risks?
July 28, 2012 Some states, like Georgia, have a waiting list for people who need help paying for AIDS drugs. With increased federal funding on its way for HIV/AIDS treatment, states are hoping that they can care for more people. But the cost of care remains high, so the waits may remain, too.
July 27, 2012 Researchers say that expanding anti-retroviral treatment to all HIV-positive people in couples with one partner who isn't infected is cost-effective even in developing countries with limited budgets.
July 26, 2012 When Russian officials downplayed shortages of HIV drugs, activists turned to the Web to raise awareness about the problem. Since 2004, the AIDS epidemic has worsened in Russia, despite a law that requires drug treatment people with HIV.
July 25, 2012 Prescription drug abuse has soared in the past decade, leading pharmaceutical companies to alter the recipes for their painkillers to thwart misuse. But communities fighting the growing problem see drug users switching to new medicines to get around the changes.
July 19, 2012 Each year hundreds of thousands South Africans become infected with HIV, so it might seem that a drug to slow transmission would be welcome. But there's concern about unintended consequences if Truvada is used widely for prevention.
July 19, 2012 Clinicians on the front lines say HIV treatment could help end the AIDS pandemic by curbing infections. Studies have found that HIV drugs make a person less likely to transmit the virus to others because they decrease the level of virus in the body.
July 18, 2012 Qsymia was approved for treating obese adults or those who are overweight and have one weight-related condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. The drug can cause birth defects and will only be sold through approved mail-order pharmacies.
July 13, 2012 Making generic drugs available through a U.S. AIDS relief fund has opened access to HIV treatment for millions of people around the world, a study finds.
July 11, 2012 What happens if you can't store medicines at the recommended temperature? A pharmacist explains why drugs need to be kept cool and dry and what happens if they aren't.
July 6, 2012 Under an agreement between the drugmaker and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Pfizer won't make claims about "breast health" or "colon health" for Centrum products. In return, the consumer group agreed not to take legal action.