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Akron fire medic Paul Drouhard shows a box containing naloxone hydrochloride, a drug carried in all their department emergency response vehicles to treat opioid overdose patients. Keith Srakocic/AP hide caption

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, before graduating to heroin, which is cheaper. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Tales Of Corporate Painkiller Pushing: 'The Death Rates Just Soared'

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Avastin got an accelerated Food and Drug Administration approval for treatment of glioblastoma, but additional research found the drug didn't extend patients' lives. J.B. Reed /Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Cancer Drugs Approved Quickly Often Fail To Measure Up Later

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Phil Gutis with his dog, Abe, who died last year. Gutis, who has Alzheimer's, hoped an experimental drug could help preserve his memories. Courtesy of Timothy Weaver hide caption

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After A Big Failure, Scientists And Patients Hunt For A New Type Of Alzheimer's Drug

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There can be as many as 35 different inactive ingredients inside a medicine. Monty Rakusen/Getty Images hide caption

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Overlooked Ingredients In Medicines Can Sometimes Trigger Side Effects

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"What's important to me is that the facts come to light, and we get justice and accountability," Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey said about litigation that has made internal Purdue Pharma documents public. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Opioid Litigation Brings Company Secrets Into The Public Eye

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AIDS activist group ACT UP organized numerous protests on Wall Street in the 1980s. The group's tactics helped speed the process of finding an effective treatment for AIDS. Tim Clary/AP hide caption

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How To Demand A Medical Breakthrough: Lessons From The AIDS Fight

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A team of researchers in Boston has developed an insulin-delivery system that injects the medicine directly into the stomach wall, which is painless. Felice Frankel/MIT hide caption

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Avoiding The Ouch: Scientists Are Working On Ways To Swap The Needle For A Pill

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Combining some common antidepressants and opioids can undercut the relief of the painkillers. Daniela Jovanovska-Hristovska/Getty Images hide caption

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Loretta Boesing, of Park Hills, Mo., with her son Wesley, who underwent a liver transplant in 2012. Boesing worried the potency of her son's anti-rejection medicine could have been affected by the extremely hot weather when it was delivered. Alex Smith/KCUR hide caption

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Extreme Temperatures May Pose Risks To Some Mail-Order Meds

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The "Medicaid Drug Decisions Transparency Act" would require pharmaceutical companies to disclose their payments to pharmacists and others who serve on state Medicaid drug boards — the advisory groups that decide which drugs Medicaid will and won't cover. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Atorvastatin, the generic form of Lipitor, can reduce the chances of heart attacks and strokes in people at risk. Side effects, such as muscle pain, are uncommon but should be part of the conversation about starting the medicines, a study concludes. Visuals Unlimited/Getty Images/Visuals Unlimited hide caption

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Before Starting A Statin, Talk It Over With Your Doctor

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The Food and Drug Administration has seen a sharp increase in applications for drug to treat rare diseases. An oversight report found problems with how agency is handling them. Al Drago/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images hide caption

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