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A federal database, though imperfect, will make it easier for patients to find out about the ties between doctors and industry. John Bolesky/Corbis hide caption

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4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors

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Federal prosecutors allege two nursing homes in California have "persistently and severely overmedicated elderly and vulnerable residents." Antipsychotic drugs like risperidone, also known as Risperdal, can be dangerous for elderly people, but are frequently prescribed to nursing home patients. JB Reed/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Feds Hope Hitting Nursing Homes In The Wallet Will Cut Overmedication

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A Public Health Agency of Canada worker seen inside the National Microbiology Laboratory's Level 4 lab in Winnipeg. Public Health Agency of Canada/Nature hide caption

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Experimental Drug Saves Monkeys Stricken With Ebola

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Dr. Bruce Ribner, medical director of Emory University Hospital's infectious disease unit, embraces Dr. Kent Brantly (left) who was treated with an experimental Ebola medicine and released from the Atlanta hospital Thursday. John Bazemore/AP hide caption

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Truvada, an FDA-approved drug to help prevent HIV infection, is among the AIDS drugs that fill pharmacy shelves at the Whitman-Walker clinic, a Washington, D.C., community health center. Astrid Riecken/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Preventing HIV With Medicine Can Carry A Stigma

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Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers. iStockphoto hide caption

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How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

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Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders

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David Chance recuperates at Oregon Health and Science University. Kristian Foden-Vencil /Oregon Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Pharmaceutical Companies Accuse Hospitals Of Misusing Discounts

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That Prescription Might Not Have Been Tested For Your Ailment

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