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Drug copayments often exceed prescription drug costs

(HealthDay)—Drug copayments frequently exceed prescription drug costs, with overpayments affecting 23 percent of all prescriptions, according to a research letter published in the March 13 issue of the Journal of the American ...

Mar 15, 2018
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Let's talk about Rx use—what is an opioid?

There are many reasons someone may take a prescription medication. We know these prescriptions are only safe when taken as directed by a medical professional for a specific health purpose, but for those who still choose to ...

Mar 09, 2018
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Studies examine trends in pain medication use

A new study reveals that acetaminophen use and over-dosing rise in cold/flu season in the United States, primarily due to increased use of over-the-counter combination medications treating upper respiratory symptoms. Another ...

Mar 08, 2018
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Should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain?

Some see acupuncture as a safe alternative to drugs, while others argue there's no convincing evidence of clinical benefit and potential for harm. So should doctors recommend acupuncture for pain? Experts debate the issue ...

Mar 07, 2018
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EU medicines agency suspends Zinbryta

The London-based European Medicines Agency announced Wednesday that multiple sclerosis drug Zinbryta has been suspended immediately and recalled due to reports that it sparked brain inflammation.

Mar 07, 2018
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Opioid crisis affects children and teens too

Children and adolescents undergoing surgery can be swept up in the ongoing opioid epidemic, according to a review and update in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, official journal of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society ...

Mar 01, 2018
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Do pain medications carry different heart risks?

Prior studies have suggested that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be linked with higher cardiovascular risks, but few have assessed potential different cardiovascular risk between NSAID classes or across ...

Feb 22, 2018
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