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Taxpayers Paid $240 Million For Male Enhancement Over The Past Decade

Data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) indicates that Medicare has spent more than $240 million of taxpayer money on penis pumps for elderly men over the past decade.

GAO: Foster Children Prescribed Psych Drugs At Alarming Rates

The Federal government is failing to protect children in foster care from the devastating effects of potent, psychiatric medications that alter the mind, according to a new report.

Slightly Too Much Tylenol Over Time May Kill You

New research on Tylenol and other pain relievers containing acetaminophen finds that taking slightly too much of the drugs over a period of several days has more deadly side effects than taking too many pills all at once.

Many Seniors Unwittingly Take Potentially Dangerous Medicines

A study recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that about 40 percent of seniors who are in the care of a home-health agency are taking prescription medications that may be dangerous to their health.

Organization Reports Antibiotic Overuse, Warns Of Consequences

New research indicates that people throughout the United States—especially in the Southeast— heavily overuse antibiotic drugs, which may accelerate the rate at which the drugs become useless as bacteria develop resistance to the medications. According to the research, the consequences of antibiotic overuse create a destructive cycle.

Parents Drug Infants For Spitting Up

Research indicates that between 2002 and 2009, parents of infants became 16 times more likely to ask their pediatrician for drugs, like the acid-reflux drug Prevacid®, to keep their babies from spitting up as often. The drugs have not been approved for infant use, but doctors are increasingly providing prescriptions off-label for them.

Drug Company To Pay $3 Billion Settlement For Bogus Marketing

A U.K. drug company has agreed to pay $3 billion to end U.S. criminal and civil investigations into whether it marketed drugs for unapproved uses and other matters. GlaxoSmithKline PLC was being probed for its sales and marketing practices for drugs including the antidepressants Paxil and Wellbutrin.

Obama Issues Executive Order For Drug Shortages

President Barack Obama has taken steps to reduce shortages of prescription drugs needed to treat chronic conditions by issuing an executive order Monday.

Children May Be Set To Receive Anthrax Shot

The Federal government, citing the possible threat of an anthrax attack, is considering whether it should begin injecting healthy children with an anthrax vaccine, the possible side effects of which are unknown.

Why That Drug?

Most people accept a physician’s word as gospel. If a physician prescribes medicine for what ails you, then that must be the best one available for your circumstance, right? Not necessarily. Some doctors get paid handsome sums for prescribing certain drugs.

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