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.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama has taken steps to reduce shortages of prescription drugs needed to treat chronic conditions by issuing an executive order Monday.
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.
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.
A public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced last week that documents it obtained from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request detail 26 new deaths resulting from Gardasil vaccinations.
Everyone reading this article most likely has been vaccinated at some time in his or her life. You probably thought you were doing something worthwhile to protect your health and well-being. What you undoubtedly did not realize was the downside to vaccinations which, unfortunately, is not adequately emphasized by physicians or the media.
A University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) study of big tobacco intercompany documents released in a 1998 legal settlement shows that tobacco companies tried to keep information discovered in 1959 about radioactive substances in their products quiet for decades.