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The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.

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(Reuters) – People with heart disease who are also depressed may get as much relief from their depression symptoms with regular exercise as with medication, according to a U.S. study.

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Company officials say that a CVS pharmacy in northeastern New Jersey has mistakenly distributed pills for the treatment of breast cancer to children instead of the fluoride pills they were prescribed.

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In a move that highlights dilemmas plaguing the U.S. drug supply, federal regulators warned a major manufacturer about problems including bugs in vials of sterile drugs — insects, literally — the same day that officials let the firm to ramp up scarce medications for kids with cancer.

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Drug companies that produce cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine — a main ingredient in methamphetamine — don’t want Kentucky to require a prescription for the drugs.

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One in six Americans bought medicines on the Internet last year – but some online pharmacies are selling counterfeit drugs. Worldwide sales of counterfeit medicines topped $ 75 billion last year, up 90 percent since 2005, according to the World Health Organization.

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Senior citizens with chronic medical issues often leave the hospital without prescriptions for the medicines they were getting for their illness — a move that may raise their risk of landing in the emergency room or even dying, a study said.

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Taking medications to treat insomnia or anxiety may shorten some people’s lives, according to the results of a 12-year study in Canada.





msnbc.com: Health care

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GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical makers, has agreed to pay $ 750 million to settle a Justice Department lawsuit accusing the company of selling adulterated and improperly made drugs, federal officials say.





msnbc.com: Health care

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