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Captagon Pill Crisis: What are amphetamine-based drugs and why have they been used by militaries around the world?

As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s global isolation comes to an end with the Arab League reinstating Syria as a member, discussions over the trade in the Captagon pills have once again taken center stage. Captagon is an addictive amphetamine-type drug primarily manufactured in Syria and widely smuggled throughout Western Asia. Several reports over the years… Read More »

Are expired drugs safe?

Getty Images/Jeffrey Coolidge Medically reviewed by Femi Aremu, PharmD Chances are your medicine cabinet contains some medications, including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, prescriptions, and supplements, that have been out of date for at least a few months. Drug expiration dates appear on most drug labels, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. You might wonder… Read More »

Britain will explore wider access to diet drugs in a two-year pilot project

The UK government will launch a pilot program to explore how new injectable weight-loss drugs like Novo Nordisk’s Wegovy can be given to more obese patients outside specialist services in hospitals, it said on Wednesday (7 June). The $40 million ($50 million) pilot program comes after national drug efficacy watchdog NICE in March recommended the… Read More »

Merck sues the US government to stop negotiating the price of Medicare drugs

NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) – Merck & Co (MRK.N) sued the U.S. government on Tuesday, seeking to halt the Medicare drug price negotiation program contained in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which he says violates the Fifth and First Amendments to the United States Constitution. This is the first attempt by a drugmaker to… Read More »

The FDA gives the green light to imports of Chinese cancer drugs with a cure rate of up to 90%.

A drug that is the “backbone” of chemotherapy will be imported from China into the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced. The cisplatin used by one in five cancer patients has been in shortage since February, due to the closure of a major supplier. This drug, which has a 90% cure… Read More »

Cancer patients are facing widespread shortages of chemotherapy drugs

Comment on this storyComment Cancer patients and their doctors are grappling with a record shortage of effective chemotherapy, putting their treatments and their lives at risk. Most are cheap generic drugs that have been used in cancer medicine for decades, says Satyajit Kosuri, clinical director of the stem cell transplant and cell therapy program at… Read More »

Hospitals unexpectedly cut off from discounted drugs in outpatient clinics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios An unexpected policy change has left some hospital outpatient clinics potentially excluded from the government’s drug discount scheme, shaking up healthcare systems with many poorer patients who are used to buying cheaper medicines and keeping savings. Because matter: The change means healthcare systems can bear higher drug costs at a time when… Read More »

What drugs have replaced opioid painkillers? The answers may surprise you

If you go to the doctor complaining of pain, don’t be surprised if your doctor prescribes anti-epileptic drugs, or an antidepressant, or even plain old Tylenol or ibuprofen. As healthcare providers move away from addictive opioid painkillers, other classes of drugs with pain-relieving properties are filling the gap. A Buffalo News review of nearly 10… Read More »

Shortages of cancer drugs in the United States are forcing doctors to ration life-saving treatments

A critical shortage of cancer therapies is forcing thousands of patients to lose life-saving treatments, several major health organizations have warned. There are 14 cancer drugs listed in shortage by US regulators, including the generic chemotherapy drugs cisplatin and carboplatin, which are first-line treatments for many common types of cancer. Julie Gralow, chief medical officer… Read More »