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Drug Co Payments, Caps Might Deprive Patients Of Needed Medications
A new review of existing research suggests that co-pays and caps on drug expenditures could keep crucial medications out of the hands of those who need them.The review authors examined 21 studies that looked at a variety of prescription drug payment policies. Some had a cap, a maximum number of prescriptions or drugs that are reimbursed. Read More...


GPhA Annual Meeting Focuses On Industry Opportunities And Challenges For 2008
More than 400 generic industry leaders, financial experts and political officials gathered today for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) Annual Meeting to discuss the critical issues facing the generic industry in 2008. With the theme of "Generics: The Right Choice for Better Health," conference participants discussed the industry opportunities and challenges in this important legislative and election year. Read More...


International Pharmaceutical Company To Pay Over 323,000 Dollars To State Medicaid Program For Engaging In Unfair Business Practices
Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office reached a settlement agreement with Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(Aventis), an international drug company headquartered in Bridgewater, NJ, to resolve claims that the company engaged in improper price reporting and marketing practices. Aventis has agreed to pay the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Medicaid Program over $323,000 as a result of the settlement. Read More...

levaquin drug

Levaquin is the brand name for one of the antibiotics in the family of drugs called fluoroquinolones. Levaquin is a widely used and effective antibiotic medication used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. A widely applicable drug, Levaquin 500 mg is prescribed for infections of the skin, lungs and airways, ears, joints and bones, as well as resistant strains of bacteria that cause chronic urinary tract infections. Levaquin

Bactrim drug

Bactrim is the trade name for a widely used and effective antibiotic. The bactrim ds drug is a sulfonamide, or 'sulfa' drug. Bactrim is a widely used and effective antibiotic medication used to treat and prevent bacterial infections. The Bactrim antibiotic may also be used to prevent bacterial infections in persons with weakened or compromised immune systems. Bactrim

flagyl drug

Flagyl is an effective and valued defense against bacterial infection. The generic name for Flagyl is metronidazole. The Flagyl drug is an antibiotic used to treat a variety of bacterial infections. Flagyl is made from metronidazole and is sold generically by the same name. The Flagyl antibiotic is used to effectively kill anaerobic (low oxygen) bacteria and certain parasites in humans. Flagyl

Seroquel drug

Seroquel is an anti-psychotic medication available only by prescription. Seroquel is the trade-name for the generic drug Quetiapine Fumarate. Seroquel is used in the treatment of schizophrenia to control delusions, hallucinations, thought problems and difficulties connecting with reality. Seroquel may also be prescribed on a short-term basis for the treatment of mania associated with bipolar disorder. Seroquel

Lamictal drug

Lamictal is the trade name for the drug lamotrigine. Lamictal is an anti-convulsant medication available only with a doctor's prescription. Lamotrigine, a prescription medication most readily recognized by its trade name Lamictal, is an anti-convulsant prescription medication used to treat seizures and mood swings. Lamictal

Vytorin drug

Vytorin is a prescription drug used to control cholesterol. Generically, it is known by its combined ingredients, ezetimibe and simvastatin. Vytorin works to lower levels of 'bad' cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL), while raising levels of good cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL). Vytorin

Cymbalta drug

Cymbalta is a prescription drug used to treat the symptoms of major depression disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Diabetic Nerve Pain. Approved by the FDA, Cymbalta offers dramatic relief with very few, and generally mild side effects; its generic name is Duloxetine. Cymbalta

Biaxin drug

Biaxin is a prescription antibiotic used to fight off bacteria; it is a member of the class of antibiotics called macrolide antibiotics. The generic name for Biaxin is Clarithromycin. Biaxin

Elavil drug

Elavil is an antidepressant medication available only by prescription. Elavil is the trade-name for the generic drug Amitriptyline hydrochloride. Elavil

Fioricet drug

Fioricet is a prescription medication that is used to treat chronic headaches. It is a combination drug which contains acetaminophen, butalbital, and caffeine. It is categorized as an analgesic, or painkiller. Fioricet

Tramadol drug

Soma is used in the treatment of discomfort related to certain muscle conditions. Usually used in conjunction with rest and treatment with physical therapy. Soma

Tramadol drug

Tramadol is a centrally acting analgesic, generally used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Further, it is often used to treat most types of neuralgia. Tramadol
DRUGS NEWS
USA Today Investigation Examines Contributing Factors In Prescription Errors
Corporate policies for pharmacies -- "such as allowing or encouraging pharmacists to fill hundreds of prescriptions daily and rewarding fast work -- can contribute to errors" in prescription type or dosage, according to a USA Today investigation. The investigation examined policies and alleged errors at Read More...


Pharmacy President Prescribes Rebuke To Dispensing Doctors, UK
Following comment from the Dispensing Doctors' Association (DDA), in response to the Department of Health's consultation on the Responsible Pharmacist, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPSGB) believes the DDA is underestimating the importance of the pharmacists' role. RPSGB President Hemant Patel said: "The Dispensing Doctors Association suggests that dispensing can be performed safely and efficiently without the intervention of a pharmacist. Read More...


Successful Quitting Increase - NPA Resources Available For Pharmacy Services, UK
NPA has support resources for members wanting to provide a stop smoking service in light of the increasing number of people giving up. Data published this week by The Information Centre for Health and Social Care shows that almost 165,000 people in England gave up smoking with the help of the NHS last summer, when smoking was banned in enclosed public spaces. This is a 28% increase in the number of people successfully using NHS Stop Smoking Services compared to 2006. Read More...