December 13, 2011

A new law in Washington state intended to curb accidental deaths related to opioid painkillers is having some adverse side effects, according to published reports.

December 13, 2011

New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that would forbid health insurers from requiring plan members to order prescription drugs from mail-order pharmacies, according to published reports.

December 12, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new formulation of a painkiller made by Endo Pharmaceuticals designed to thwart drug abuse, Endo said Monday.

December 12, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a generic painkiller made by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Sun said.

December 12, 2011

Following months of meetings and negotiations with the drug and chemical industries, the Food and Drug Administration has released a draft of the goals of the Generic Drug User Fee Act.

December 9, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday released new recommendations to treat latent tuberculosis infection.

December 9, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a topical gel made by Antares Pharma for overactive bladder.

December 9, 2011

Preserve Community Pharmacy Access Now — a coalition of consumers, businesses and community-based pharmacists banded together for the purpose of opposing the planned merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions — on Thursday responded to testimony provided by George Paz, Express Scripts CEO, before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights hearing held Tuesday.

December 8, 2011

A Food and Drug Administration panel of 13 advisers has voted in favor of a drug made by Pfizer for treating kidney cancer, the drug maker said Wednesday.

December 8, 2011

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association has appointed a new executive who will help guide the organization's newly created research and education institute.

December 8, 2011

A group of medical associations on Wednesday denounced the government's decision to maintain the status quo with regard to the prescription status of the emergency contraceptive Plan B.

December 8, 2011

New legislation proposed in the Senate would strengthen penalties against people who traffic in counterfeit medications.

December 7, 2011

Five trade associations representing the dietary supplement industry on Tuesday collectively called for an overhaul of the Food and Drug Administration's draft guidance regarding new dietary ingredient reporting requirements.

December 7, 2011

A drug in late-stage clinical trials appears to treat the symptoms of autism, the drug's developer said Wednesday.

December 7, 2011

Prescribers, patients and specialty care centers no longer will be required to enroll in safety monitoring programs for two drugs used to treat low platelet counts, following changes to their risk evaluation and mitigation strategies.

December 7, 2011

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. marshals on Tuesday seized raw materials imported by Infinity Marketing Group containing ephedrine alkaloids, a large family of pharmacological compounds called sympathomimetics that have been banned by the FDA for use in dietary supplements since 2004.

December 7, 2011

Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg on Wednesday issued a public statement that the agency was prepared to approve Plan B as a nonprescription medication, but reversed that decision following a directive from the Department of Health and Human Services Wednesday morning.

December 7, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday denied a request made by Teva Pharmaceuticals to relax merchandising restrictions for the emergency contraceptive Plan B.

December 7, 2011

The state government of Washington is set to bow out of the liquor business on June 1 thanks to a ballot initiative that passed last month, but two labor unions are hoping to stop it, according to published reports.

December 6, 2011

George Paz, Express Scripts chairman and CEO, and David Snow, Medco Health Solutions chairman and CEO, were in a pair of hot seats Tuesday afternoon before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.

December 6, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration will decide on Wednesday whether to remove merchandising restrictions on the emergency contraceptive Plan B and allow the product to be merchandised in the front-end without age restrictions, according to a report published Monday in the Washington Post.

December 6, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday issued seven warning letters to companies marketing over-the counter human chorionic gonadotropin products that are labeled as "homeopathic" for weight loss.

December 5, 2011

As many as 111 million Americans had gotten a flu shot by mid-November, representing 36% of the 305 million Americans over the age of 6 months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated in a media telebriefing Monday afternoon.

December 5, 2011

Bootlegging, debauching and murdering its way through the second season, HBO’s Prohibition-themed series “Boardwalk Empire” has dramatized an era alien to its viewers but whose vestiges have remained in much of the country.