Detainees Sue Arkansas Jail That Gave Them Ivermectin to Treat Covid

For months, the jail’s doctor has promoted the drug, which health experts say should not be used to treat or prevent Covid-19.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #arkansas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #ivermectin-drug, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #washington-county

Unilever Pursues Glaxo and Pfizer Consumer Health Venture

Rejected three times, Unilever suggests it will keep fighting to acquire a giant in the world of pain relievers, toothpastes and cold treatments.

#cold-and-cold-spells, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #glaxosmithkline-plc, #london-england, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #pfizer-inc, #unilever-nv

Martin Shkreli Barred From Drug Industry and Must Repay $64.6 Million

A federal judge found that Mr. Shkreli violated state and federal antitrust laws by trying to maintain a monopoly over a lifesaving drug and must pay back the excess profits.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #cote-denise, #decisions-and-verdicts, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shkreli-martin-1983, #vyera-pharmaceuticals-llc

Financial Planning for People With Chronic Diseases

Financial planning for people with chronic diseases is complicated and multifaceted. Start by building a team of people to help.

#chronic-condition-health, #content-type-service, #disabilities, #disability-insurance, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #medicaid, #medicare, #national-multiple-sclerosis-society, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #personal-finances, #retirement

Senate Panel OKs Califf Nomination for F.D.A. Chief

A key committee was split mainly on party lines over the nomination of Dr. Robert Califf, foreshadowing divisions in the full Senate for a vote on confirmation.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #califf-robert-m, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #your-feed-healthcare

Medicare Proposes to Cover Aduhelm Only for Patients in Clinical Trials

If the preliminary decision is finalized this spring, it would sharply limit the number of patients who use the expensive drug.

#aduhelm-drug, #alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #medicare, #your-feed-healthcare

Melatonin for Sleep: How the Aid Works

The “vampire hormone” can act like a dose of sunset, tricking your body into feeling like it’s time to sleep.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #dreams, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #insomnia, #jet-lag, #melatonin-hormone, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sedatives, #sleep

In South Africa, Success Against H.I.V. Offers Hope

A former Africa correspondent, who covered the height of the AIDS epidemic there 15 years ago, finds lessons in the remarkable progress against that virus for our current fight.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #africa, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #south-africa, #two-thousands-decade, #zambia

In Southern Africa, Success Against H.I.V. Offers Hope for Beating Back Another Virus

A former Africa correspondent, who covered the height of the AIDS epidemic there 15 years ago, finds lessons in the remarkable progress against that virus for our current fight.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #africa, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #south-africa, #two-thousands-decade, #zambia

Covid Treatments Including Paxlovid Are Rationed as Cases Spike

Scarce supplies and surging Covid cases have caused health officials, hospitals, doctors and patients to scramble for pills and infusions.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #glaxosmithkline-plc, #hospitals, #paxlovid-drug, #pfizer-inc, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources

German Start-Ups Lay the Groundwork for a Marijuana Bonanza

Two of the three parties in Germany’s new governing coalition support legalization, a potentially radical shift in the conservative country.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #germany, #marijuana, #medical-marijuana, #politics-and-government

Biden Administration Doubles Order of Pfizer’s Covid Pill

President Biden announced that his administration would double its order of Pfizer’s scarce Covid-19 antiviral drug, which has been shown to reduce hospitalizations.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #paxlovid-drug, #pfizer-inc, #tests-medical

Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm Faces Crucial Medicare Decision

Medicare officials are trying to determine whether to cover Aduhelm, which the F.D.A. approved despite unclear evidence that it helps patients.

#aduhelm-drug, #alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #medicare, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Teva Pharmaceuticals Found Liable in Landmark Opioid Trial

The case was the first of its kind, targeting every point of the prescription opioid supply chain, from manufacturers to pharmacy chains that filled prescriptions.

#allergan-inc, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #central-islip-ny, #compensation-for-damages-law, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #johnsonjohnson, #long-island-ny, #nassau-county-ny, #new-york-state, #opioids-and-opiates, #suffolk-county-ny, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #teva-pharmaceutical-industries-ltd

F.D.A. Plans to Allow 12- to 15-Year-Olds to Receive Pfizer Boosters

Regulators will also allow even younger children with immune deficiencies to get an extra shot.

#biontech-se, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #pfizer-inc, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #vaccination-and-immunization, #walensky-rochelle

J. & J. Booster Protects Against Severe Omicron, Study Says

Two shots of the vaccine reduced the risk of hospitalization from the fast-spreading variant by 85 percent, a clinical trial found.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #johnsonjohnson, #research, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization

Beneath a Covid Vaccine Debacle, 30 Years of Government Culpability

Washington has rejected plans to revamp vaccine preparedness for decades and repeatedly paid a price. The Biden administration is at a similar crossroads.

#anthrax, #astrazeneca-plc, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #biological-and-chemical-warfare, #biomedical-advanced-research-and-development-authority, #botulism, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #el-hibri-fuad, #emergent-biosolutions-inc, #epidemics, #food-and-drug-administration, #gaithersburg-md, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #politics-and-government, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #smallpox, #stockpiling, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

F.D.A. Clears Pfizer’s Covid Pill for High-Risk Patients 12 and Older

The first-of-its-kind treatment, Paxlovid, has been found to be highly protective against severe illness. It could be available within a few days.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #molnupiravir-drug, #paxlovid-drug, #pfizer-inc, #your-feed-science

Walgreens and CVS Limit Purchases of At-Home Coronavirus Tests

The caps come as the rapid spread of the Omicron variant has customers flocking to testing sites and pharmacies, which are struggling to keep up.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cvs-caremark-corporation, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #shortages, #tests-medical, #walgreen-co

How to Cope With Medicare’s Rising Costs

A higher Medicare premium in 2022 is just part of the puzzle of health care costs for older Americans. But there are ways to plan.

#aduhelm-drug, #content-type-service, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #finances, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #inflation-economics, #longevity, #medicare, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #social-security-us

Family in Nigeria Lost 3 Daughters to Sickle Cell. Can They Save a Fourth?

About 150,000 babies are born each year in Nigeria with sickle cell, a deadly disease. Tens of thousands of them die annually before their fifth birthdays.

#africa, #blood, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-fatalities, #debaun-michael-r, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #genetics-and-heredity, #kano-nigeria, #lancet-the-journal, #national-institutes-of-health, #nigeria, #sickle-cell-anemia, #stroke, #tests-medical

Biogen Slashes Price of Alzheimer’s Drug Aduhelm, as It Faces Obstacles

A group of Alzheimer’s experts and health advocates called on the F.D.A. to withdraw its approval of the drug, the latest of several setbacks for the treatment.

#aduhelm-drug, #alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

Novavax’s Covid Vaccine Is Authorized in Europe

The vaccine will be the fifth to become available in the E.U., which already has ample supplies.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #novavax-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

Judge Overturns Purdue Pharma’s Opioid Settlement

The ruling said the company’s owners, members of the Sackler family, could not receive protection from civil lawsuits in return for a $4.5 billion contribution.

#appeals-courts-us, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #justice-department, #office-of-the-united-states-trustee, #opioids-and-opiates, #oxycontin-drug, #pain-relieving-drugs, #purdue-pharma, #sackler-family, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Elizabeth Holmes Trial: Closing Arguments Are Set to Begin

Prosecutors said Ms. Holmes, the Theranos founder, deliberately chose to lie instead of letting the start-up fail.

#computers-and-the-internet, #dating-and-relationships, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

F.D.A. Will Permanently Allow Abortion Pills by Mail

The decision will broaden access to medication abortion, an increasingly common method, but many conservative states are already mobilizing against it.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #mifeprex-ru-486, #telemedicine, #united-states, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

Pfizer’s Covid Pill Works Well, Company Confirms in Final Analysis

The treatment, called Paxlovid, is likely to work against Omicron and could be available in the United States before the end of the year.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #molnupiravir-drug, #paxlovid-drug, #pfizer-inc, #your-feed-science

Senators Question Califf, the F.D.A. Nominee, on Opioid Crisis and Pandemic Response

A Senate panel hearing on Tuesday signaled that Dr. Robert Califf, who briefly led the agency during the Obama administration, had some bipartisan support.

#abortion, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #califf-robert-m, #consumer-protection, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #google-inc, #labeling-and-labels-product, #opioids-and-opiates, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate-committee-on-health-education-labor-and-pensions, #united-states-politics-and-government, #verily-life-sciences-llc, #your-feed-healthcare

Can Eye Drops Replace Reading Glasses?

Vuity, a once-a-day treatment that can help users see up close without affecting their long-range vision, went on the market Thursday after being approved by the F.D.A. in October.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #eyeglasses, #eyes-and-eyesight

Firms Push for Over-the-Counter Access to Birth-Control Pills

Two drugmakers have been mired for years in the pre-application phase of getting F.D.A. approval for over-the-counter use.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #cadence-health-inc, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #hra-pharma, #medicine-and-health

Merck’s Covid Pill Might Pose Risks for Pregnant Women

Some laboratory studies suggest that molnupiravir can insert errors in DNA, which could in theory harm a developing fetus, sperm cells or children.

#birth-defects, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #merckcompany-inc, #molnupiravir-drug, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #research, #your-feed-science

Elizabeth Holmes Returns to the Stand on Tuesday.

The climax of the cross-examination of Ms. Holmes, founder of the blood testing start-up Theranos, sends her fraud trial to its end stage.

#computers-and-the-internet, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #venture-capital

New Covid Antiviral Pills Offer Hope as Omicron Looms

Merck and Pfizer will soon debut prescription pills to treat Covid-19. And more drugs are on the way.

#clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #molnupiravir-drug, #research, #your-feed-science

Biden Focuses on How Spending Bill Would Lower Drug Costs

President Biden emphasized how the bill would lower prescription drug costs, an issue his administration hopes will build support for the broader package.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #diabetes, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #insulin, #medicare, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Syria’s Ruins, a Drug Empire Flourishes

Powerful associates of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, are making and selling captagon, an illegal amphetamine, creating a new narcostate on the Mediterranean.

#amphetamines, #assad-bashar-al, #assad-maher-al, #bekaa-valley-lebanon, #damascus-syria, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #greece, #hezbollah, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #italy, #jordan, #latakia-syria, #lebanon, #malaysia, #mediterranean-sea, #methamphetamines, #middle-east, #politics-and-government, #ports, #saudi-arabia, #ships-and-shipping, #smuggling, #syria-report-the, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In Africa, Dealing With Vaccine Challenges and the Omicron Variant

Vaccine shortages and skepticism, and rewarding countries for discovering variants. Also: Happiness and politics; unwanted children; beware of psychedelics.

#abortion, #africa, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #happiness, #liberalism-us-politics, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls

Will High Vaccination Rates Help Spain Weather Omicron?

Spain surpassed others in Europe by avoiding politicized debate about Covid shots. Citizens also largely heeded the health guidance from their leaders.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #spain, #vaccination-and-immunization

What Can One Life Tell Us About the Battle Against H.I.V.?

In 2001, U.N. estimates suggested 150 million people would be infected with H.I.V. by 2021. That preceded an ambitious global campaign to curb the virus. How well did it work?

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #global-fund-to-fight-aids-tuberculosis-and-malaria, #internal-open-access, #presidents-emergency-plan-for-aids-relief, #unaids

Omicron is Here. Will We Use Our New Covid Drugs Wisely?

The world must not repeat history by making Covid-19 drugs inaccessible. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #intellectual-property, #inventions-and-patents, #molnupiravir-drug, #world-health-organization

Build Back Better Act Would Patch Holes in Health Coverage

Taken together, the provisions in the social policy bill represent the biggest step toward universal coverage since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #law-and-legislation, #medicaid, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010

Merck’s Covid Treatment Pill Wins Blessing of F.D.A. Panel

The treatment, known as molnupiravir, could be authorized in the United States within days, and available within weeks, if the F.D.A. follows the committee’s recommendation.

#antibodies, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #merckcompany-inc, #molnupiravir-drug

South African Company Nears License to Sell J. & J. Covid Shot Across Africa

The new agreement makes Aspen Pharmacare the first African company to market a Covid vaccine on the continent. But it stops short of allowing Aspen to make the ingredients in the vaccine.

#africa, #aspen-pharmacare, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #intellectual-property, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnsonjohnson, #south-africa, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Antiviral Covid-19 Pills Are Coming. Will There Be Enough Tests?

The pills must be given early in the course of infection, which means access to timely, accurate test results will be crucial.

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #income-inequality, #merckcompany-inc, #pfizer-inc, #tests-medical, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Will the Vaccines Stop Omicron? Scientists Are Racing to Find Out.

A “Frankenstein mix” of mutations raises concerns, but the variant may remain vulnerable to current vaccines. If not, revisions will be necessary.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #immune-system, #north-america, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

Elizabeth Holmes Points Fingers at Others and Says She Was a Believer

In her most substantial day of testimony, Ms. Holmes, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up Theranos, painted herself as someone whose best intentions were misinterpreted.

#boards-of-directors, #computers-and-the-internet, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #san-jose-calif, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Fueled Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

This is the first jury verdict in an opioid case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioid cases had recently rejected.

#cvs-caremark-corporation, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #drugstores, #liability-for-products, #ohio, #opioids-and-opiates, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #walgreen-co, #walmart-stores-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

CVS, Walgreens and Walmart Perpetuated Opioid Crisis, Jury Finds

This is the first jury verdict in an opioids case. The decision embraced a key legal argument that judges in other opioids cases had recently rejected.

#cvs-caremark-corporation, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #drugstores, #liability-for-products, #ohio, #opioids-and-opiates, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #walgreen-co, #walmart-stores-inc, #your-feed-healthcare

Concerns Grow Over Safety of Aduhelm After Death of Patient Who Got the Drug

Newly published safety data shows that 41 percent of patients in key clinical trials of the Alzheimer’s drug experienced brain bleeding or swelling, though many cases were asymptomatic.

#aduhelm-drug, #alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #brain, #clinical-trials, #deaths-fatalities, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #food-and-drug-administration, #jama-neurology-journal, #labeling-and-labels-product, #rbc-capital-markets, #research, #your-feed-science

Inflation and Retirement: How to Protect Your Savings

With prices rising at their fastest rate in decades, people in retirement or approaching it should take extra care to protect their savings.

#consumer-price-index, #content-type-service, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #inflation-economics, #medicare, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #retirement, #social-security-us, #united-states, #united-states-economy

F.D.A. Authorizes Coronavirus Booster Shots for All Adults

If the C.D.C. agrees, adults who received a second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago could be eligible by this weekend.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #food-and-drug-administration, #moderna-inc, #pfizer-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization