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Triple-digit strategies for staying healthy updated: Mon Jul 02 2012 15:15:00

High temperatures will stay above 90 across much of the U.S. this week, and storms in the mid-Atlantic region have added power outages for millions already sweltering from the heat. Oh, did we mention there are fires blazing in the West?

Study: 10% of kids improperly vaccinatedupdated: Thu May 03 2012 09:55:00

A new study in Pediatrics finds some parents aren't giving their children routine vaccinations at recommended intervals.

Ethicist: We need safer drugs for our kidsupdated: Thu May 03 2012 09:55:00

What if most of the drugs your doctor gave you were untested, forcing him or her to guess at the correct medication and dosage -- making you an unwitting research subject whenever you took a pill?

Record Google fine to be split among law enforcement, Justice Departmentupdated: Mon Apr 02 2012 18:29:00

The Justice Department on Monday announced the distribution of a record $500 million civil fine paid by the Internet search engine giant Google in the wake of what the government called the unlawful sale of prescription drugs over the Internet. Google, the Justice Department said, was on notice as early as 2003 that online pharmacies were advertising prescription drugs online to users in the United States, but failed to prevent the practice.

'The Situation' goes to rehabupdated: Thu Mar 22 2012 10:42:00

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, star of "Jersey Shore," has gone into drug rehab for a prescription medication problem.

CNNMoney: How prescription drug abuse costs you moneyupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 18:08:00

One study puts the potential overall cost of painkiller abuse at more than $70 billion a year. Pill addicts who shop around for doctors to score prescriptions cost insurers $10,000 to $15,000 apiece. The toll in lost productivity: $42 billion. The criminal justice bill: $8.2 billion. It all adds up.

Truth Squad: Did Gingrich lobby for Medicare Part D?updated: Tue Jan 24 2012 06:06:00

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accused former House Speaker Newt Gingrich of having lobbied in favor of Medicare Part D, the federal program that provides drugs for senior citizens, during Monday night's Republican debate in Tampa, Florida. Romney said other congressmen said they were lobbied by Gingrich at the time.

CNNMoney: Drugstore wars ... on Twitter!updated: Thu Jan 12 2012 16:50:00

"It's time to take a stand against @ExpressScripts. Tell them people want a choice by tweeting hashtag #ILoveWalgreens."

Lipitor loses patent, goes genericupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 03:19:00

Lipitor, the popular cholesterol-lowering drug, loses its patent Wednesday, paving the way for cheaper generic versions.

Lipitor going genericupdated: Wed Nov 30 2011 03:19:00

The world's best-selling cholesterol drug will soon be available at a lower price. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Obama tackles drug shortages, pricesupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 14:33:00

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Monday designed to help reduce a growing number of prescription drug shortages while protecting patients from possible pharmaceutical industry price gouging.

22 arrested in Florida as part of 'pill mill' crackdownupdated: Fri Oct 28 2011 17:49:00

Law enforcement officers arrested 22 people Friday in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, as part of an effort to shut down so-called pill mills distributing illegal prescription drugs.

CNNMoney: Google pays $500 million to settle DOJ case over illegal drug adsupdated: Wed Aug 24 2011 12:13:00

Google has agreed to a $500 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for illegally allowing online Canadian pharmacies to advertise drugs to U.S. consumers.

Money Magazine: What health care reform is (and isn't) doing nowupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 05:20:00

It's been more than a year since President Obama signed health care reform into law. The act's biggest provisions, which will make it easier for the uninsured to buy coverage, don't take effect until 2014. But Congress, eager to sell the plan to a skeptical public, wrote in a few benefits that have already kicked in.

Officials fear for infants born to prescription drug addictsupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 18:19:00

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug overdose deaths in Florida are up a staggering 265% since 2003. But it's not just the deaths that have Florida officials worried; it's the births.

Pill abuse hits Florida babiesupdated: Sat Jul 30 2011 18:19:00

Florida sees an alarming spike in the number of babies born addicted to pills. CNN's Amber Lyon investigates.

CNNMoney: U.S. will pay for half of all health care costs by 2020updated: Thu Jul 28 2011 17:52:00

The U.S. government will foot the bill for half of all health care costs in the United States by 2020, according to a government report released Thursday.

CNNMoney: Medco's $29 billion deal might impact consumersupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 15:33:00

While a multi-billion dollar merger of Express Scripts and Medco is far from a done deal, analysts say it could potentially save money for consumers if it is approved by regulators.

Google under scrutiny for drug adsupdated: Fri Jul 01 2011 04:56:00

CNN's Drew Griffin reports that a dominant online search engine could face a huge fine for illegal online pharmacy ads.

High Court sides with generic drug makers in narrow rulingupdated: Thu Jun 23 2011 18:04:00

Two women who say they suffered severe medical complications from a generic drug lost their Supreme Court appeal Thursday, essentially ending their separate lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers.

CNNMoney: Prescription drugs worth millions to dealersupdated: Wed Jun 01 2011 08:51:00

Prescription drug abuse, now the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, has created a ballooning street market for highly-addictive pain relief, anxiety and depression drugs.

Out to change pharmaceutical industryupdated: Tue May 03 2011 06:17:00

Husband and wife Amina and Isa Odidi are looking to take the pharmaceutical industry by storm.

Fortune: The real winners in the pharma patent cliffupdated: Mon May 02 2011 13:21:00

Medco Health Solutions stockholders cheered when it topped profit estimates yesterday, but investors are really looking forward to what such pharmacy benefit managers might put under the tree for Christmas.

White House to combat Rx drug abuseupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 16:55:00

The Obama administration is launching a new effort to combat prescription drug abuse.

White House launches effort to combat soaring prescription drug abuseupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 16:55:00

Prescription drug overdose is now the fastest-growing drug problem in the country, surpassing the number of people who overdosed during both the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and the black tar heroin epidemic of the 1970s combined, the Obama administration says.

CNNMoney: Who pays for Obama's Medicare plan? Hint: Not seniorsupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 09:59:00

When it comes to deciding who pays to reduce runaway Medicare costs, President Obama and House Republicans have very different views.

Justices debate lawsuits over generic drug safetyupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 22:09:00

Two women who say they suffered severe medical complications from a generic drug are asking the Supreme Court to allow their separate lawsuits against the pharmaceutical manufactures to proceed. The justices, in oral arguments Wednesday, gave no clear indication where they were leaning.

Fortune: Generics' new legal attack: Big Pharma's aging patentsupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 15:26:00

Big Pharma faces a host of well-known problems, most notably that its blockbuster drugs are coming off patent at the same time that its pipeline of new drugs has turned into a drip. But the leading pharmaceutical companies like Novartis, Merck and Bayer are also battling another costly headache -- legal challenges to their existing patents are increasing with the rapidity of a centrifuge.

CNNMoney: Health care: Big change in drug costs for seniorsupdated: Thu Mar 03 2011 06:01:00

Under health care reform, consumers will see several new changes to their insurance coverage this year, the most significant of which affects the nation's 47 million Medicare beneficiaries.

Why health reform won't be repealedupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 13:05:00

This week, the House of Representatives plans to vote to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It will succeed.

New year, new lawsupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 17:07:00

In 2011, new laws kick in involving illegal plants, trash, and what to do if you're pulled over by a police officer.

New year brings new laws targeting your money, healthupdated: Mon Jan 03 2011 17:07:00

New laws going into effect in the new year could have a major effect on your pocketbook and your health. Here are some highlights:

DEA event encourages safe disposal of old prescription drugsupdated: Sat Sep 25 2010 16:56:00

The Drug Enforcement Administration urged Americans on Saturday to turn in their old and unused prescription drugs as part of an effort by the agency to stop a rise in prescription drug abuse.

Fortune: Why the EU banned Avandia but the FDA didn'tupdated: Fri Sep 24 2010 13:40:00

Avandia has taken some beatings over the years, but it pretty much took a fatal blow yesterday. That's when the Food and Drug Administration ruled to keep the drug on the market in the United States with some serious restrictions.

Fortune: Big Pharma's Challenge: Figuring out Chinaupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 13:21:00

Sanofi-aventis can't hire fast enough in China. The French drug giant has been paring its staff in the U.S. and Europe, but it is expanding its Chinese workforce by one-fifth every year and vying with other multinationals to recruit thousands of new sales representatives. These pitchmen, armed with information on Sanofi's latest cardiovascular and diabetes drugs, will fan across the mainland in pursuit of untapped markets.

CNNMoney: Big changes to your health insuranceupdated: Thu Sep 23 2010 11:09:00

September 23 marks the six-month anniversary of health reform. It's also the date when several key insurance changes come into effect.

Bring us your unused prescription drugs, DEA saysupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 12:12:00

The Drug Enforcement Agency wants people around the country to raid their medicine cabinets this week and get rid of any old or unused prescriptions that may still be lying around.

Fortune: What the Avandia ruling means for Big Pharmaupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 16:09:00

In a widely-anticipated ruling, a panel of experts will decide Wednesday whether or not to recommend that the FDA pull GlaxoSmithKline's blockbuster diabetes drug Avandia off the market in the United States. Lindsay Lohan Faces a Year of Random Drug Testingupdated: Thu Jul 08 2010 08:29:00

But she'll likely be eligible for early release from jail for good behavior and overcrowding

FDA issues warning against Magic Power Coffeeupdated: Sat Jun 19 2010 22:11:00

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Saturday for the public to stop using an instant coffee marketed as a sexual enhancer, the agency announced in a news release.

CNNMoney: Vermont to seniors: Return those $250 checksupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 12:48:00

The federal government is mailing $250 Medicare rebate checks this week, but Vermont is asking its seniors to send the money back to the state.

CNNMoney: $250 Medicare checks comingupdated: Mon Jun 07 2010 13:17:00

The government is mailing $250 checks this week to seniors who fall into the gap in Medicare's prescription drug coverage. Simon Monjack Was Due for Heart Bypass, Says Spokesmanupdated: Mon May 24 2010 21:08:00

Brittany Murphy's husband needed surgery, but he said it could wait

How physicians try to prevent 'doctor shopping'updated: Fri Apr 30 2010 10:56:00

Former child actor Corey Haim had prescriptions for as many as 553 dangerous drugs in the last year of his life, and it's the result of "doctor shopping," California's top law official said Tuesday.

Coupon culture extends to prescription medsupdated: Tue Apr 20 2010 10:03:00

Coupons give discounts on frozen meals, toothpaste, breakfast cereals and household cleaners. And increasingly, consumers are turning to coupons for their prescription medications, too.

Fortune: Dead $14 billion loophole could sink corporate health careupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 13:20:00

With President Obama still glowing over last week's passage of health-care reform, it's a good time to ask why American businesses ever began providing health-care coverage, and especially prescription drug benefits, to begin with. Out of all industrialized nations, only the United States has tied employment to health care and retirement coverage.

CNNMoney: Can't afford health care? Wait 'til Juneupdated: Fri Apr 02 2010 08:04:00

For millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans, health reform legislation will soon remove some of the barriers preventing them from getting the coverage they need.

Mexico's drugs: U.S. to blame?updated: Sun Mar 28 2010 15:41:00

Mexican president discusses the role the United States plays in fueling drug cartels.

Mexico drug cartels extend reach in U.S.updated: Sun Mar 28 2010 15:41:00

The availability of illegal drugs is increasing in the United States -- fueled largely by expanding activity from Mexican drug cartels -- and abuse of controlled prescription drugs is getting worse, according to the National Drug Threat Assessment 2010 report, released Thursday.

CNNMoney: AT&T takes $1 billion health care reform chargeupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 16:02:00

AT&T said Friday it will take a non-cash charge of about $1 billion for the current quarter in anticipation of costs resulting from the health care reform measure signed into law this week by President Obama.

Timeline: When health care reform will affect youupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 08:47:00

President Obama signed sweeping health care reform into law Tuesday. The Senate must now pass a package of changes that will reconcile the differences between Senate and House bills. If those changes are worked out, here is how health care reforms will affect you:

Health care: What happens when?updated: Fri Mar 26 2010 08:47:00

President Obama lays out a timeline for what Americans can expect from the new health care law.

Corey Haim tragedyupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 23:01:00

Showbiz Tonight's A.J. Hammer recounts the events leading up to Corey Haim's death and recaps the actor's career.

Corey Haim's death linked to prescription drug probe, AG saysupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 23:01:00

Corey Haim's death is linked to an "illegal and massive prescription-drug ring," California Attorney General Jerry Brown said Friday.

Herbal remedies, heart drugs a dangerous comboupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 17:20:00

If you take heart medication, you may want to avoid some of the most popular over-the-counter herbal supplements on the market, including ginseng, saw palmetto, and echinacea. These herbal remedies -- and many others -- can cause potentially serious problems in people taking heart medications, a new report warns.

Fortune: Alice in Bio-Landupdated: Wed Jan 20 2010 14:34:00

A recent jostling with thousands of life science bankers, investors, and executives at the packed JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco felt like Alice on the other side of the looking glass compared to 2009. Brittany Murphy Battled Flu-Like Symptoms Before Deathupdated: Tue Dec 22 2009 09:49:00

She had been taking prescription medication and her mother reported the actress also suffered diabetes

CNNMoney: Health perks for the unemployedupdated: Sat Nov 28 2009 22:40:00

Under the weather and out of a job? You could be eligible for free health services like flu shots and prescription drug refills.

Fortune: Merck in a post-blockbuster worldupdated: Tue Oct 20 2009 18:05:00

When Richard Clark was named CEO and president of Merck in 2005, the drug behemoth was reeling in the wake of the Vioxx scandal, which in 2004 forced the company to withdraw the blockbuster painkiller for safety reasons.

CNNMoney: Generics: A prescription for lower costsupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 13:59:00

Americans think about health care every time they open the plastic container of pills ordered by their doctor.

Fortune: White House drug deal won't save moneyupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 10:32:00

This is the fifth installment in a series of health-care columns by Fortune's Shawn Tully.

CNNMoney: The big riddle: How to lower health costsupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 07:19:00

More coverage. More choice. Better care.

Report criticizes Yahoo over prescription-drug adsupdated: Thu Aug 20 2009 18:27:00

One of the largest Internet search engines is being accused of violating both federal and state laws by accepting advertising from online pharmacies it should have known were selling drugs without valid prescriptions.

Fortune: Teva: The king of generic drugsupdated: Wed Aug 05 2009 12:35:00

No one knows what the CEOs of the biggest drug companies dream about, but their nightmares probably look a little like this:

Dental dopersupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 14:05:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez reports on addicts who are turning to dentists for prescription drugs like coedine and vicodin.

Pain relief can spiral into addiction to prescription drugsupdated: Tue Jul 14 2009 10:04:00

People who abuse prescription drugs often do so believing the pills are safe because they are prescribed by doctors and approved by the Food and Drug Administration, addiction experts tell CNN.

Sources: Jackson showed signs of IV drug useupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 09:24:00

When Michael Jackson collapsed at his rented mansion last month, the singer's arms were riddled with marks and their veins had collapsed -- both characteristics found in intravenous drug users, sources told CNN on Tuesday.

New details in Jackson deathupdated: Wed Jul 08 2009 09:24:00

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on the investigation into the cause of Michael Jackson's death.

FDA advisers vote to take Vicodin, Percocet off marketupdated: Tue Jun 30 2009 22:38:00

A government advisory panel voted Tuesday to recommend eliminating prescription drugs that combine acetaminophen with narcotics -- such as Vicodin and Percocet -- because of their risk for overdose and for severe liver injury.

Obama praises drug industry deal to cut costs for elderlyupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 16:49:00

President Obama on Monday strongly praised a decision by the nation's pharmaceutical industry to agree to a deal cutting drug costs for elderly Americans, calling it an example of the kind of compromise required for successful national health care reform.

Revolutionizing health careupdated: Sun Jun 21 2009 17:21:00

CNN's John King visits a high-tech clinic in Cleveland, Ohio where the costs are low, but the care is top-notch.

Deal reached to cut Medicare drug costsupdated: Sun Jun 21 2009 17:21:00

In a sign of progress in overhauling health care, the nation's pharmaceutical industry has agreed to a deal that will reduce drug costs for elderly Americans.

CNNMoney: Get a deal on prescription drugsupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 10:14:00

Paying for prescription drugs is getting harder. New drugs are more expensive than they used to be and consumers are shouldering more of the out-of-pocket costs. Here's how you can cut the cost of prescription drugs. Attorney: Howard K. Stern Innocent of 'Baseless' Allegationsupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 20:10:00

Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend appears in court as his attorney blasts the felony charges

Fortune: Health care's dealmaking couple is backupdated: Fri Mar 20 2009 11:36:00

The husband-and-wife team that built the first franchise to advise clients on health-care deals is reuniting. Frederick Frank and Mary Tanner joined Peter J. Solomon Co. this week to launch a new pharmaceutical and life sciences practice, just in time for the current wave of deal making that's sweeping Big Pharma.

Ten ways to save on prescription drugsupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 11:48:00

Dr. Jack Rodman's heart sank when he heard the news: One of his elderly patients with a heart condition had a stroke because she couldn't afford the medicines he'd prescribed her. Lawyer Says Howard K. Stern Hurt by Lies and Gossipupdated: Sat Mar 14 2009 19:32:00

"This case should not be tried in the court of public opinion," the attorney says after Stern is charged with felonies

Fortune: Big Pharma's new landscapeupdated: Thu Mar 12 2009 12:25:00

When Merck's $41 billion acquisition of Schering-Plough was announced Monday, it confirmed a major trend toward consolidation in Big Pharma.

CNNMoney: Musician gets high court OK to sue Wyethupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 12:01:00

A Vermont musician who lost an arm to gangrene after being given a common prescription medication won the right to collect nearly $7 million when the Supreme Court ruled in her favor Wednesday.

FDA says India plant falsified generic drug dataupdated: Wed Feb 25 2009 20:11:00

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that it has stopped reviewing drug applications from an India-based pharmaceutical plant, alleging that officials there falsified data and test results in applications, some of which the agency has already approved.

Prescription drugs impaired tanker-crash pilot, feds sayupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 23:06:00

The pilot of a tanker that crashed into the San Francisco Bay Bridge in 2007, causing a major oil spill, was under the influence of multiple prescription medications that impaired his judgment, federal officials said in a report Wednesday.

No health insurance? Get help hereupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 14:20:00

Dr. John Di Saia was playing baseball with his son a few weeks ago, and just as he rounded second base, he tumbled to the ground, breaking his fall with his elbow.

Help for the uninsuredupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 14:20:00's Reggie Aqui talks to CNN's Elizabeth Cohen about help for the uninsured.

CNNMoney: Cut the cost of your bare essentialsupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 10:43:00

There are some things you just can't live without. But here's how you can pay less for your essentials.

Fortune: Will merger be Pfizer's miracle drug?updated: Tue Jan 27 2009 12:33:00

Wall Street analysts have been urging pharma giant Pfizer to do something big and something soon. So that's what Pfizer did. The company's proposed acquisition of Wyeth in a deal valued at $68 billion is big, in fact the biggest pharma deal in almost a decade. But is it the right thing to fix Pfizer's particular set of problems? The New York City-based company has faced increased scrutiny as the looming expiration of its blockbuster statin drug Lipitor, which brings in about a quarter of Pfizer's revenue, is set to expire in 2011. What's more, the flow of new drugs through the company's pipeline has slowed considerably.

CNNMoney: Eli Lilly fined nearly $1.5B in drug marketing caseupdated: Thu Jan 15 2009 15:26:00

Eli Lilly and Company, the giant American drug company, agreed to pay nearly $1.5 billion in fines for marketing one of its medicines for uses not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Older Americans take risky combo of medicationsupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 16:16:00

Many older adults in the United States are taking a confusing combination of medications, some prescribed by doctors and others picked up over-the-counter or in health food stores.

Scientist: Stem cells could end animal testingupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 03:24:00

As well as their potential for creating effective therapies for debilitating diseases, embryonic stem cells could open the door to improved pharmaceutical drug testing, according to a leading British stem cell researcher.

Drug abuse preventionupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 15:49:00

An effort is under way to stop teens from getting high on prescription drugs. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

Campaign targets teen prescription drug abuseupdated: Mon Sep 29 2008 15:49:00

A dozen old family photos were strewn across the table as Gary Neal picked them up one by one. Medicare Drug Premiums to Rise 12% updated: Thu Aug 14 2008 18:00:00

The typical Medicare beneficiary can expect to see about a $3 increase in their monthly premiums for prescription drug coverage in 2009, federal officials said Thursday

Happy anniversary, Viagraupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 12:54:00

Viagra was approved by the FDA 10 years ago. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks back.

CNNMoney: Lilly CEO: From lab coat to corner officeupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 12:54:00

Eli Lilly & Co.'s incoming chief executive believes his background in the laboratory provides the formula needed to fill the drugmaker's dwindling pipeline.

CNNMoney: Prescription drug sales rate hits 47-year lowupdated: Thu Mar 13 2008 15:05:00

The sales rate of prescription medications slowed by more than half in 2007 to levels not seen since the early 1960s, according to a report released Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Big Pharma opens wallet to Demsupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 14:40:00

Democrats have long served as the traditional enemy of Big Pharma, but in this presidential campaign, the left is taking the lion's share of drugmaker money.

Fortune: Crackdown on Big Pharmaupdated: Wed Feb 20 2008 05:22:00

For years, Big Pharma has kept competition from generic drug makers at bay by essentially paying its would-be rivals to stay out of its business. Now government watchdogs have declared war on these financial deals - a move that could bring cheaper drugs to market faster while costing giant drug developers billions in lost revenue.

CNNMoney: The FDA's higher bar on new drugsupdated: Tue Feb 05 2008 13:22:00

It's looking like the number of drugs that got an OK from the Food and Drug Administration plunged in 2007, even as Big Pharma faces a slew of patent expirations.

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