prescription drug

  • painkillers
    January 6, 2015  

    Forty-six people die every day in the U.S. after overdosing on prescription painkillers, causing some states to crack down. Are tighter laws creating new problems? Judy Woodruff gets views from Bob Twillman of the American Academy of Pain Management and Dr. Andrew Kolodny of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing. Continue reading

  • Pharmacist
    December 31, 2013  

    Maine employers and consumers say that importing prescriptions from foreign mail-order pharmacies saves them a lot of money, so legislators passed a law legalizing imports. The drug industry and the state’s pharmacists say imports can be dangerous, while supporters say the drugs are identical. Now, a federal court will decide. Continue reading

  • March 24, 2010  

    Gwen Ifill talks to NPR reporter Julie Rovner about how changes to Medicare, including new taxes and adjustments in prescription drug coverage, under health care reform may impact Americans over the age of 65.

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  • September 28, 2009  

    Depending on which, if any, health care reform plan passes through Congress, Medicare faces cuts as high as $500 billion. But what would cuts entail? Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading

  • July 1, 2009  

    A doctor assesses a new FDA panel recommendation for a ban on such popular painkillers as Vicodin, Percocet and other drugs containing acetaminophen. Continue reading

  • April 21, 2009  

    The Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about whether Arizona school officials were justified in strip-searching a 13 year-old girl for prescription drugs on another student’s tip. The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle explains the case and its implications for power limits on school officials. Continue reading

  • August 19, 2008  

    A coalition of college and university presidents recently urged lawmakers to discuss making age 18 the legal limit for drinking as a means to curb alcohol abuse among students. Two university officials take up the controversial initiative that has sparked a national debate. Continue reading

  • April 15, 2008  

    Pharmaceutical company Merck knew in 2001 that its arthritis drug Vioxx could harm patients and used staffers to “ghostwrite” favorable research on the drug, articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association report. Susan Dentzer examines the charges. Continue reading

  • January 23, 2008  

    The makers of the cholesterol drug Vytorin pulled its telelvision ads off the air on Tuesday, after a study found the drug was no more effective at reducing the risk of heart attack than one of its generic counterparts. Two doctors offer perspective on the study and the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Continue reading

  • January 31, 2007  

    The Food and Drug Administration announced it is making more than a dozen changes to improve oversight of prescription drugs, including increased monitoring of drugs’ safety after they are on the market. FDA Commissioner Dr. Andrew Von Eschenbach discusses the changes. Continue reading

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