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Under Scrutiny, Some Telehealth Firms Are Rethinking ADHD Drugs

The largest online mental health startup has tightened its prescription practices after criticism by medical professionals that its aggressive social-media marketing and workplace culture made some addictive medications too easy to get. And there are signs that scrutiny of mental …

Walgreens, Drugmakers Blame Others for San Francisco’s Opioid Crisis

Pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots Alliance and other defendants on Tuesday said they were not to blame for the opioid crisis in San Francisco, and that they acted responsibly when providing legal medications to patients in pain. “Almost all of those …

Mental Health Drug Prescriptions Rising

The number of Americans taking mental health prescription medication is up 6.4% in the last year, which means that 65 million people (1 in 5) are now prescribed medication to help them cope with stress, anxiety or depression, according to …

Mallinckrodt Puts Off Planned Generics Spinoff Amid Opioid Cases

Mallinckrodt Plc said it would suspend the spinoff of its specialty-generics business as it grapples with a wave of lawsuits related to opioid painkillers and a bruising marketplace for copycat medicines. The company is still considering a range of options …

Side Effects Aren’t Always Discovered Prior to FDA Drug Approval

Almost one-third of new drugs approved by U.S. regulators over a decade ended up years later with warnings about unexpected, sometimes life-threatening side effects or complications, a new analysis found. The results covered all 222 prescription drugs approved by the …

Prescribed Drugs Increasing in Fatal Crashes Involving Drugged Drivers

Since 1993, the profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially. A study released in Public Health Reports shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, and multiple drugs, and they are more likely to be …

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Are On Prescription Drugs

Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug, and more than half take two, Mayo Clinic researchers say. Antibiotics, antidepressants and painkilling opioids are most commonly prescribed, their study found. Twenty percent of patients are on …

Washington Man Caught Faking Work Injuries For Drugs

A Washington man thought he found the perfect way to get prescription narcotics – go to a hospital claiming to be in pain due to a work related injury. But an investigation by Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries uncovered …