Major Drug Maker Is Close to Settling Case to Avert First Federal Trial in Opioid Crisis

ImageMallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals has tentatively agreed to pay $24 million to two Ohio counties to avoid going to trial over its role in the opioid epidemic.Remaining defendants in the initial Ohio trial include Johnson & Johnson, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Walgreens, and the three giant drug distributors — Cardinal Health, AmerisourceBergen and McKesson. Read more »

Babies Display ‘Werewolf Syndrome’ After Getting Anti-Baldness Drug by Mistake

Europe|Babies Display ‘Werewolf Syndrome’ After Getting Anti-Baldness Drug by MistakeImageThe Farmaquimica Sur laboratory in Málaga, Spain, was shut down after it supplied the mislabeled drug.ETMADRID — At least 17 children in Spain developed a form of “werewolf syndrome” after they were given medication intended to treat heartburn that was actually used to stop hair loss. Read more »

The $6 Million Drug Claim

The drug, Strensiq, treats a rare bone disease that afflicted her with excruciating pain and left her struggling to work or care for her family.As more and more families are beseeching drug companies and insurers to pay for this novel class of treatments, both big and small employers are getting hit with higher drug bills. Read more »

Screen All Adult Patients for Drug Abuse, National Panel Urges

Preventive Services Task Force said.CreditCreditKathryn Gamble for The New York TimesA national panel of health experts recommended on Tuesday that doctors screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, including improper use of prescription medications. Read more »

Trump Administration Proposes Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper Prescriptions

Health|Trump Administration Proposes Allowing Drug Imports for Cheaper PrescriptionsConsumers and some Democrats have long complained that the United States should be allowed to buy drugs from Canada, where high-priced products like insulin are much cheaper.Under the plan, the administration said it would propose a rule to permit pilot programs developed by states, pharmacies or drug distributors that sought to safely import prescription medications from Canada. Read more »

A Drug Prolonged Life in Younger Women With Advanced Breast Cancer

Sylvia Adams, a breast cancer specialist and researcher at NYU Langone Health’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, said in an email.In the United States, 268,600 new cases of breast cancer are expected this year, and 41,760 deaths. Read more »

Drug Prices Will Soon Appear in Many TV Ads

The proposal could be challenged by the drug industry, which argues that revealing the list price will confuse consumers and could violate the companies’ First Amendment rights.”The drug industry has pointed out that many patients with insurance coverage pay far less than the list price. Read more »