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  1. Medical Marijuana: Legitimate Therapeutic Choice?

    By Barbara Bronson Gray HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Imagine a 68-year-old woman with advanced breast cancer, looking for a better way to ease her chronic pain, low appetite, fatigue and nausea. Should she or shouldn't she be prescribed marijuana? That's the question phy

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  2. FDA Panel Wants More Restrictions on Hydrocodone

    Jan. 28, 2013 -- It may become more difficult to get prescriptions for drugs containing hydrocodone combined with other pain relievers. An FDA panel voted 17 to 10 in favor of reclassifying hydrocodone-containing compounds, such as Vicodin, from Schedule III drugs under the Controlled Substances Act

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  3. Recall of More Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen Tablets

    Dec. 26, 2012 -- More lots of the combination painkiller hydrocodone-acetaminophen are being recalled by Mylan Institutional. The new alert follows a nationwide recall of 101 lots of the drugs issued by Qualitest Pharmaceuticals that occurred earlier this month. The FDA says the newly recalled lots

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  4. More Sleep May Help Some People Feel Less Pain

    Dec. 1, 2012 -- Not getting enough sleep? Some extra Zzzs each night may improve more than just your daytime alertness. New research shows more sleep may also improve your ability to withstand pain. In fact, sleepy volunteers who got about two hours more sleep per night for four nights showed improv

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  5. Drug Slows Knee Osteoarthritis Progression

    Nov. 12, 2012 -- A drug used outside the U.S. to treat osteoporosis may not only lessen the everyday pain associated with knee osteoarthritis, but may even slow down the progression of osteoarthritis, researchers say. The drug is called strontium ranelate. In a three-year study of more than 1,300 pe

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  6. Spine Infections Hit Fungal Meningitis Survivors

    Nov. 5, 2012 -- As many as a third of people suffering fungal meningitis linked to tainted steroids -- and others who did not get meningitis -- are coming down with dangerous infections in the spine. Some of these dangerous infections are epidural abscesses: pockets of fungus growing inside the spin

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  7. More Drug Shortages in Fungal Meningitis Aftermath

    Nov. 2, 2012 -- Safety steps taken in the wake of the fungal meningitis outbreak have worsened drug shortages, raising questions about whether the U.S. must choose between the safety and the availability of crucial medicines. Ameridose -- the sister firm of the NECC, the compounding pharmacy whose t

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  8. FDA: 2 More NECC Drugs Contaminated

    Nov. 1, 2012 -- Two more drugs made by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) are crawling with various kinds of bacteria, FDA tests reveal. The NECC is the Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose drugs are the likely source of the ongoing outbreak of fungal meningitis. The FDA previously found

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  9. 2nd Pharmacy Recalls Thousands of Drugs

    Oct. 31, 2012 -- Ameridose, a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy closely linked to the NECC pharmacy at the heart of the fungal meningitis outbreak, today recalled thousands of drugs sold to hospitals across the U.S. There have been no reports of fungal meningitis or other infections in patients who

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  10. New Warnings in Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

    Oct. 15, 2012 -- More patients -- not just those who got steroid shots -- will be getting calls from their doctors warning them they might have a dangerous fungal infection. The FDA now suspects fungal contamination is possible in all of the supposedly sterile products made by the New England Compou

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