Johns Hopkins study finds that taking Tylenol while pregnant increases child risk for ADH or autism spectrum disorder by 3 times

A study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins found that exposure to acetaminophen (Tylenol) in the womb may increase a child’s risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder. The researchers analyzed data from the Boston Birth Cohort, a 20-year study of early life factors influencing pregnancy and child development. They found that children […]

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Reckitt Benckiser Group to pay $22.7 million to Kentucky in Medicaid fraud case for Suboxone administration without counseling

Reckitt Benckiser will pay $22.7 million in state and federal Medicaid dollars after reaching an agreement with a pharmaceutical distributor over its improper marketing and promotion of the drug Suboxone. The civil settlement resolves allegations that, from 2010 through 2014, Reckitt, directly or through its subsidiaries, knowingly: Promoted the sale and use of Suboxone to […]

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Generic form of heartburn drug Zantac still on shelves despite warnings that it may contain known carcinogen

The manufacturer  of a generic form of the heartburn drug Zantac, Novartis,  will cease distribution of the medicine after investigations suggested that generic and branded versions contain a known carcinogen. A distribution halt is not the same as a full recall, and generic Zantac (ranitidine) remaining on store shelves can still be sold, CBS News reported. In […]

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Why insulin and other medications are so much cheaper to buy in Canada $32 versus $320 in the U.S.

Canada, like many other industrialized countries, has price controls on the cost of pharmaceuticals. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board strictly regulates the price of patented medicine sold in Canada so that it is not excessive. However Canada does not regulate the price of generic drugs. The United States has no regulations on the price of medications […]

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Kentucky Physician Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison After Illegal Opioid Prescriptions Lead to Numerous Patient Overdose Deaths

Dr. Michael Lee Cummings, of Albany Kentucky, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, as well as three years of supervised release and a $400,000 fine after pleading guilty to 13 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances. The investigation of Cummings began in 2015 after it was found that many of his patients had died in overdose-related […]

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Birmingham Doctor and Nurse Convicted of Health Care Fraud, Unlawful Drug Distribution, and Money Laundering

Dr. Patrick Ifediba, 60, and his sister, Ngozi Ozuligbo, were convicted for health care fraud, unlawful drug distribution, and money laundering revolving around a massive scheme that garnered nearly $8 million in fraudulent funds. According to the Department of Justice, Ifediba was operating as a doctor of internal medicine and the owner of Care Complete Medical […]

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Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. Will Pay Over $7 Million in Civil Suit Following Allegations of Price Fixing

Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., a New Jersey-based company, has been ordered to pay more than $7 million after being charged with conspiring with its competitors to fix prices, rig bids, and allocate customers. According to the Department of Justice, Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc. was part of an antitrust conspiracy which involved several other companies and leaders in the […]

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