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FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen FDA Finally Approves a Cheaper, Generic Version of the EpiPen

A life-saving but increasingly expensive treatment for severe allergic attacks is poised to become cheaper.

The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests The Psychedelic Drug DMT Can Simulate a Near-Death Experience, Study Suggests

Not everyone who is close to death—or thinks they are, at least—has a “near-death experience.” But those who do often hallucinate that they leave their bodies, meet otherworldly beings, see bright flashes and tunnels of light, and more. Those who take the psychedelic drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT— a compound found…

More Than 70 People Overdosed on Synthetic Weed in Connecticut This Week More Than 70 People Overdosed on Synthetic Weed in Connecticut This Week

Synthetic cannabinoids are behind yet another mass overdose in the U.S. More than 70 people in New Haven, Connecticut suffered overdoses thought to be caused by the lab-made drug known as K2 within the span of a day, NBC Connecticut reported Wednesday. As a result, 72 people were sent to a hospital to be checked out,…

Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever Skyrocketing Rates of Fentanyl Deaths Led to the Deadliest Year for Opioid Overdoses Ever

More people are dying from drug overdoses in the U.S. than ever before, according to a new preliminary report released Wednesday by the federal government. There were an estimated 72,287 drug overdose deaths last year, the report found, with the majority caused by opioids. The toll is yet another record high.

New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing  New York Becomes Latest State to Sue Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing 

The State of New York is suing Purdue Pharma, one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, for what it says is the company’s role in driving the opioid crisis. On Tuesday morning, the attorney general’s office announced that it was filing a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company for…

Veterinarians Say Pet Owners Are Hurting Animals to Get Opioids Veterinarians Say Pet Owners Are Hurting Animals to Get Opioids

A recent survey suggests that some people struggling with opioid addiction might be turning to a tragically desperate method to get more prescription painkillers: Hurting their own pets. And veterinarians themselves may be abusing opioids or helping to illegally sell them.

People Are Getting Sick From an Opioid-Like 'Dietary Supplement': Report People Are Getting Sick From an Opioid-Like 'Dietary Supplement': Report

People are increasingly turning to an unconventional drug to supplement their opioid addiction, suggests a new report published this week. And some are getting sick as a result. Since 2014, hundreds of people have apparently rung up their local poison control center in connection to tianeptine, an antidepressant not …

We May Finally Know How Notorious Pregnancy Drug Thalidomide Hurt Thousands of Babies We May Finally Know How Notorious Pregnancy Drug Thalidomide Hurt Thousands of Babies

The devastating story of thalidomide—a once-popular morning sickness drug later found to cause terrible birth defects—might have a few more chapters left to it. A new study published this week in the journal eLife claims to have discovered how the drug was able to so brutally harm developing fetuses in the 1950s and…

Americans' Legal Opioid Use Hasn’t Budged Much Over the Past Decade Americans' Legal Opioid Use Hasn’t Budged Much Over the Past Decade

Despite a growing awareness of the dangers and risks of opioid addiction among doctors and patients, the average amount of opioids prescribed to Americans over the past decade has barely budged, suggests a new study published Wednesday in The BMJ. But it’s difficult to know just how much this reality accounts for the…

Juul Customers Are Going to Court Over Allegedly Super-Addictive E-Cigarettes Juul Customers Are Going to Court Over Allegedly Super-Addictive E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarette company Juul Labs is facing increasing controversy lately, thanks to its huge appeal among teens. The latest batch of bad publicity comes from three recent lawsuits, brought by young Juul users and their families, who allege Juul’s products are more addictive than traditional cigarettes. The…

Two Cancer Drugs Found to Boost Aging Immune Systems  Two Cancer Drugs Found to Boost Aging Immune Systems 

Drugs that can lengthen life have long been a hallmark of speculative science fiction—many hope for an invention that could extend average lifespans well into the triple digits in the distant future. But the timeline of these drugs could be shorter than we think. A new clinical trial published Wednesday in Science…

CVS Is Being Sued for Selling Bullshit Homeopathic Products CVS Is Being Sued for Selling Bullshit Homeopathic Products

The pharmacy and retail chain CVS has been hit with a civil lawsuit over its marketing of what might be the silliest kind of pseudoscience to still enjoy a modicum of popularity. It alleges that CVS has defrauded the general public by implying homeopathic remedies sold at its stores and online are every bit as…

More People Are Inhaling Heroin, and It's Destroying Brain Tissue More People Are Inhaling Heroin, and It's Destroying Brain Tissue

People living with opioid addiction are increasingly using the inhalation method to get high, warns a new review published Monday in JAMA Neurology. The technique known as “chasing the dragon,” which involves heating up heroin and inhaling its fumes through a pipe, may be safer in some ways than injection, but it…

Report: Doctors Who Recommend Drugs for Approval Often Get Big Pharma Money After Report: Doctors Who Recommend Drugs for Approval Often Get Big Pharma Money After

The Food and Drug Administration is doing a poor job of making sure the doctors who review drugs for possible approval are free of bias, alleges a new investigative report published this week in Science. Many of these reviewers, while having no clear financial conflicts of interest prior to their work for the FDA,…

The Price of Viagra Is Only Getting Even Stiffer The Price of Viagra Is Only Getting Even Stiffer

So much for President Donald Trump’s guarantee of “massive” drops in drug prices in the near future. On Monday, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced a slew of price increases for many of its best-selling brand name drugs, including Viagra, the Financial Times first reported. Amazingly enough, it’s the second time…

The US Government Has Charged Hundreds of People With Health Care Fraud and Aiding the Opioid Crisis The US Government Has Charged Hundreds of People With Health Care Fraud and Aiding the Opioid Crisis

Federal prosecutors have charged hundreds of people with allegedly defrauding the US government’s health care system out of a combined $2 billion. And many of the charged are doctors who are also being accused of aiding the opioid crisis by illegally prescribing more than 13 million doses of powerful, addictive…

70,000 Opioid Deaths in the US May Have Gone Uncounted Since 1999 70,000 Opioid Deaths in the US May Have Gone Uncounted Since 1999

The death toll of the US opioid crisis has been seriously lowballed, suggests a new study published Wednesday in Public Health Reports. It found that many states have failed to identify fatal drug overdoses specifically caused by opioid use over the past two decades. Since 1999, there might have been as many as 70,000…

Feds Bust Over 35 Suspected Dark Web Vendors, Seizing Everything From Drugs to a Grenade Launcher Feds Bust Over 35 Suspected Dark Web Vendors, Seizing Everything From Drugs to a Grenade Launcher

The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday the “first nationwide undercover action to target vendors of illicit goods” on the dark web, the portion of the internet only accessible via specific software like the Tor network. According to the DOJ, the operation involved at least five federal agencies and entailed…

FDA Approves First Drug Made From Cannabis FDA Approves First Drug Made From Cannabis

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Epidiolex to treat two severe forms of epilepsy, making it the first cannabis-based drug to be legalized in the United States. It’s welcome news—but patients won’t have access to the medicine until the Drug Enforcement Agency changes the Schedule 1…

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