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Medicare drug plan finder can steer seniors to higher costs

Nov. 21, 2019 6:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare’s revamped prescription plan finder can steer unwitting seniors to coverage that costs much more than they need to pay, according to people who help with sign-ups as well as program experts. Serving some 60 million Medicare recipients, the plan finder is the most commonly...

Fake doctors, pilfered medical records drive Oxy China sales

Nov. 20, 2019 9:28 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits across the United States have accused a drug company owned by the billionaire Sackler family of using false claims to push highly addictive opioids on an unsuspecting nation, fueling the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history. Yet, even as its U.S. drugmaker collapses...

Fake doctors, misleading claims drive OxyContin China sales

Nov. 20, 2019 12:51 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — OxyContin is a dying business in the United States. Purdue Pharma, owned by the billionaire Sackler family, is collapsing under an avalanche of lawsuits that accuse the company of using false claims to push its blockbuster painkiller in the U.S., profiting as an unsuspecting nation slipped...

Home Depot, Kohl’s slip while Medicines, ServiceNow advance

Nov. 19, 2019 4:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday: Home Depot Inc., down $12.99 to $225.86 The home improvement company cut its revenue forecast for the year after missing a key sales measure during the third quarter. Kohl’s Corp., down $11.38 to $47.02 The department...

Correction: Prescription Drugs story

Nov. 18, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Nov. 18 about the White House push for prescription drug legislation, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of the executive director of Families USA. The correct spelling is Frederick, not Frederic. A corrected version of the story is below: Drug cost legislation gets...

Coty and Medicines jump while HP and ConocoPhillips stumble

Nov. 18, 2019 4:30 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Monday: HP Inc., down 17 cents to $20.01 The computer and printer maker rejected a roughly $33.5 billion takeover offer from Xerox. The Medicines Co., up $6.67 to $58.65 The pharmaceutical company reported encouraging results from a key...

New, old drugs may offer fresh ways to fight heart disease

Nov. 18, 2019 3:26 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Novel drugs may offer fresh ways to reduce heart risks beyond the usual medicines to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. One new study found that heart attack survivors benefited from a medicine long used to treat gout. Several experimental drugs also showed early promise for...

Sorry, wrong number: Statistical benchmark comes under fire

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Earlier this fall Dr. Scott Solomon presented the results of a huge heart drug study to an audience of fellow cardiologists in Paris. The results Solomon was describing looked promising: Patients who took the medication had a lower rate of hospitalization and death than patients on a...

Big study casts doubt on need for many heart procedures

Nov. 16, 2019 2:03 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — People with severe but stable heart disease from clogged arteries may have less chest pain if they get a procedure to improve blood flow rather than just giving medicines a chance to help, but it won't cut their risk of having a heart attack or dying over the following few years, a big...

US approves new drug to manage sickle cell disease

Nov. 15, 2019 5:46 PM EST

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new medicine that can help reduce extremely painful sickle cell disease flare-ups. The Food and Drug Administration approved Novartis AG’s Adakveo for patients 16 and older. The monthly infusion, which halves occurrences of sickle cell pain episodes, will carry a list...