ADHD Treatment Drug Shortages Continue as Studies Point to Rising Prescriptions – Maryland Matters

ADHD Treatment Drug Shortages Continue as Studies Point to Rising Prescriptions - Maryland Matters

Federal drug agencies and drug companies continue to report a shortage of common medications used to treat symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Stock.adobe.com photo by Alex DiStasi. Federal drug agencies and pharmaceutical companies continue to report a shortage of common drugs used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), even as recent studies show … Read more

Health Canada’s new rules target vaping ‘Wild West’ – National | globalnews.ca

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Health Canada will soon have a clearer look into the haze of Canadian vaping habits as new reporting requirements for retailers and manufacturers aim to address what some are calling a Wild West. Under new regulations passed in June, companies now must submit semi-annual sales data and ingredient lists to Health Canada, with the first … Read more

Pholcodine-based cough and cold medicines coming with warning, experts decide next step – News18

Spurred by the medical alert issued by the global health agency, the panel suggested India's drug regulatory agency, Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), to issue a warning regarding the use

Spurred by the medical alert issued by the global health agency, the panel suggested India’s drug regulatory agency, Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO), issue a warning regarding the “cautious” use of the product. (Representative Photo/Shutterstock) In March, the World Health Organization issued a warning amid concerns that pholcodine use could cause sudden and life-threatening … Read more

Michigan insurers seek premium hikes as demand for diet drugs soars

Ozempic was originally approved by the FDA to treat people with type 2 diabetes who are at risk of serious health consequences without medication.  In recent months, there has been a spike in demand for Ozempic, or semaglutide, due to its weight-loss benefits, which has led to shortages.  Some doctors prescribe Ozempic off-label to treat obesity.

Michigan health insurers are looking to raise premiums again next year, with rising demand for expensive diabetes and weight-loss drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy contributing to what they see as needed rate hikes. A report from the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, which reviews and approves insurer rates, shows health insurance companies are … Read more

Ozempic diabetes and weight loss drugs under investigation after some reports of suicidal thoughts

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This story is about suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, contact the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (8255). THE popular drugs Ozempic and Saxenda, both made by Novo Nordisk in Denmark, are under investigation after a small number of users experienced an increase in thoughts of suicide and … Read more

James Lewis, longtime suspect in Tylenol poisoning of seven people in 1982, dies in Cambridge, officials say – The Boston Globe

James W. Lewis was escorted through Logan Airport in Boston after being released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Oklahoma on October 13, 1995. Lewis served more than 12 years for attempting to extort money from manufacturers of Tylenol during the murders of 1982 cyanide tampering.

James W. Lewis, long suspected of poisoning bottles of Tylenol in the Chicago area in 1982, a crime that killed seven people and forever changed the way thousands of products are packaged and sold, died in the apartment building of Cambridge where he had lived since the mid-1990s, police said. Lewis, 76, was found unconscious … Read more

Antidepressants, antipsychotics and benzos all increase suicide attempts in a new study

A new study a JAMA network open found that antidepressants do not prevent suicide. The researchers concluded that antidepressants, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines were all associated with increased suicide attempts in people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Mood stabilizers had no effect on suicide attempt rates. ADHD stimulant drugs were the only drug class associated with … Read more

More potent than SSRIs Scientists develop two new drug candidates that could treat addiction and depression

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Scientists have developed two new drug candidates, inspired by a traditional African psychedelic medicinal plant called ibogaine, that can potentially treat addiction and depression in mice by targeting the serotonin transporter. These compounds mimic the desirable effects of ibogaine without its side effects, and more testing is underway to explore their therapeutic potential. The targeted … Read more

Antibiotic shortages could worsen the syphilis epidemic

In an undated image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis.  (NIAID via The New York Times)

In an undated image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, treponema pallidum, the bacterium that causes syphilis. (NIAID via The New York Times) A new shortage of a type of penicillin crucial for fighting syphilis is alarming infectious disease experts, who warn that a prolonged shortage of the drug could worsen the … Read more