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3 pharmacists, 1 doctor charged in $9.6 million prescription drug fraud in Metro Detroit

Six people, including three pharmacists and a doctor, have been charged in a $9.6 million illegal operation to over prescribe prescription medications across Metro Detroit. According to authorities, Dr. Vasan Deshikachar of Boca Raton, Florida, along with two patient recruiters and three pharmacists, were involved in a drug distribution...

Purdue was aware of widespread OxyContin abuse, but chose to be quiet, says report

Termed as the new American plague, opioid overdoses have claimed more American lives than car crashes, homicides and critical illnesses combined. One of the major contributors to the opioid epidemic is pharmaceutical companies that have played an active role in getting the consumers habituated to these drugs, often through...

Proteus digital pill to improve medication adherence rate among patients

Medications are there to treat us from an ailment, but when not taken as prescribed or misused, they can become ineffective in treating the problem and even make a person resistant to its effects. Non-adherence to any form of prescription medication can aggravate or worsen the existing medical condition....

Missouri may lose $1.7 million due to MO HealthNet payment errors

A recent report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has highlighted the severe outcomes of non-compliance with federal and state requirements for approving claims involving inpatient care for certain provider-preventable conditions (PPCs). According to the HHS report, the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) may...

San Francisco drug users will now get anti-addiction medicines on street

Taking a step forward to tackle the drug menace, health service providers in San Francisco have designed an alternative solution to make addiction treatment medicines available to drug users in the city, including the homeless on the streets. The city officials recently announced that people battling drug addiction would...

Genetic factors increase chance of suffering from alcohol-related heart issues, finds study

Excessive alcohol consumption has been associated with a host of health-related conditions, including high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases, often leaving one knocking the doors of alcohol addiction support centers. One such disease is alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM) that affects the normal functioning of the heart and hinders its ability...

Doctors receiving perks from drug makers prescribe more opioids, says study

Amid the ongoing drug crisis in the United States, a recent study has found a strong connection between the perks given to doctors by pharmaceutical companies and the number of opioid prescriptions written by them. According to the study conducted by the Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction,...

Smoking tobacco and drinking is way more dangerous than illegal drugs, says study

Smoking tobacco and drinking can lead to more serious health consequences than taking illegal drugs, says a recent study published recently in the journal Addiction. The study authors found that the combined use of tobacco and alcohol cost a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life years (DALY) worldwide compared...

Restrictions on opioids pushing drug users toward gabapentin

“I need that high to carry on,” says 21-year-old Dora Walters (name changed) of Cincinnati, Ohio, as she slips her hand into a bag to fish out some pills of gabapentin, a non-opioid painkiller. Walters started abusing prescription opioids in her high school when she stole some pills from...

DEA knowingly allowed dealers and doctors with past addiction to make and prescribe drugs, says report

An investigation by the Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF) that could have a direct impact on the escalating opioid crisis in the U.S. has found that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) knowingly allowed many businesses and agencies, including dealers and doctors with history of addiction, to manufacture, distribute and...