Fewer Illicit Drug Seizures Seen During Lockdowns

FRIDAY, March 5, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Seizures of illegal drugs fell sharply in the United States during early COVID-19 lockdowns, but spiked once stay-at-home orders eased. Researchers studied seizures of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl in five locations between March 2019 (a year before the pandemic began in the United States) through … Read more

Choosing Generic Rx Drugs Could Save Medicare Billions

By Robert PreidtHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 3, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Wider use of prescription generic drugs could save Medicare nearly $2 billion a year, researchers say. The new analysis of Medicare Part D prescription drug claims for 2017 used a random 20% of beneficiaries, 224 drugs with one or more generic substitutes and at … Read more

Drugged Driving a Growing Threat on U.S. Roads

Drugged Driving a Growing Threat on U.S. Roads

By Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Combining drugs with driving is a potentially deadly but all too common combination in the United States, according to a new report. University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers found that almost 9% of adults reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Marijuana use among … Read more

U.S. Drug Prices Much Higher Than in Other Nations

Jan. 29, 2021 — Prescription drug prices in the U.S. are more than 250% times higher overall than those in 32 other countries, according to a new report from the RAND Corporation. The gap between prices was even higher for brand-name drugs, with U.S. prices 3.44 times more than those in the other countries. … Read more

Meth Overdose Deaths Are Surging in the U.S.

FRIDAY, Jan. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Deaths from overdoses of methamphetamine are rising across the United States, especially among Blacks and American Indians/Alaska Natives, a new study warns. “While much attention is focused on the opioid crisis, a methamphetamine crisis has been quietly, but actively, gaining steam — particularly among American Indians and … Read more

Recall: Erectile Dysfunction, Depression Drugs Mixed Up

Dec. 10, 2020 — Sildenafil and trazodone tablets have been recalled by pharmaceutical distributor AvKare because the drugs were “inadvertently packaged together” when they were bottled by a third-party vendor, according to the company. Sildenafil is the active ingredient in Viagra, used to treat erectile dysfunction, and trazodone is used to treat major depression. … Read more

IIT Roorkee scientists predict commercial drugs through AI to tackle Covid-19 – ET HealthWorld

Roorkee: A group of scientists from IIT Roorkee have leveraged Artificial Intelligence (AI) to predict 10 FDI- approved commercial drugs available for the treatment of the disease. The study has been published in the prestigious journal PLOS One. The group of scientist was led by Prof. Soumitra Satapathi and the co-authors of the study include … Read more

Oregon Decriminalizes Possession of Hard Drugs

Nov. 5, 2020 — Oregon voters have passed a measure making the state the first to decriminalize possession of hard drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, LSD and oxycodone. The measure completely changes how Oregon’s justice system treats those who are found with personal-use amounts of hard drugs, the Associated Press reported. Under Measure … Read more