Staying on medication had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates

Contact: Sarah Avery sarah.avery@duke.edu 919-660-1306 Duke University Medical Center Staying on medication may not translate to avoiding readmission DURHAM, N.C. – A targeted effort to help high-risk heart failure patients stay on their medications did improve adherence to drug regimens, but had surprisingly little effect lowering hospital readmission rates, according to a study at Duke…

Pharmaceuticals: A market for producing ‘lemons’ and serious harm

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Daniel Fowler fowler@asanet.org 202-527-7885 American Sociological Association Incentives and protections for industry encourage development of many drugs with few new benefits over existing pharmaceuticals, but with risk of serious harm to users ATLANTA — The pharmaceutical industry is a “market for lemons,” a market in which the seller knows…

Common bronchodilator linked to increased deaths

2008 Post for filing Contact: Marla Paul Marla-Paul@northwestern.edu 312-503-8928 Northwestern University CHICAGO — A common bronchodilator drug which has been used for more than a decade by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been linked to a one-third higher risk of cardiovascular-related deaths. The drug, ipratropium, is sold under the brand names Atrovent…

Heart attack patients who stop statin risk death, say McGill researchers

2008 post for filing Contact: Mark Shainblum mark.shainblum@mcgill.ca 514-398-2189 McGill University Study finds doubled mortality risk if treatment is discontinued This release is available in French. Patients discontinuing statin medication following an acute myocardial infarction (AMI) increase their risk of dying over the next year, say researchers at McGill University and the McGill University Health…

Half of drugs prescribed in France useless or dangerous, say two specialists

The doctors claim that the state wastes money on unnecessary medicine that they blame for up to 20,000 deaths annually Kim Willsher in Paris  guardian.co.uk,         Friday 14 September 2012 12.18 EDT Half of all prescribed drugs are useless or dangerous, two leading French doctors claim in a new book. Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images Half of all medicines…

Most prescription drugs manufactured overseas — are they safe? ” information about inspections is not public”

Contact: Kim Barnhardt kim.barnhardt@cmaj.ca 613-520-7116 x2224 Canadian Medical Association Journal Most pharmaceutical drugs in Canada are manufactured overseas in countries such as India, China and others, yet how can we be confident the drug supply is safe, writes a drug policy researcher in an opinion piece in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). Alarmed by alerts…

Digital pills approved by the FDA, To Notify officials of possible mandatory drug use compliance.

Digital pills approved by the FDA By Tecca | Today in Tech – 01 AUG 2012 Your medication may soon be able to send reminders to your smartphone if you don’t take it Did you remember to take your prescription medication today? For some, this is an easy question to answer, but others struggle to…