August 20, 2020

Pharma Industry Spent Nearly $250 Million Lobbying For US Government’s $3 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package

Researchers say that in the first quarter of 2020 the pharma industry spent nearly $250 million on lobbying for the US government's $3 trillion coronavirus relief package.
August 14, 2020

Aspirin May Accelerate Progression Of Advanced Cancers In Older Adults

Results from a recent clinical trial indicate that for older adults with advanced cancer, initiating aspirin therapy may increase their risk of disease progression and an early death.
August 14, 2020

It’s Easy To Overdose On Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) If You’re Selenium Deficient, Says Research

A lack of the mineral selenium in the diet puts people at risk of paracetamol (acetaminophen) overdose, even when the painkiller is taken at levels claimed to be safe on the packaging, finds new research.
August 6, 2020

Statins Not Effective At Cutting Risk Of Dying From Heart Disease

New research has analyzed 35 studies looking at the effects of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs in cutting the risk of dying from heart disease. The researchers found three-quarters of the studies reported no reduction in mortality among patients taking the drugs.
August 6, 2020

UK Health Officials Say Painkillers Do More Harm Than Good

Health officials from the UK’s National Health Service say painkillers such as paracetamol (acetaminophen), ibuprofen, aspirin, and opioids do more harm than good and should not be prescribed to treat chronic pain.
July 31, 2020

Pharma Stocks Fall After U.S. President Donald Trump Targets Drug Prices With Executive Orders

Shares in pharmaceutical companies shares fell after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was signing four executive orders aiming to lower drug prices.
July 10, 2020

Ibuprofen Use Is Common – But Many Amateur Athletes Are Unaware Of The Risks

Many amateur athletes reach for ibuprofen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to get through injuries or pain. Not only can doing this make recovery more difficult, but frequent use of anti-inflammatories can be dangerous.
July 10, 2020

Novartis Pays Over $700m To Settle US Kickbacks Case

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis will pay some $729 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Department of Justice accusing it of paying kickbacks to doctors, among other allegations.