DR. KRISTINA ACRI: Drug importation bill a poison pill

DR. KRISTINA ACRI: Drug importation bill a poison pill

Importing drugs from Canada is a perennial political panacea that is touted as a quick and easy way to address high prescription drug costs. Whether lawmakers are working in Congress or at the state Capitol, they often overlook the clear and consistent research that shows importation poses a deep risk to patient safety and could […]

Trump plan highlights battle to cut drug costs

Trump plan highlights battle to cut drug costs

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Vermont Legislators Pass Law Allowing Drug Imports

Vermont Legislators Pass Law Allowing Drug Imports

This week, Vermont passed a first-in-the-nation law that would facilitate the state’s importation of prescription drugs wholesale from Canada. It represents the state’s effort to tackle head-on the issue of constantly climbing drug prices. Other states, including Louisiana and Utah, have debated similar legislation and are watching Vermont’s progress closely. After all, the issue of drug importation polls […]

New Migraine Drugs Offer Hope to Sufferers

New Migraine Drugs Offer Hope to Sufferers

Lisa DeLeonardo set a Google alert so she would know exactly when the first in a new class of migraine drugs was approved. It happened Thursday, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approvedAmgen and Novartis’ application for erenumab, whose brand name is Aimovig. It’s an injectable drug touted as the first treatment designed specifically […]

AstraZeneca chief Pascal Soriot suffers pay revolt

AstraZeneca chief Pascal Soriot suffers pay revolt

AstraZeneca suffered a significant revolt over the pay of its chief executive Pascal Soriot on Friday, when about 35 per cent of shareholders at its annual meeting voted against its remuneration report. Institutional Shareholder Services, the investor advisory group, earlier this month advised against supporting the pay report and highlighted “concerns around the level of […]

Adamas Pharmaceuticals: Interesting Over The Long Term

Adamas Pharmaceuticals: Interesting Over The Long Term

Adamas Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ADMS) has the only approved drug in levodopa induced dyskinesia for Parkinson’s Disease patients. That drug, Gocovri, is an extended release formulation of a generic drug named amantadine, and it is also in late stage development for walking impairment in multiple sclerosis patients. ADMS has another drug, ADS-4101, which is another reformulated generic […]

Drug Prices Drive Many Americans to Black Market for Medicines

Drug Prices Drive Many Americans to Black Market for Medicines

During graduate school, Lacy Mason got insulin from elderly friends who had extra. When a friend’s mother died and left behind a stockpile, she took that, too. Her mother-in-law, a nurse, salvaged samples and half-used vials from her hospital. Mason used expired doses and stretched them longer than intended. Sometimes, she bought insulin from strangers […]

FDA Lists Brand-Name Drugmakers That Obstruct Generic Development

FDA Lists Brand-Name Drugmakers That Obstruct Generic Development

By Paul Ausick May 18, 2018 9:45 am EDT All three drugmakers included in the Dow Jones industrial index were on a list of drug companies published Thursday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alleged to have withheld samples of brand-name drugs from companies wanting to develop generic versions of the drugs. Merck & […]