Panel: The FDA Desperately Needs to Review its Approach to Opioids

A panel of experts has released a comprehensive report detailing the ways in which the FDA should consider going about tackling the nation’s opioid crisis.


Heartburn Drugs Linked to Early Death – How to Safely Find Relief

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of heartburn drugs, have been linked to an increased risk of early death by a recent study.


Study: Birth Control Pills can Lower Women’s Quality of Life

A new study shows that birth control pills containing ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel lower women’s quality of life.


Suppress Coughs by Coating the Throat in…Chocolate?

A new chocolate-based cough syrup was so effective at suppressing coughs that some study participants were better in 48 hours.


Did a Common Anti-Anxiety Drug Play into Soundgarden Rocker’s Death?

Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell’s death was ruled a suicide, but his family says the anti-anxiety drug Ativan may have been involved.


Study: Safety Issues Plagued 1/3 of FDA-Approved Drugs from 2001-2010

A new study reveals that nearly 1/3 of drugs approved by the FDA from 2001-2012 had safety problems, some serious enough to warrant a”black box warning.


Medical Marijuana Gets the Green Light in North Dakota

In North Dakota, voters passed a law legalizing medical cannabis on November, 2016 by a majority 64%, but lawmakers have been haggling over many details.


Teen Live-Streams Suicide After Doubling Antidepressant Dose

A doctor recently doubled the dose of a dangerous antidepressant Naikin Venant, 14, was taking when she live-streamed her suicide in January.


Study: Patients Are Choosing Cannabis over Opioids

A Canadian study shows that many patients with gastrointestinal problems, mental health issues, and/or chronic pain choose cannabis over prescription drugs.


Daughter of Singer Amy Grant Gives her Best Friend a Kidney

The daughter of singer Amy Grant donated one of her kidneys to her best friend January 24. The story is quite inspiring, right?


Washington City Sues OxyContin Maker over Opioid Epidemic

The maker of OxyContin is being sued by the town of Everett, Washington, which wants the company to pay for its massive opioid problem.


Is the DEA Trying to Exert Authority over Marijuana Extracts? *Updated*

The DEA’s latest move has some pot advocates fearing the administration is trying to extend its authority over all cannabinoids.


Pharma Companies Spend 19x more on Marketing than Research, and Returns are Dropping

Report shows the pharmaceutical industry is spending much less on research and development investments because they are no longer paying off.


Congress Prepares to Vote on Bill That Would Speed up Drug Approval

Under the 21st Century Cures Act, the FDA would be able to approve new drugs even faster than they are approved now. However, expediting drug approvals has proven deadly in the past.


Report: Foster Care Children are Highly Overmedicated, Undersupervised

A new report suggests that too many children in foster care are unnecessarily taking psychotropic drugs, and many without adequate supervision.


Could Medical Marijuana Legalization Help America’s Opioid Problem?

A new study finds that states that have legalized marijuana may have a decline in the use of opioids amongst those under the age of 45.


Sharing a Room With an Infant can Help Guard Against SIDS

In new recommendations, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies share their parents’ bedroom for at least 6 months.