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Sep 2, 2016

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Emily S

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The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac's nightmare and Big Pharma's dream

WebMD is the most popular source of health information in the US, and is likely to dominate your Google search results for almost any medical question you have. According to its editorial policy, WebMD promises to empower patients and health professionals with "objective, trustworthy, and accurate...

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Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

In a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all the work that happens in a vast pharmaceutical manufacturing plant happens in a device the size of your kitchen refrigerator.  And it’s fast. This prototype machine produces 1,000 pills in 24 hours, faster than it can take to produce some...

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Drug Tests Take Cue From Travel Site to Fix Industry Headache

Pablo Graiver aims to make signing up for a drug study as easy as booking a flight on the Web.  The 47-year-old Argentinian entrepreneur, a former executive at the airfare search engine kayak.com, has designed a new tool that draws from the travel industry to match scientists looking to test...

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Feb 12, 2016

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Emily S

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Pharma gets data for discounts

With the mounting price of drugs, the pharmaceutical industry has taken to subsidizing patients’ costs through copay cards and patient assistance foundations. In return for the discounted or free drugs, the companies request patient data. The drug companies say they’re using the information to...

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Nov 13, 2015

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Emily S

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The promise and problems of drug-finding apps

Nearly half of all employees who get insurance through work now face deductibles of $1,000 or more.  That means more and more of us pay for prescription drugs out of our own pockets.  A recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation found nearly eight out of 10 Americans believe keeping drugs...

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Aug 7, 2015

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Emily S

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FDA clears first 3-D printed prescription drug

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first prescription drug made through 3-D printing: a dissolvable tablet that treats seizures.  Aprecia Pharmaceuticals said Monday the FDA approved its drug Spritam for adults and children who suffer from certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy...

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Jul 30, 2014

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Maggie

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Researchers Fret as Social Media Lift Veil on Drug Trials

Drug makers and researchers are increasingly concerned that online chatter could unravel the carefully built construct of the clinical trial, and perhaps put patients in danger. They worry that patients may drop out if they suspect they aren't getting the drug being tested, or may report symptoms...

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Jun 18, 2014

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Maggie

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U.S. FDA proposes social media guidelines for drug industry

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday issued proposed guidelines for the pharmaceutical and medical device industries for posting information on social media networks and correcting misinformation posted by others. The long-awaited guidance would effectively limit the amount of product...

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