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MEDICINE AND RX

New Cancer Rx: $32,000 Per Month

Jan 9, 2020 | Reuters – The U.S. Food and Drug Admin. approved Blueprint Medicines Corp’s oral therapy to treat a rare form of cancer that affects the stomach and small intestine, the agency said on Thursday. The FDA’s decision makes the therapy, Ayvakit, the first treatment for a small subset of patients with a mutation of the cancer called gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST). Blueprint said it expects to make Ayvakit available through a limited specialty pharmacy...

Sex Addiction, Road Rage, Temper Fits – Is It A Pill They Took?

"Soon after he began the treatment, his wife began to notice a sinister transformation ... " FDA approved meds that change who we are |  They’ve been linked to road rage, pathological gambling, and complicated acts of fraud. Some make us less neurotic, and others may even shape our social relationships. It turns out many ordinary medications don’t just affect our bodies – they affect our brains. Why? And should there be warnings on packets? Jan 8,...

Big Pharma Rings In 2020 With Price Hikes On 250 Rx

"Soaring U.S. prescription drug prices are expected to again be a central issue in the presidential election. " – REUTERS Rx price increases are well above rate of inflation Ars Technica – Leading drug makers rang in the new year by once again raising list prices of their drugs—this time on more than 250 of them, according to an analysis reported by Reuters. Data examined by healthcare research firm 3 Axis Advisors found that major drug makers...

“The Robot Will See You Now”

Doctors are being replaced by machines that do a better job and cost less  | AI beats human doctors at predicting breast cancer Jan 1, 2020 NEW SCIENTIST – An artificial intelligence system is better at predicting breast cancer than radiologists, according to a UK-US study led by Google Health. The team behind the technology hopes it can be widely deployed to improve cancer care. Detecting cancer early improves the chances of treatment succeeding. That is why many countries...

“Generic Blood Pressure Drugs Remain A Big Problem”

"The market has been plagued by shortages, often forcing people to switch their medications every couple of months."  Top 10 heart health findings of 2019 David Becker, Dec 31, 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer – There have been a number of major developments in the field of cardiology in 2019. Here is my list of the top 10 new findings that might affect your life: 1. Generic blood pressure drugs remain a big problem. When the generic drug for hypertension...

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