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Less-Regulated Pharmacies Take Heat in Meningitis Crisis

'Compounding pharmacies' make drugs with weaker oversight

(Newser) - The death toll in an ongoing meningitis outbreak has hit five, with 35 sick in six states, the AP reports. What's more, hundreds or thousands could be at risk across 23 states after receiving potentially tainted steroid injections, and health providers are rushing to warn them of the danger....

US Drops Drug Case: It Has ... Too Much Evidence?

Prosecutors: It's too costly to maintain files against doctor on the lam

(Newser) - After nine years of investigating, the US is dropping its case against a Panamanian doctor accused of making bogus sales of prescription drugs—in part because it has amassed too much evidence, the AP reports. The feds have collected two terabytes of electronic data and 440,000 documents on Armando...

Walgreen Makes Huge Overseas Play

Will buy 45% stake in Alliance Boots for $6.7B

(Newser) - Walgreen looks to have its sights set on being more than just America's largest drugstore chain. Like, perhaps, the world's... It today announced that it has acquired a 45% stake in the UK's Alliance Boots at a cost of $6.7 billion in cash and stock, with...

Judge: Pharmacists Can't Be Forced to Dispense Plan B

Washington state pharmacists no longer required to dole out emergency contraception

(Newser) - Pharmacists in Washington state who disagree with emergency contraception on religious grounds can no longer be required to dispense it, a federal judge ruled yesterday. The judge declared the state's regulation unconstitutional, noting that pharmacies in the state are allowed to not stock drugs for various secular reasons—for...

Con Artist Launched Google Sting for Feds

Set up fake websites illegally selling medications; firm allegedly helped

(Newser) - Last year, a federal sting against Google resulted in a record settlement—and at the heart of the operation was a convicted con man. Working with federal agents—and still wearing leg irons—David Whitaker set up a fake online pharmacy claiming to sell illegal drugs, and Google helped him...

Doctor Who? MDs Fend Off Rising PhDs

A doctorate does not a doctor make, say many MDs

(Newser) - As more and more nurses, pharmacists, and physical therapists are earning PhD degrees, a battle is raging over which health care professionals can use the prestigious title "doctor," reports the New York Times . Nurses especially are pursuing doctorates, eager to increase their pay and promotional opportunities—last year,...

Google to Pay $500M Fine for Pharmacy Ads

Ads promoted illegal drug sales, prosecutors argued

(Newser) - Google has agreed to pay $500 million to settle a US government investigation into its distribution of online ads from Canadian pharmacies illegally selling prescription and non-prescription drugs to American consumers, a US attorney announced today. The settlement means the Internet search engine giant will not face criminal prosecution.

Husband, Wife Held in Pharmacy Killings

David Laffer, Melinda Brady arrested after murder of 4

(Newser) - Two years ago, they posed for a wedding photo: Him beaming broadly in a dark suit, she a fresh-faced bride. They soon started a promising life together in the suburban New York home where he was raised. Police mug shots of David Laffer and Melinda Brady released today portrayed an...

Scared Americans Stock Up on Anti-Radiation Pills

Potassium iodide, Geiger counters flying off the shelves

(Newser) - An ocean away from the unfolding nuclear crisis in Japan, worried Americans are stocking up on Geiger counters and supplements that can block one effect of radiation exposure. Pharmacies around the country are rapidly running out of potassium iodide, which can protect the thyroid gland from radiation damage, the AP...

Pregnant Woman Given Abortion Pill, Not Antibiotic

Pharmacy accidentally hands her another woman's prescription

(Newser) - Mareena Silva, six weeks pregnant, went a Safeway pharmacy to pick up an antibiotic her doctor had prescribed—but instead, she walked out with an abortion drug. Silva took methotrexate, which is used for chemotherapy and for early-stage pregnancy termination, because she believed it was hers, but realized the mistake...

CVS Fined $75M for Selling Meth Ingredient

Pharmacy chain punished for role in California drug 'spike'

(Newser) - The nation's largest retail pharmacy chain, CVS , is in trouble with the law for allowing customers to buy large amounts of cold medicine containing a key ingredient used in the manufacture of methamphetamine How much trouble? About $75 million worth. Federal authorities ruled that the chain didn't do enough to...

Homeopathy Critics Plan Mass Overdose

Group hatches OD to protest sale of homeopathic remedies

(Newser) - A group that says homeopathy is quackery is planning to prove its point by "overdosing" en masse with homeopathic medicines outside outlets of British pharmacy chain Boots. The Merseyside Skeptics Society says the OD is to protest at Boots profiting from an "unscientific and absurd pseudoscience." The...

Johnson & Johnson Charged Over Drug Kickbacks

Firm paid pharmacy tens of millions to push its drugs: feds

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors filed a complaint today against Johnson & Johnson, charging that it paid “tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks” to a major national pharmacy serving nursing homes. In exchange, the government alleges, that pharmacy, Omnicare Inc., would boost the sales of J&J’s drugs, including the...

Suit Wants Pharmacies to Bust Drug Abusers

Lawsuit blames stores for zonked driver's accident

(Newser) - When a driver, high on painkillers, ran her car into two guys fixing a flat tire on the side of the highway, killing one of them, the victims' families filed a lawsuit—against the pharmacies that sold the painkillers. That case, pending before the Nevada Supreme Court, will be the...

Target Will Pay Shoppers to Bring Their Own Bags
 Target Will Pay Shoppers
 to Bring Their Own Bags 
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Target Will Pay Shoppers to Bring Their Own Bags

Large retailers join smaller niche stores to offer rebates for reusing

(Newser) - Target and CVS will reward customers for using reusable shopping bags, and the efforts could take a billion plastic bags out of circulation. Though some retailers—notably Wal-Mart—have been slow to hop on the eco bandwagon, initiatives at smaller chains such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe's have met...

Cops Search Pharmacy That Sold Drug to Jacko Doc

Coroner's report finished, 'confidential'

(Newser) - Police yesterday searched a Las Vegas pharmacy that reportedly sold the drug Propofol to Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, CNN reports. Warrants for earlier searches of Conrad Murray’s home and office have suggested that authorities think Jackson was a drug addict. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles coroner's office says it’...

Officials Fear Flu Drug Resistance
Officials Fear Flu Drug Resistance

Officials Fear Flu Drug Resistance

Misuse of antivirals by panicked public could breed stronger strains of disease

(Newser) - Pharmacies are stocking up on Tamiflu and other anti-influenza drugs as fears grow of a swine flu outbreak, but health officials warn that the antivirals could do more harm than good if administered incorrectly. Taking the drugs in the wrong dose or for too short a time can lead to...

Pharmacy Bungled Drug for Dead Horses

(Newser) - The Florida pharmacy that prepared vitamin supplements for the 21 polo horses that died last weekend has admitted that the mixture was faulty, the Palm Beach Post reports. Franck’s Pharmacy in Tallahassee said today that the level of one ingredient in the supplement—which the polo team says was...

Walgreens Woos Employers With at-Work Health Care

(Newser) - Walgreens is amping up its effort to interest corporate and government employers in its network of clinics and workplace health centers, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company aims to build on its base of 350-plus corporate clients, and has been steadily snapping up concerns that cater to them. Under...

Shooting Spree, Standoff May Be Linked: Dallas Cops

Ex-Utah trooper suspected in robbery may have shot motorists during rush hour yesterday

(Newser) - Dallas authorities are comparing bullets to see if an former Utah state trooper who shot himself during a standoff with police early this morning was also responsible for a rush-hour shooting spree that left two people dead yesterday, the Dallas Morning News reports. Brian Smith, also suspected in a pharmacy...

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