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U.S. should build up antibody therapy supply, ex-FDA chief says

The United States should be building up reserves of therapeutic antibodies now ahead of any potential approval or emergency use authorization to treat the coronavirus, said the former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Europe’s hospitals running out of ICU meds for COVID-19

Nine leading European university hospitals are warning they will run out of essential medicines needed for COVID-19 patients in intensive care in less than two weeks as they are increasingly crushed by the pandemic.

FDA wants heartburn meds off the market due to contamination

U.S. health regulators are telling drugmakers to immediately pull their popular heartburn drugs off the market after determining that a contamination issue with the medications poses a greater risk than previously thought.

Medication fog can mimic or worsen dementia in the elderly

Claire Dinneen’s daughters thought that worsening dementia was causing her growing confusion, but her doctor suspected something else. Dr. Pei Chen asked them to round up medicines in the 89-year-old woman’s home and they returned with a huge haul. There were 28 drugs ordered by various doctors for various ailments, plus over-the-counter medicines. Chen spent a year sorting out which ones were truly needed and trimmed a dozen.

Settlement in works over treatment of jailed mentally ill

Three years after a federal judge said Washington state is violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill people who must wait in jails for weeks for competency services, and two years after the judge held the state in contempt for failing to fix the problem, a settlement is in the works.

House Call: Keep kids and adults safe with pill precautions

Let’s review the basics. Keep all medications not only out of the reach of children, but out of sight too. Always keep medicines, even OTC ones, in the original bottle or container. And make sure to take medications as prescribed.

Antidepressants aren’t just for depression anymore, study finds

Antidepressants didn’t get to be the third-most commonly prescribed medication in the United States for nothing. In fact, says a new study, the medications taken by more than 10 percent of American adults may be so ubiquitous because they are used to do so much.

New dog medication treats noise-related anxiety

Fido and Spot may not have to cower under the bed this summer when fireworks and thunderstorms hit, thanks to the first prescription medicine for treating anxiety over loud noises.

Prescription drug collection a success

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office collected 85 pounds of unwanted medications during Saturday's national Take Back Day. Authorities collected meds for four hours at the Hayden Albertsons store. The event removes unwanted prescription drugs from circulation to reduce the opportunity for prescription meds to be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused and abused. Also, disposal of these medications into community water and sewer systems can create health concerns and harm the environmental.