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May 17, 2001 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The cost of treating a common cold in Britain dropped by as much as 50% on Wednesday when more than 30 years of legal price-fixing on nonprescription drugs came to an abrupt end. This was good news for Britons with the sniffles but a headache for the more than 6,000 owners of independent pharmacies, who say they will not be able to compete with drugstore and supermarket giants. "That was our profit," said Dipak Patel, the pharmacist at Remedys in West London's Maida Vale neighborhood.
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HEALTH
October 25, 2010 | By Francesca Lunzer Kritz, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's not too soon to start thinking about how to deal with your flexible spending accounts (FSAs) in 2011. How you can use the accounts ? which allow employees to set aside money from each paycheck, income-tax free, to be used for medical expenses ? is set to change in several key ways. Under the new healthcare reform law, people whose employers offer the accounts will no longer be able to use the funds for non-prescription drugs without a doctor's prescription. (Think antihistamines such as Benadryl or Claritin and their generic versions, or pain relievers such as Advil or Tylenol and generic versions.
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NATIONAL
December 24, 2008 | Deborah L. Shelton
At least 2.2 million older adults in the U.S. take medicine in combinations that could trigger dangerous drug interactions, causing gastrointestinal bleeding, muscle breakdown, disruption in heart rhythm and other serious problems, according to a study by researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Half of the interactions involved over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin or dietary supplements. Overall, 1 in 25 older adults risked serious drug interactions, the study found.
TRAVEL
January 25, 2009 | Hugo Martin
At some point, almost every traveler suffers from seasickness or some other form of motion sickness. Mal de mer, as the French call it, is so common on cruise ships that some lines dispense anti-nausea pills free of charge. Remember, your vulnerability to seasickness is not a reflection of your fortitude or machismo. Even actor George Clooney was stricken during the filming of the seafaring movie saga "The Perfect Storm."
NEWS
March 9, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Food and Drug Administration said it will ban the sale of all non-prescription drugs used to treat enlargement of the prostate gland. The agency said its review of these products found little evidence any of them eliminates, arrests or treats the condition, called benign prostatic hypertrophy. Surgery is currently the only effective treatment, the FDA said.
NEWS
March 15, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The national Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta called for tighter safeguards to prevent tampering of over-the-counter medications after the deaths of two people from cyanide-laced Sudafed cold capsules in Washington state. The CDC noted that capsules have been the chosen target for tampering and that some manufacturers have substituted larger tablets for capsules to make tampering easier to detect.
BUSINESS
August 27, 1993 | PRADNYA JOSHI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over-the-counter antacids, laxatives and anti-diarrheals must carry stronger warning labels about possible interaction with other medications under rules issued Thursday by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA also proposed that warnings be clarified on sleep aids and other non-prescription drugs used to treat nausea and vomiting.
NEWS
August 8, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The government announced that it will ban 111 ingredients from non-prescription diet drugs because they do not help people lose weight. The ban includes substances--such as alcohol, ascorbic acid, caffeine, sodium and yeast--that the Food and Drug Administration said are often found in diet products. Many products that contained the banned ingredients already have been reformulated or are no longer on the market, government and industry spokesmen said.
BUSINESS
April 20, 1996 | From Reuters
A federal advisory committee recommended Friday that the Food and Drug Administration approve the over-the-counter sale of Nicotrol, the nicotine transdermal patch made by Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc., and Nicoderm, made by Alza Corp. and Germany's Hoechst. Nicotrol, used to ease the withdrawal symptoms of stopping smoking, is now sold only through prescription by McNeil Consumer Products, a unit of Johnson & Johnson.
NEWS
March 11, 1999 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Clinton administration will announce today a new rule requiring easier-to-read labels on cough syrups, pain relievers, cold remedies and thousands of other over-the-counter medications that consumers buy every day in pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide. The regulation is aimed at preventing an estimated 178,000 unnecessary hospitalizations every year that result from consumer confusion or failure to read carefully about the products.
NATIONAL
December 24, 2008 | Deborah L. Shelton
At least 2.2 million older adults in the U.S. take medicine in combinations that could trigger dangerous drug interactions, causing gastrointestinal bleeding, muscle breakdown, disruption in heart rhythm and other serious problems, according to a study by researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Half of the interactions involved over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin or dietary supplements. Overall, 1 in 25 older adults risked serious drug interactions, the study found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2008 | David Haldane
A Huntington Beach man was scheduled to be arraigned today in the death of a 14-year-old bicyclist he is accused of hitting while driving under the influence of narcotics and while sending a text message from his cellphone. Jeffrey Francis Woods, 20, is charged with vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in the Aug. 29 death of Daniel Oates. Woods is accused of being under the influence of Vicodin when he suddenly swerved over several lanes of oncoming traffic in his pickup truck and struck Daniel, who was in the bike lane on the opposite side of the road.
HEALTH
December 17, 2007 | Mary Beckman, Special to The Times
Doctors have prescribed statin drugs to millions of people to reduce their cholesterol levels and thus cut the risk of heart attacks. The pharmaceutical company Merck & Co has asked the Food and Drug Administration to let pharmacies sell a lower dose formulation of the company's statin drug Mevacor, also known as lovastatin, over the counter. On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel recommended that the agency reject Merck's third such request. The FDA is expected to make a decision early next year.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Johnson & Johnson's allergy treatment Zyrtec-D was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for sale without a prescription. The nonprescription form of the drug, which will be available in January, is expected to cost as much as a third less than prescription Zyrtec.
HEALTH
October 29, 2007 | Elena Conis, Special to The Times
These days, cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs are better known for the problems they cause than the ones they solve. Over a century ago, though, the stimulant effects of cocaine and the painkilling qualities of heroin and other opium-derived drugs made these common ingredients in over-the-counter medicines. That trend created at least one urban legend that happens to be true: Coca-Cola, originally concocted in the 1880s as a cure-all medicinal tonic, really did once contain cocaine.
NATIONAL
October 20, 2007 | Jordy Yager, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of rising safety concerns, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday that children under the age of 6 should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines such as Children's Tylenol Plus Cold and Johnson & Johnson's PediaCare. The panel also recommended that such medications not be sold for use by infants.
NEWS
February 27, 1997 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday proposed a significant overhaul of the nation's nonprescription drug labels to make them easier for consumers to both read and understand. The proposed changes would require larger type, more white space, a standard format and simpler language. The transformation in many ways would resemble the recent remaking of all U.S. food labels. These changes were among several major consumer-oriented improvements sought by outgoing FDA Commissioner David A.
NATIONAL
October 20, 2007 | Jordy Yager, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of rising safety concerns, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday that children under the age of 6 should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines such as Children's Tylenol Plus Cold and Johnson & Johnson's PediaCare. The panel also recommended that such medications not be sold for use by infants.
NATIONAL
October 19, 2007 | Bloomberg
Pediatricians urged U.S. regulators to restrict over-the-counter cold medicines for children, saying the remedies used for decades don't work and may be dangerous. Members of the American Academy of Pediatricians asked a panel of Food and Drug Administration advisors Thursday to recommend that the agency ban marketing cold medicines for children younger than 6.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2007 | Lisa Girion and Andrea Chang, Times Staff Writers
CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid and other drugstores Thursday stopped selling over-the-counter cough and cold medications for children under age 2 after manufacturers asked them to pull the products because of safety concerns. The products are not tainted or defective, and drug makers said there was nothing wrong with the medications when used as directed.
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