February 24, 2012 |
The Internet has already changed how people shop for books, music, cars and a host of other consumer goods. Next up: prescription drugs. Or so the founders of a Santa Monica start-up called GoodRx are hoping. "There's no other site like it that we know of," said Scott Marlette, a former Facebook employee who's hoping to hit it big again with his new company. "We wanted to create a product where people can find the best pharmacy to go to. " GoodRx, based in a modest office building shared with other tech and media companies, has already attracted some big-name investors, including former Disney President Michael Ovitz and a handful of heavyweight venture-capital funds.
April 16, 2013 |
The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Agency endured heavy criticism Tuesday as House members accused the agency of failing to act on complaints against the New England Compounding Center, the Massachusetts firm linked to an outbreak of deadly meningitis. Under harsh questioning from Republican and Democratic lawmakers, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg conceded that her agency could have handled the situation better. "I wish we had been more aggressive, and I can assure you that we are being more aggressive now," Hamburg told members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
January 1, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - State regulators are responding to a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated drugs by seeking new power to inspect out-of-state pharmacies that sell special-order prescription drugs in California. In September, the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass., sent three shipments of contaminated injectable steroid solutions to 76 healthcare facilities and pain-control clinics in 23 states, including four in California. These customized drugs, which were injected into patients' spines and joints, caused 39 deaths among 620 reported cases of fungal meningitis and other infections, according to a Dec. 17 report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
May 24, 2006 |
Pharmacist Dennis Witherwax, 62, owner of the Medical Arts Rexall Pharmacy in Anaheim, was looking forward to retiring in a few years, but had no successor. He was determined not to sell his 50-year-old business to a chain operator, despite multiple offers to do just that. Pharmacy student Cliffton Amend, 28, dreamed of owning his own pharmacy but lacked the money to buy one and the experience to run it.
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August 22, 2009 |
Federal agents investigating Michael Jackson's death seized prescription drug records Friday from a Beverly Hills pharmacy favored by the pop star. Nine Drug Enforcement Administration agents armed with a search warrant spent five hours sifting through records at Mickey Fine Pharmacy for "evidence of improper dispensing of controlled substances," Special Agent Jose Martinez said. Jackson was known to have prescriptions filled at the Roxbury Drive store, running up a $101,000 drug bill in 2005, which the pharmacy collected after filing a lawsuit.
September 19, 1995
Syncor International Corp. has filed suit against the U. S. Food and Drug Administration to try to stop the agency's plan to regulate pharmacies that prepare special diagnostic drugs. The FDA wants to regulate pharmacies that mix so-called positron emission tomography (PET) drugs used to diagnose patients suffering from tumors, stroke, cancer and heart disease.