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HEALTH
December 18, 2000 | SALLY SQUIRES, WASHINGTON POST
The prescription drug ads that regularly air on television and appear in magazines pitch medicines directly to consumers, a strategy that the drug industry says educates Americans about various medications. But after studying 320 of the ads, published from 1989 through 1998 in 18 magazines from BusinessWeek to Vogue, a scientific team reports that in addition to failing to educate, most don't explain the basics and some cleverly obscure facts about the products they promote.
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NATIONAL
March 2, 2004 | From Reuters
The Bush administration on Monday announced a new effort to fight illegal diversion and abuse of painkillers, sedatives and other prescription drugs, a problem that has grown over the last decade. Officials said they would boost the number of state prescription monitoring programs, which can detect "doctor shoppers" who redeem prescriptions from multiple physicians. They also would target Internet pharmacies that provide controlled substances illegally.
TRAVEL
August 8, 2004 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
For many travelers crossing the border to Mexico, the lower prices of prescription drugs are just too tempting to resist, despite the recent imprisonment of U.S. citizens who bought drugs in Mexico and last month's warning from the Food and Drug Administration about counterfeit drugs in Mexico. Raymond Lindell, a 66-year-old Phoenix retiree, was arrested in May on charges of buying 270 Valium pills without a Mexican prescription at a Mexican pharmacy in Nogales.
NEWS
October 27, 2000 | From Associated Press
A federal judge on Thursday blocked Maine's pioneering law aimed at cutting the cost of prescriptions with the threat of price controls, saying it would probably be tossed out as unconstitutional. The preliminary injunction granted by Judge D. Brock Hornby prevents the state from enforcing the law pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents about 100 drug companies.
NEWS
November 10, 2000 | From Associated Press
The state of Maine on Thursday appealed a federal court ruling blocking its new drug pricing law that would allow it to control the cost of prescription drugs for uninsured and underinsured residents. The first-in-the-nation law would require drug makers to negotiate rebates with the state similar to the deals they cut with the federal government. Companies that refuse could find their products excluded from a list of drugs prescribed for residents enrolled in federal health insurance plans.
NEWS
October 25, 1994 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you read TV Guide, People or other publications, you've probably spotted the trend: Ads that urge you to ask your doctor about a specific prescription drug. They seem to be popping up everywhere. Most often advertised are treatments for chronic conditions such as arthritis and allergies. Until recently, these ads were likely to be seen mainly in medical or trade journals.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
U.S. prescription drug sales rose 8.3% in 2004, the smallest gain in nine years, hurt by Merck & Co.'s recall of Vioxx and over-the-counter versions of ulcer medicines such as AstraZeneca's Prilosec. Sales increased to $235.4 billion from $217.3 billion in 2003, said IMS Health Inc., a Fairfield, Conn.-based tracker of prescription-drug data. Among other factors crimping growth were a mild flu season, higher consumer co-payments for medicines and safety concerns about antidepressants, IMS said.
NEWS
April 2, 1991 | SHARI ROAN, TIMES HEALTH WRITER
Tighter prescription controls proposed for some powerful drugs, including popular medications for anxiety and sleep disorders, have some lawmakers at odds with medical and pharmaceutical groups. Increased government scrutiny of dispensing certain drugs will help reduce abuse and illegal use, authors of several bills contend. But doctors, pharmacists and drug companies say the tighter regulations would make it harder for people who legitimately need medication to obtain it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1988 | AMY PYLE, Times Staff Writer
The first swap meet vendor in the state charged with selling black market prescription drugs pleaded no contest Thursday to selling dangerous drugs to a Northridge woman whose ailing toddler later died. The Los Angeles city attorney's office, which filed the charges against Santa Elba Hernandez in June, vowed to use the case to push for closer state monitoring of such sales at swap meets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 2000 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The illegal drugs were stashed under a counter near the cash register in a cramped meat market in Cypress Park, police said. The undercover officer didn't utter a secret code word. He simply said he needed something for a cold. According to police, the man behind the counter handed the officer a few tablets of ampicillin, an antibiotic that by law can be prescribed only by a doctor.
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