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NY Times Prescription Blog

NY Times Prescription Blog

February 24, 2012
A Note to Readers of This Blog
The Times is discontinuing the Prescriptions blog.
February 8, 2012
Drug Costs Pose Smaller Financial Burden Amid Generic Boom
Americans are using more prescription drugs, but the financial burden of those drugs on families is falling, according to a new study. A big reason is the rise of generics.
February 2, 2012
Drug Makers Dial Down TV Advertising
Pharmaceutical companies have cut spending on television advertising by 20 percent over the last five years, according to a Nielsen study. Analysts expect drug advertising to continue to fall as more brand-name drugs face generic competition.
January 30, 2012
F.D.A. Approves Drug for an Advanced Skin Cancer
The drug, Erivedge, made by Genentech, was approved for adults with basal cell carcinoma that has spread elsewhere in the body or those who are not candidates for surgery or radiation.
January 25, 2012
Despite Generic Rivals, Branded Drugs Still Sell Well
Drug companies are finding lucrative foreign markets for their brand-name drugs after patents expire in the United States and unleash generic competition.
January 23, 2012
Doctors Refer More Patients to Specialists
A new study finds that primary care doctors are referring patients to other doctors at double the rate of a decade ago. The reasons are unclear but the researchers say the practice is driving up health care costs.
January 19, 2012
F.D.A. Delays Approval of New Diabetes Drug
Federal drug regulators are seeking more data from AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb before deciding whether to approve dapagliflozin, a new drug aimed at Type 2 diabetes.
January 18, 2012
New Questions Raised About Tamiflu’s Effectiveness
A new study by the Cochrane Collaboration finds that the Roche drug Tamiflu does not reduce flu complications and transmission as much as previous studies suggested.
January 9, 2012
More Health Clinics Pop Up Inside Retailers
The number of medical clinics inside retail stores is expected to boom, in part because of incentives under the new federal health care law. Chains like Safeway and Walmart already have big expansion plans.
December 30, 2011
Walgreen Girds for Fight Over Customers
Walgreen to introduce a national plan it hopes will minimize customer disruption from its contract battle with its pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts.