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Prescription antacids may increase risk for stomach infections

Prescription antacids may increase risk for stomach infections

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Nov. 27 (UPI) -- Take a prescription antacid for your chronic heartburn? You may end up with a viral intestinal infection. A study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that taking the stomach acid-reducing drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, nearly doubled people's risk for developing an intestinal viral infection -- particularly in those 45 years of age and older. Overall risk for infection, however, remains small, with only 1.3 percent of those using prescription PPIs diagnosed with acute gastroenteritis, a common intestinal infection. "Continuous exposure to PPI therapy among individuals aged 45 years and older was associated with an increased risk of developing acute gastroenteritis during periods of highest circulation of enter...
Too many hooked on prescription drugs – health chiefs

Too many hooked on prescription drugs – health chiefs

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Hundreds of thousands of people in England are getting hooked on prescription drugs, health chiefs fear.A Public Health England review looked at the use of strong painkillers, antidepressants and sleeping tablets - used by a quarter of adults every year.It found that at the end of March 2018 half of people using these drugs had been on them for at least 12 months.Officials said long-term use on such a scale could not be justified and was a sign of patients becoming dependent.PHE medical director Prof Paul Cosford said he was worried."These medicines have many vital clinical uses and can make a big difference to people's quality of life."But he added there were too many cases where patients were using them for longer than "clinically" appropriate - where t...
Prescription drugs ‘contributed to Theresa Feehan’s death’

Prescription drugs ‘contributed to Theresa Feehan’s death’

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A mum of seven died with toxic levels of prescription drugs in her body after visiting a surgery that had out of date records missing patient conditions.Theresa Feehan, 58, was given a drug on 10 March 2018 which, combined with other medication, contributed to her death two days later, a coroner said.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has since called medicine reviews at Lisson Grove Health Centre "ineffective".The London surgery said it could not comment due to patient confidentiality.Mrs Feehan had breathing problems for more than two decades and used home oxygen, a treatment coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said "was not even recorded on the active problem list" at the surgery.'Absolute joke'Dr Wilcox said records were "missing many rel...
Medical cannabis products available on prescription

Medical cannabis products available on prescription

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Medicinal cannabis products can now be legally prescribed to some patients across the UK for the first time.The treatments can be prescribed only by specialist doctors in a limited number of circumstances where other medicines have failed.The decision to relax the rules on the treatments followed an outcry over two boys with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil.But one charity fears access to it will be "much more limited" than expected.Is the UK the world's biggest exporter of legal cannabis?What are the rules about cannabis oil in the UK?Among those who stand to benefit will be children with rare, severe forms of epilepsy. Media playback is unsupported on your device ...
Could Trump's plan for lowering prescription drug prices work?

Could Trump's plan for lowering prescription drug prices work?

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This is a Kaiser Health News story. President Donald Trump’s new pledge to crack down on “the global freeloading” in prescription drugs had a sense of déjà vu. Five months ago, Trump unveiled a blueprint to address prohibitive drug prices, and his administration has been feverishly rolling out ideas ranging from posting drug prices on television ads to changing the rebates that flow between drugmakers and industry middlemen. Thursday, Trump proposed having Medicare base what it pays for some expensive drugs on the average prices in other industrialized countries, such as France and Germany, where prices are much lower. The proposal is in the early stages of rule-making and awaiting public comments. The U.S., Trump said, will “confront one of the most...