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US drug shortages hit all time high, pharmacists warn

Drug shortages in the U.S. are at an all-time high, and some of the medications in short supply are life-saving chemotherapy drugs and emergency medications stored in hospitals, pharmacists warn.  The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Utah Drug Information Service reported that there were 323 active drug shortages in the first quarter of the year, marking the most shortages since they have been…

Hand sanitizer, aloe gel recalled over warnings it could cause comas or blindness

Several lots of hand sanitizer and aloe gel are being recalled for containing methanol, which can put consumers at risk for serious health issues, according to federal health officials. The recall affects 40 lots of Aruba Aloe Hand Sanitizer Gel Alcohol 80% and Aruba Aloe Alcoholada Gel, which contains “alcohol denatured with methanol,” according to a notice posted by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA). …

8.4M Tide, Gain and other laundry pods recalled over unsafe packaging

Millions of bags of laundry pods are being recalled because the packages aren’t child resistant and could pose a serious risk, a federal safety regulatory agency warned Friday.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warning covers 8.4 million Proctor and Gamble Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Ace Pods and Ariel Pods liquid laundry detergent packets packaged in flexible film bags that were distributed in the United…

Costco launches weight loss program for members

Costco is jumping into the weight loss game by giving members access to sought-after medications such as those made by pharmaceutical giants Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk.  Effective immediately, Costco members can sign up for a weight loss program through its partner Sesame, a health care marketplace aimed at helping those with high-deductible plans or no health insurance afford medical care. Members at Costco locations…

Amazon Pharmacy will deliver Eli Lilly’s Zepbound, other drugs to customers’ doorsteps

Amazon will now deliver pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly’s diabetes and weight-loss medications to customers’ doors.  Amazon Pharmacy announced Wednesday that it will serve as a third-party dispensing provider for LillyDirect, the pharmaceutical company’s new telehealth site.  The platform launched earlier this year so patients in the U.S. suffering from obesity, diabetes or migraines can work with independent health care providers and get direct home delivery…

Eli Lilly’s campaign seeks to resolve weight-loss drug misconceptions

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company is trying to clear up misconceptions about obesity care as it increases investment in its highly popular weight-loss drugs.  With the latest phase of Lilly’s “Get Better” campaign, the company aims to focus the importance of obesity treatment as a disease, and the appropriate use of anti-obesity medications. These drugs have surged in popularity in recent years, due in…

Walgreens, CVS slammed by pro-life groups over ‘dangerous’ decision to sell abortion pill

Pro-life groups are slamming Walgreens and CVS stores’ decision to begin selling the abortion pill mifepristone in states where it’s legal starting this month, calling it “shameful.” “As two of the world’s largest, most trusted ‘health’ brands, the decision by CVS and Walgreens to sell dangerous abortion drugs is shameful, and the harm to unborn babies and their mothers incalculable,” Katie Daniel, state policy director for…

Hackers behind UnitedHealth Group cyberattack reportedly identified

Hackers that allegedly caused the UnitedHealth Group cyberattack reportedly posted on the dark web that they stole personal data and the records of “millions” of patients. In a now-deleted post, the Blackcat ransomware group – also known as ALPHV or Noberus – said it stole several terabytes of data from UnitedHealth, which includes medical insurance and health data, Reuters reported, citing screenshots of the post….

Chemical found in Cheerios, Quaker Oats, other oat-based foods linked to potential health issues: study

A pesticide linked to reproductive and developmental issues in animals was found in oat-based foods sold in the U.S., including under major brand names like Cheerios and Quaker Oats, according to a recent peer-reviewed study.  Chlormequat was detected in 80% of people tested in three geographical regions of the U.S. between 2017 and 2023, according to the study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and…

Listeria outbreak: Dairy products affected and what to do if they’re in your refrigerator

A deadly listeria outbreak tied to types of dairy products that infected people across nearly a dozen states prompted recalls from Costco, Walmart, Trader Joe’s and other major retailers.    Federal health officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with local health officials are investigating the multistate outbreak of infections that have been linked…

Father of CVS pharmacist who died calls company memo ‘corporate garbage’

The father of a CVS pharmacist who died after suffering a heart attack at work in 2021 says the industry is not doing enough to change conditions that he says are putting workers and customers’ “lives at risk.”  Larry Anderson told FOX Business that a CVS memo sent to staff last week acknowledging the USA Today report that exposed his daughter’s death was “corporate garbage”…

CDC concerned with spike in illnesses linked to some tianeptine products

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned Thursday there has been a “cluster of illnesses” tied to products that contain the drug tianeptine.   The CDC said 20 cases regarding tianeptine use in 17 unique patients were reported in New Jersey between June 2023 and November 2023. The agency called it an “uncharacteristic spike” from the poison center’s baseline of two or fewer…

Biogen drops controversial Alzheimer’s drug, focuses on other treatments

Biogen said it is discontinuing its controversial drug Aduhelm, so it can focus resources on other Alzheimer’s treatments that drive long-term growth. This includes shifting its priorities to its blockbuster drug Leqembi, which was developed with Japan’s Eisai and approved in 2023. “As a pioneer in Alzheimer’s disease, Biogen is reprioritizing resources to build a leading franchise to address the multiple pathologies of the disease…