Use of the word “breakthrough” in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s expedited approval process could mislead doctors about the new drugs’ actual benefits, researchers warn

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Though you may not have realized it, there’s a good chance that a doctor has prescribed you a medication for a use other than what it was approved for. This off-label use is perfectly legal, but isn’t as safe as it might be, in part because incentives to invest in costly clinical trials to test such uses are weak

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Treatment of developing brains offers greater scope for improvement but also intensifies risks

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It’s our own fault. In the U.S., Japan, Korea and elsewhere, we use antibiotics too much. We use them to treat coughs and colds — for which they’re ineffective. We’ve used them in animal feed in an attempt to prevent disease and to fatten cows and chickens. And the more we use antibiotics, the greater the likelihood that clever bacteria will evolve in ways that resist the attack of antibiotics

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Trial also demonstrates ability to develop vaccine quickly during outbreak

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Homeopathic Oversight

April 22, 2015

In the wake of new evidence of ineffectiveness and potential risks, the FDA is considering changing the way it regulates homeopathic drugs

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It is 16 years since the then Labour government launched Nice (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) with the aim of ending the “postcode lottery” by providing definitive expert-based national guidance on the drugs and treatments that should be provided by the NHS

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What are the benefits of Tamiflu, and why is it so controversial?

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