Prescription drug abuse is a massive issue in our country, with an estimated 18 million people misusing these medications, according to 2017 research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Could a so-called “smart” pill bottle make a dent in that harrowing statistic? Scientists at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia hope so. There, researchers are creating a sophisticated yet affordable-to-produce pill bottle that can recognize when someone is tampering with or overdosing on a drug. When it senses such misuse, the smart pill bottle will send wireless alerts. The smart pill bottle can also detect…

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By Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones ProPublica The past two years have been a time of reckoning for pharmaceutical manufacturers over their role in promoting opioid drugs that have fed a national epidemic. Lawsuits and media reports have accused Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, of aggressively marketing the powerful narcotic even after it knew the drug was being misused. Prosecutors have charged the founder of Insys Therapeutics and several of the company’s sales representatives and executives for their roles in an alleged conspiracy to bribe doctors to use its fentanyl spray for unapproved uses. State and local governments…

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Motrin, Advil and Celebrex are all NSAIDs, non-steroidal anti-inflamatory drugs, which are often used for chronic pain. A new study shows that taking high doses of NSAIDs increase cardiovascular risk (heart attacks or strokes) by 30%. Projecting that to the full population indicates that 3 or 4 people out of 1,000 each year will have a stroke or heart attack, one fatal, linked to NSAID overuse. That’s considered a small number. A bit of good news for naproxen (Aleve, etc.), it doesn’t seem to increase cardiac risk and might even lower it. However, naproxen tends to upset one’s stomach and…

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