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CVS Announces New Limits On Prescription Painkillers Amid ‘ Public Health Emergency ’
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (CBS) – CVS is taking steps to combat the “rapidly growing epidemic of opioid addiction and misuse” by putting new restrictions on prescription painkillers. Starting in February, the chain’s new policy will put a 7-day limit on the supply of certain prescriptions for patients who are new to opioid therapy. Additionally, the daily dosage of painkillers will be limited based on how strong the opioid is, and immediate-release opioids will be favored over extended-release versions. News | @CVSHealth Fighting National Opioid Abuse Epidemic With Enterprise Initiatives https://t.co/P11cp...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News CVS opioid abuse Source Type: news

Are E-Cigs Bad For Your Heart?
Scientists are still trying to determine the health effects of e-cigarettes, and until now, they have focused their attention on the addictive properties of nicotine and the potentially cancer-causing agents in the vapors the devices emit. But in a small new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, researchers document another growing health concern of e-cigs: that they may have negative effects on the heart. Scientists led by Dr. Holly Middlekauff, professor of medicine at University of California Los Angeles, and her colleagues found that devices that contain nicotine can boost adrenaline levels ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized are e cigs bad for your heart are e cigs safe e-cig e-cigarette E-Cigarettes e-cigs e-cigs and heart ecig Heart Disease how to quit smoking Nicotine smoking and heart health smoking cessation tobacco what is nic Source Type: news

FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments with other meds
Combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity dangerous, FDA warns. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Melania Trump Urges Adults to Teach Children About Cyberbullying ‘By Our Own Example’
In her first appearance at a United Nations event, Melania Trump focused on issues facing the world’s children, urging adults to take the lead in teaching them “life’s many ethical lessons” and combating cyberbullying. Hosting a luncheon for spouses of U.N. world leaders and committee heads on Wednesday, Trump stressed the importance of leading and teaching children “by our own example,” saying that “as adults we are not merely responsible — we are accountable.” “Whether it is drug addiction, bullying, poverty, disease, trafficking, illiteracy, or hunger, it is th...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Suyin Haynes Tags: Uncategorized diplomacy Donald Trump Melania Trump onetime Source Type: news

No magic pill to cure alcohol dependence yet
(Society for the Study of Addiction) A new study published by the scientific journal Addiction has found no reliable evidence for using nalmefene, naltrexone, acamprosate, baclofen or topiramate to control drinking in patients with alcohol dependence or alcohol use disorder. At best, some treatments showed low to medium efficacy in reducing drinking, but those findings were from studies with a high risk of bias. None demonstrated any benefit on health outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA: Don't Withhold Methadone, Buprenorphine in Patients Taking CNS Depressants (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, DFASAM Medication treatment for opioid addiction (e.g., " medication-assisted treatment " with methadone and buprenorphine) shouldn't be withheld from patients who take benzodiazepines … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - September 21, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

FDA Issues Warning About Mixing Opioid Addiction Treatments With Other Meds
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration issued new warnings Wednesday about the dangers of combining medication for opioid addiction with anti-anxiety medicines and other drugs that also slow breathing and brain activity. The FDA warned that mixing such drugs can cause difficulty breathing, coma or death, so it should be done with caution. The agency said a growing number of people fighting opioid addiction with methadone or buprenorphine also take other prescription drugs that slow action of the central nervous system. The warning lists several dozen brand-name and generic drugs that could be risky, in...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - September 20, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press Tags: Patient Care News Source Type: news

#OpioidAwareChat
Join NIH Director Francis Collins, NIDA Director Dr. Volklow, and an expert from American Society of Addiction Medicine  in a Tweet chat. They’ll be available for a conversation about opioid use disorder: Impact on public health How the stigma against opioid use and addiction impacts recovery Methods and resources promoting prevention and recover When: Friday, September 29, 2017 . 12pm MT, 1pm CT at #OpioidAwareChat  /ch (Source: MCR News)
Source: MCR News - September 20, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: liaison Tags: All Members Blog Source Type: news

Youth Opioid Addiction: A Growing Problem (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Studies find risk of addiction after surgery, higher numbers of ED visits (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - September 20, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

The Affordable Care Act Is Being Exploited to Foster Opioid Relapse
As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle kn...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dave Aronberg Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Affordable Care Act Drugs Health Care Source Type: news

Opportunists Are Exploiting the ACA to Prey on Opioid Addicts
As so often happens, a frantic mother called us about her 19-year-old daughter, who I’ll call Jen. A heroin addict, Jen had been shuttled between multiple treatment centers and sober homes by greedy marketers looking to cash in on the teenager’s insurance benefits by keeping her perpetually in recovery, but never sober. As our investigator searched Palm Beach County for Jen, her mother finally reached her by phone. She pleaded with her daughter to leave Florida, to which Jen replied, “Why would I come home? I have all I need here.” In the ensuing months, Jen has become a victim of a vicious cycle kn...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dave Aronberg Tags: Uncategorized Addiction Affordable Care Act Drugs Health Care Source Type: news

FDA warns on mixing opioid addiction treatments, other meds
FDA issues new warnings about risk of combining medication for opioid addiction with certain other drugs (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the agency ’s continued efforts to promote the safe adoption of medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) – the use of medication combined with counseling and behavioral therapies – is one of the major pillars of the federal response to the opioid epidemic in this country. This type of treatment is an important tool that has the potential to help millions of Americans with an opioid use disorder reg ain control over their lives. In fact, patients receiving MAT cut their risk of death from all causes in half, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Addressing the epidemic of opioid addiction is my highest public health priority. One element of t...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - September 20, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medicine in the Headlines: When Your Patients Ask
HRT, tattoos, insurers exacerbating the opioid epidemic, prolonged sitting, plus a new COPD drug: here's a recap of 5 of the week's key news reports. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - September 20, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Susan Kweskin Tags: Addiction COPD Source Type: news

Chronic Pain & Opioid Addiction: The Role of Integrated Care
This briefing from September 2017 examined innovative non-pharmacologic models to address chronic pain, including among the military and veteran population and through state Medicaid and safety net programs. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Are weight loss drugs the next tool to combat cocaine addiction?
(Boston Medical Center) Boston Medical Center's (BMC) psychiatry team is studying a drug called lorcaserin, which targets the brain's serotonin receptors and could help reduce cocaine cravings as well as dampen the rewards associated with taking cocaine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Nora Volkow to receive Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences
(Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University will award the fifth annual Andrew Carnegie Prize in Mind and Brain Sciences to Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Volkow pioneered the use of brain imaging to investigate the toxic effects and addictive properties of abusable drugs, and her work has been instrumental in demonstrating that drug addiction is a disease of the human brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 20, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Google Chooses Saving Lives Over Profits In The Midst of Opioid Epidemic
The company says it will stop selling ad space to misleading addiction treatment centers. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid ODs Have Cut Into U.S. Life Expectancy
Doctors must start treating addiction, expert says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid ODs Have Cut Into U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC
Doctors must start treating addiction, expert says (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Christie outlines $200M for opioids while waiting on Trump
Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey will spend another $200 million on drug addiction programs, part of one of his final pushes as governor to tackle a nationwide crisis (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

State Health Leadership and the Opioid Epidemic: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials. 09/08/2017 This one-hour virtual town hall, presented by ASTHO in association with The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, addresses the opioid epidemic in the speakers'states. Presenters offer their perspectives and shared innovative approaches to preventing opioid misuse and abuse, ranging from education and prevention through treatment and recovery. They discuss what else is needed to reduce opioid misuse and prevent addiction nationwide. (Video or Multimedia) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

How The Opioid Crisis Is Blowing A Hole In Small-Town America's Finances
Cities, towns and counties across the United States are struggling to deal with the financial costs of a drug addiction epidemic that killed 33,000 people in 2015 alone. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid ODs Have Cut into U.S. Life Expectancy: CDC
Doctors must start treating addiction, expert says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Health Statistics, Opioid Abuse and Addiction (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Opioid Overdoses Are Shortening Overall Life Expectancy
In a new study of the leading causes of death in the U.S., researchers say that opioids have contributed to a shortening of life expectancy. Scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report in JAMA that while life expectancy in the U.S. increased overall from 2000 to 2015, that improvement was blunted by deaths from opioid overdoses. (According to other recent research, deaths from opioid overdoses nearly doubled in the U.S. from 2009 to 2015.) The life expectancy for people born in 2015 increased by two years compared to people born in 2000, from 76 years to 78. Much of that gain was due to decreases ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized are opioids painkillers drug addiction Drugs leading causes of death opioid addiction opioid epidemic opioid overdose opioid overdoses opioid pain killers what are opioids what is the leading cause of death Source Type: news

FDA Drug Safety Communication: FDA urges caution about withholding opioid addiction medications from patients taking benzodiazepines or CNS depressants: careful medication management can reduce risks
Based on our additional review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising that the opioid addiction medications buprenorphine and methadone should not be withheld from patients taking benzodiazepines or other drugs that depress the central nervous system (CNS). The combined use of these drugs increases the risk of serious side effects; however, the harm caused by untreated opioid addiction usually outweighs these risks. Careful medication management by health care professionals can reduce these risks. We are requiring this information to be added to the buprenorphine and methadone drug labels along with detai...
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Fentanyl, carfentanil and the opioid crisis: where do we stand now?
3.5 out of 5 stars Controversies and carfentanil: We have much to learn about the present state of opioid poisoning. Cole JB, Nelson LS. Am J Emerg Med 2017 Aug 24 [Epub ahead of print] Reference I have argued — both in a post on this blog and a column in Emergency Medicine News — that the idea of a “heroin overdose” is a completely outdated concept that is never coming back. The fact is, when a patient comes in today with a history of shooting or snorting heroin, none of us have any firm idea about exactly what drug or drugs were involved. The chance that such a patient was exposed only to heroin i...
Source: The Poison Review - September 19, 2017 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical carfentanil fentanyl opiates opioids Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Drug may reduce desire for alcohol, especially in the evening
New research in mice shows that blocking a receptor in the brain's immune system substantially reduces the desire to consume alcohol, especially at night. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs Source Type: news

Dr. Oz Says Medical Marijuana Could Help Solve Opioid Addiction
Dr. Oz says that medical marijuana may be the opposite of a'gateway drug'in that it may be a safe alternative that reduces the use of addictive prescription drugs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tom Angell, Contributor Source Type: news

28 days on the land: Is this the future of addictions treatment in Nunavut?
After nearly two decades without a residential addictions treatment facility in Nunavut, the community of Cambridge Bay has found its own culturally-tailored solution: a mobile treatment centre on the land. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/North Source Type: news

Opioid boom in China as patients lose addiction fears
Painkiller market sees rapid growth as cancer cases rise (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - September 19, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Future of legalized cannabis focus of expert panel discussion in cannabis journal
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) In the roundtable entitled " Expert Panel on Understanding Cannabis: Medicine, Society, Government, " the panelists shared their views on topics ranging from what actions U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions might take, the business of growing and selling cannabis, risk of addiction, and whether patients should use cannabis to alleviate cancer pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Health care, education key to keeping women offenders out of prison
(University of British Columbia) Women in provincial prisons require health care to address trauma, addiction and chronic diseases in order to lower reincarceration rates, according to a new study that of women leaving a B.C. correctional centre. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Managing negative emotions can help pregnant smokers quit
(University at Buffalo) A new study by scientists in the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Addictions has shown that pregnant smokers are more likely to quit if they can learn to manage negative emotions that lead to smoking. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 19, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Christie: Drugmakers to work on nonaddictive pain medication
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says pharmaceutical companies have agreed to work on nonaddictive pain medications and additional treatments to deal with opioid addiction (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Ariana Grande Just Proved She ’s a Harry Potter Magic Expert
It’s official: Ariana Grande knows more about magic — of the Harry Potter variety, anyway — than the rest of us mere Muggles. In a tweet fired off early Monday morning, the Dangerous Woman singer responded to a recent update from author J.K. Rowling, using a rare only-seen-in-movies spell. It all started when Rowling shared a photo of a giant spider that she recently encountered. “I am a strong, independent woman. Also, thanks very much to my husband for dealing with this so I could go through the door it was blocking,” she joked in the tweet. (Warning: arachnophobes, look away now.) Seems lik...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Raisa Bruner Tags: Uncategorized Ariana Grande Harry Potter JK Rowling twitter Source Type: news

Kevin Spacey Going Full Dad at the Emmys Is Your New Favorite Meme
The Internet is still recovering from how hard Kevin Spacey aced the Emmy awards. From the moment the camera captured the iconic star, he was the gift that kept on giving some unforgettable moments Sunday night. Spacey, who plays Frank Underwood on House of Cards, kicked off the evening with a stellar reaction to Sean Spicer rolling onto the scene for the shock of the evening. But he was just warming up. In true dad form, Spacey whipped out his camera phone to document Julia Louis Dreyfus‘ Emmy win for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series, for Veep.   Spacey’s reaction to this running Emmy tradition had...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ashley Hoffman Tags: Uncategorized awards show celebrities emmys 2017 Kevin Spacey memes onetime Source Type: news

Why virtual reality is the next frontier in pain relief
Research suggests that virtual reality treatments for chronic pain might help reduce reliance on opioid painkillers and potentially help curb misuse of these addictive medications. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New study shows people with schizophrenia are dying younger
(Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) People with schizophrenia have a mortality rate that is three times greater each year than those without schizophrenia, and die on average, eight years earlier than people without schizophrenia according to a new Ontario study by researchers at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 18, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amid Opioid Crisis, Insurers Restrict Pricey, Less Addictive Painkillers
Drug companies and doctors have been accused of fueling the opioid crisis, but some question whether insurers have played a role, too. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - September 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: KATIE THOMAS and CHARLES ORNSTEIN Tags: Pain-Relieving Drugs Health Insurance and Managed Care Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Buprenorphine (Drug) Morphine Aetna Inc Anthem Inc Purdue Pharma Source Type: news

More Children Entering EDs Are Addicted to Opioids More Children Entering EDs Are Addicted to Opioids
Emergency departments in the United States are seeing a sharp rise in the number of children testing positive for opioid dependence.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

New York state okays $25M more for addictions programs
BestSelf Behavioral Health, a Buffalo-based nonprofit service provider, will receive $1.7 million to enhance programs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 16, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

New York state okays $25M more for addictions programs
BestSelf Behavioral Health, a Buffalo-based nonprofit service provider, will receive $1.7 million to enhance programs. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 16, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Still haven't quit smoking? Time to go for a run, according to new study
(Natural News) If you’re a smoker trying to kick their nicotine habit, then a good jog with friends may be what you need. According to researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC), becoming part of a running group can help you get off your addiction to smoking. They came to this conclusion following the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More teens show up in ERs addicted to opioids
Many youths go to the ER for some other reason and doctors discover they are also addicted to or dependent on opioids. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - September 16, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Number of kids, teens going to ER with opioid addiction increasing, study says
A growing number of children and teens are turning up in emergency rooms dependent on opioids, including prescription painkillers and heroin, a new study finds. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FPOY Finds Joy in Treating Challenging Patients
When most physicians think of working with patients with addiction disorders, they often feel overwhelmed, frustrated and unprepared to meet their medical needs. That's not the case for Gerard Hevern, M.D., of Suncook, N.H. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - September 15, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Drug addiction is a crisis that demands urgent action
Society’s muddled thinking on its causes and cures harms individuals and families (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - September 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news