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Off-Label Drug Coverage Bill Advances

A measure requiring certain health insurance carriers to cover the off-label use of certain drugs has been approved by the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Off-label use refers to when a drug is prescribed for uses, periods of time, or at dosages that are not FDA-approved. Off-label drug use is legal when prescribed in a medically appropriate way.

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Wrongdoing by Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Results in $900,000 for NJ

New Jersey has received $900,000 as a result of its participation in separate global settlements resolving civil allegations against two pharmaceutical manufacturers and criminal charges against one of them.

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State Officials Talk Prescription Drug Abuse With Freshmen [AUDIO]

The dangers of prescription drug abuse will be at the forefront at Fort Lee High School this morning where an assembly will be held for freshmen.

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(Flickr User: operation_janet)
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Did You Buy Chinese Male Enhancement Pills Recently?

If you’ve purchased Libigrow, Blue Diamond, Nite Rider or ExtenZe recently you may not get the bang for the buck that you were expecting.

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CVS to Enhance Protections After Pill Mix Up at 5 NJ Pharmacies

Some patients in New Jersey filled their prescriptions only to receive pill bottles containing the wrong medication.  The mix-up happened at five separate CVS pharmacies in Camden, Morris and Union Counties. 

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Deaths from Drug Overdoses Up Again

Drug overdose deaths rose for the 11th straight year, federal data show, and most of them were accidents involving addictive painkillers despite growing attention to risks from these medicines.

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NJ Senate To Consider Drug Overdose Prevention Bill

This Monday, the New Jersey Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee will consider the Opioid Antidote and Overdose Prevention Act, which expands access to a life-saving medication that is currently only available with a prescription.

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(Flickr photo via Eric C Bryan)
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FDA Demands Lower Doses for Ambien, Sleep Meds

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring makers of Ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosage of their drugs, based on studies suggesting patients face a higher risk of injury due to morning drowsiness.

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NJ Residents May Soon Get Easier Access To Pain Meds

An Assembly committee has approved a bill sponsored by Assembly members Herb Conaway, Jr., M.D. and Dan Benson that would ease access to prescription pain medication for patients who need it by requiring certain health insurance providers to cover prescription pain medication.

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NJ Pharmacist Nabbed for Fraudulent Prescriptions of Diet Drug

A New Jersey pharmacist is under arrest for allegedly creating fraudulent prescriptions  to obtain a weight-loss drug known to have a high potential for abuse.  State Attorney General Jeff Chiesa announced the arrest today of 62 year old Joseph Chiodo Jr. of Morganville.

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