• Medicaid Denies Almost 50% of Prescriptions for Hepatitis C Drugs in 4 States

Medicaid Denies Almost 50% of Prescriptions for Hepatitis C Drugs in 4 States

Medicaid programs in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania denied nearly half of all claims in the past year for direct-acting antiviral (DAA) hepatitis C drugs, according to an analysis of pharmacy data presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases 2015 Liver Meeting. The finding confirms

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Obesity Appears to Contribute to Increasing Use of Prescription Drugs

Prescription drug use in the United States increased by 8% over a 10 year period, and users of 5 or more prescription drugs almost doubled. Increases in prescriptions for specific agents appears to reflect the growing need for treatment of complications associated with the increase in overweight and obesity. The

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  • Chronic use of Narcotics Among Children with IBD

Chronic use of Narcotics Among Children with IBD

Chronic use of narcotics is common among children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—particularly among those with anxiety and depression, researchers report in the February issue of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Identifying and treating psychological disorders could reduce symptoms that lead to narcotic use and their complications in these patients. Narcotics are prescribed

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FDA Approves New Obesity Drug

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the third new prescription drug for obesity since 2012. The drug, Contrave, to be used along with a low-calorie diet and exercise regimen, was approved for treatment of obese adults (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or greater) or overweight adults (BMI

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How Often Do Medications Cause Liver Injury?

Drug-induced liver injury (DILI) could be more common than previously believed, according to a population-based study published in the June issue of Gastroenterology. Amoxicillin-clavulanate seems to be the most common cause, and azathioprine appears to be the most hepatotoxic. Many medications, such chlorpromazine, azathioprine, and sulfasalazine, can cause liver injury,

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