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Pfizer to Buy Allergan in $160 Billion Deal
The merger will create the world's largest drugmaker.
The Cost of Extending Life: A Riposte
Just as value is required in other industries, so should be the case in health care.
Amphetamines Fuel Both Sides of the Syrian War
Combatants in Syria’s civil war, civilians in the battle-weary region and the wealthy citizens of the Gulf countries all have a growing appetite for hard drugs.
Obama Travels to West Virginia to Change the Tone of the War on Drugs
The President announced an initiative to address prescription drug and heroin abuse.
Richard Branson Leaks U.N. Draft Paper on Decriminalizing Drugs
The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime quickly said the document was neither finished nor formal.
Who Exactly Are the Drug Criminals Being Released?
This month, 6,000 drug offenders are being set free from federal prisons.
University of Florida Quarterback Will Grier Suspended After Using Banned Substance
Grier took an over the counter supplement.
Laced Heroin Prompts Rash of Overdoses in Chicago
Law enforcement officials say the narcotic that caused 74 hospitalizations in three days last week likely contained fentanyl, a potent prescription painkiller.
The Fake Drug Industry Is Exploding, and We Can’t Do Anything About It
A fractured regulatory system hampered by Big Pharma’s meddling has led to a growing global falsification market.
What Americans Need to Live a Longer and Healthier Life
A third of a million deaths were avoided thanks to Medicare Part D. It needs bolstering, not cutting.
Psychedelics Promise a ‘Paradigm Shift’ in Treating Mental Illness
Psilocybin, LSD and other chemicals should be extensively studied, scientists say.
Why Are Joints More Addictive Than Brownies?
How someone ingests a drug triggers the brain's response in different ways.
Doctors Overuse Antipsychotic Drugs to Treat Intellectual Disability
The majority of disabled adults prescribed these drugs are not mentally ill.
FDA Approves First 3-D-Printed Pill
The new formulation should help those who have trouble swallowing large pills.
New Drug Shows Promise for Early-Stage Alzheimer’s
Solanezumab is the first drug identified for slowing the progression rather than merely treating symptoms of the disease.
1 Percent of Teens Use Bath Salts, Survey Says
About 1 in 5 teens who've tried bath salts said they’ve used the drug more than 40 times
Greenwald: What Portugal Can Teach Us About Decriminalizing Drugs
None of the scenarios touted by opponents—rampant increases in drug use by the young; Lisbon becoming a “drug tourist” haven—has occurred.
New Drug to Eliminate the Double Chin, Sans Surgery
The maker of Botox is looking to eliminate the double chin with a new drug.
When Drug Addicts Work in Hospitals, No One is Safe
Medical technician David Kwiatkowski shares his night-shift junkie story.
Tracking Europe's Drug Problem in the Sewers
A study of European sewers shows high meth use in Oslo, Ecstasy in Amsterdam.
FTC Reaches Record $1.2 Billion Settlement Over Alertness Drug Provigil
The settlement is the largest ever reached by the Federal Trade Commission.
Psychedelic Drug Laws Make No Sense, Experts Argue
Stigma and funding challenges make potentially useful drugs like LSD and psilocybin nearly impossible to research.
Activists Challenge Patents on Costly Hepatitis C Drug
With a price tag of $1,000 a day, most patients are unable to get treatment.
Venezuela Officials Suspected of Drug Trafficking
Diosdado Cabello on suspicion of drug trafficking and money laundering
Should High Schools Routinely Test for Marijuana?
Random testing for weed is not only costly, it may even lead to more dangerous drug use.
Flakka Is More Addictive Than Meth, Study Suggests
The new designer drug has been linked to reports of strange behavior.
Is Ice Cream Flavored Beer a Gateway Drug?
Neo-prohibitionists are treating adult alcohol drinkers like children.
Bankers Are Taking ADHD Medicine to Get Ahead
'Brain-doping' has become more prevalent in the competitive, high-pressure business sector.
Indonesia Executes 8 of the Bali 9; Filipina Not Among Them: Reports
Eight drug convicts were executed by an Indonesian firing squad.
A Guide to Celebrities in the Weed Game
Snoop Dogg recently invested in an "Uber for Weed" app. Here are other celebrities getting in on legalized marijuana.