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Popular asthma inhaler now expanded to kidsA leading asthma inhaler will now be available to additional younger asthma patients, after FDA approved Spiriva Respimat (Boehringer Ingelheim) for the long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of asthma in people age 6 and older.
Psoriasis drug approved with boxed warningA new drug to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis carries a black box warning that suicidal ideas and behavior, including completed suicides, have occurred in patients during the drug’s clinical trials.
Muscular dystrophy drug launch halts after pricing concernsMarathon Pharmaceuticals is temporarily pausing the launch of its drug to treat a rare form of muscular dystrophy (MD) after concerns over its $89,000 price tag.
Diabetic patients challenge insulin makersIn the latest flap over the high cost of drugs, diabetes patients filed a class-action lawsuit against insulin makers.
Will Trump’s FDA picks speed drug approvals?Three candidates that President Donald Trump is considering for FDA Commissioner are likely to speed drug approvals, analysts say.
Drug distributor pays record fineMcKesson Corp., one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals, agreed to pay a record civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Constipation drug wins approvalFDA approved plecanatide (Trulance, Synergy Pharmaceuticals) for adults with chronic idiopathic constipation.
Trump's drug pricing comments create debateWhile President-elect Donald Trump recently said that the pharmaceutical industry is “getting away with murder” in terms of drug prices, the industry is trying to self-regulate before facing tighter rules from the incoming administration.
New 340B drug rule sets drugmaker finesConsumer health groups are praising Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new rule on the Medicaid 340B drug discount program, which sets a ceiling on drug prices.
Why 2016 drug approvals fell
Why 2016 drug approvals fellWhile FDA approved far fewer new drugs in 2016 than 2015, the agency quickly approved novel and breakthrough therapies.