Ozempic users report stomach paralysis from diet drug: ‘So much hell’

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 17: In this photo illustration, boxes of the diabetes drug Ozempic rest on a drugstore counter on April 17, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.  Ozempic was originally approved by the FDA to treat people with type 2 diabetes, who risk serious health consequences without medication.  In recent months, there has been a spike in demand for Ozempic, or semaglutide, due to its weight-loss benefits, which has led to shortages.  Some doctors prescribe Ozempic off-label to treat obesity.  (Photo illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Photo illustration by Mario Tama/Getty Images Since Ozempic was first released to the public in 2018, the diabetic injectable has become a favorite for fans, even those without diabetes, for weight loss. Others in its class of drugs, such as Wegovy, have also seen an increase in demand, so high that the Food and Drug … Read more

How fentanyl changed the game for Mexican drug cartels

Griselda Martinez, mayor of Manzanillo

One Sunday morning in May, after leaving a restaurant in western Mexico, Sergio Emmanuel Martnez, the new customs director of the country’s largest port, was kidnapped. The next day, he was found dead alongside a highway, making him the fourth Port of Manzanillo customs official to be murdered in less than two years. Manzanillo is … Read more

Lexapro for children: drug without significant benefits and increase in suicide gets FDA approval

In May, the FDA expanded the approval of drug giant AbbVie’s SSRI escitalopram (Lexapro) to include children ages seven and older who suffer from anxiety. The basis for the approval was a clinical trial conducted by AbbVie employees, with an article written by AbbVie’s ghostwriting company. Researchers randomly assigned 275 children aged 7 to 17 … Read more

Tornado damage to the Pfizer facility may exacerbate drug shortages

Tornado damage to the Pfizer facility may exacerbate drug shortages

Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images Hospital drug buyers are trying to figure out how tornado damage at a major Pfizer manufacturing facility will affect drug availability across the country at a time of record drug shortages. Healthcare providers Premier Inc. and Vizient Inc. said they are working with other drugmakers to see … Read more

Blockbuster drug Humira finally faces low-cost rivals

Blockbuster drug Humira finally faces low-cost rivals

AbbVie’s Humira was the world’s best-selling drug for many years. It now faces competition for knockoffs that cost a fraction of its price. David J. Philip/AP hide caption toggle caption on/off David J. Philip/AP AbbVie’s Humira was the world’s best-selling drug for many years. It now faces competition for knockoffs that cost a fraction of … Read more

Beyfortus, a drug to prevent severe RSV in children, gets FDA approval

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday approved a new preventive treatment to defend infants and children from the common and sometimes dangerous respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The injectable drug, called Beyfortus (nirsevimab-alip), is designed for all children entering their first RSV season and for children up to 2 years old who … Read more