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Get ready for statin price wars

Jun 23, 2006
If there was ever a good time to have high cholesterol, this might be it. The patent on the cholesterol-lowering statin drug, Zocor, expires today. So, generics will soon hit the market, bringing prices down. Helen Palmer reports.
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Merck to compete with Zocor generic

Jun 23, 2006
Today Merck's blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor loses its patent. Usually when a brand drug goes generic, the price drops sharply. But Merck's not giving up market share without a fight. Helen Palmer reports.
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Prescription drug costs

Jun 23, 2006
No surprise that the cost of brand-name prescription drugs is on the rise, but a new study reveals the cost has skyrocketed this year — three times faster than the rate of inflation. Stacey Vanek-Smith reports.
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Nurses sick over salaries

Jun 21, 2006
Nurses in four cities have filed lawsuits naming two big hospital chains, saying their employers illegally shared wage information. They're demanding millions in back pay and other compensation. Janet Babin reports.
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New stroke drug?

Jun 20, 2006
Researchers report that a drug commonly used to treat heart disease might also help lessen the debilitating effects of stroke. But getting it to market as a stroke drug might be difficult. Helen Palmer reports.
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Nestle balancing its diet

Jun 19, 2006
Swiss food giant Nestle today said it's going to fatten up its nutritional portfolio, paying $600 million for diet company Jenny Craig. Lisa Napoli reports.
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What health care windows might Gates open?

Jun 16, 2006
Now that Bill Gates is devoting himself to philanthropic efforts, could he become the next John D. Rockefeller? Helen Palmer reports on what his changed role could mean to health care.
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Redefining juvenile obesity

Jun 16, 2006
The AMA has changed the criteria for juvenile obesity, expanding the number of children deemed overweight. A report out today says the move largely benefits drug companies and humiliates kids. Janet Babin explains.
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Doctor shortage on the horizon

Jun 15, 2006
A new report says the number of doctors graduating from medical school is not keeping pace with the health care needs of US patients. Why aren't people getting their MDs? Helen Palmer reports.
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AMA wants to slash sodium levels

Jun 14, 2006
The American Medical Association yesterday urged restaurants and food manufactures to cut their use of salt in half to help prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. Helen Palmer reports.
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