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4 Prescription Drug Myths Debunked

When it comes to prescription drugs, there's a lot of information out there. There's also a lot of misinformation -- and some of it could be costing you.

Flexible Spending Accounts: Use the Money Before You Lose It

Flexible spending accounts are a great way to save by using pretax money to cover medical expenses -- unless you leave money in them past Dec. 31 and lose it. Don't wait until next month to start thinking about how to drain your FSA: Follow this advice now.

Six Reasons Businesses Can't Live Without Gold

Nearly 7/8 of gold demand these days goes to jewelry and investors, but the precious metal is good for more than looking pretty and providing a hard asset: Industrial and technological uses for gold are growing. Whether it's in hospitals, cars or computers, here's what gold is really good for.

Big Pharma Ads Flaunt FDA Rules

Officially, it's the FDA's job to ensure that pharmaceutical ads adhere to guidelines. But the agency's annual compliance budget is $9 million, while drug companies spend $58 billion a year on marketing. So it comes as no surprise that only 18% of ads are in compliance with the rules. But it's still disturbing: This is your health.

How Safe Are the Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Do you want your new prescription drugs to be made under last century's oversight? Like it or not, that's likely what you're getting -- or worse -- because increasingly, Americans' medicines are made overseas in place where the oversight isn't up to U.S. standards.

Why Free Clinics Are Turning Away Needy Patients

Free clinics and the uninsured are paying a heavy price for the nation's teetering recovery: More than half of the clinics are now time turning away eligible patients -- many for the first time -- according to an AmeriCares report published Wednesday.

Don't Let Medical Reimbursement Money Disappear

It's a guarantee in our health-care system: You may get better or you may not, but what you will get either way is paperwork: insurance claims, bills, receipts, and reams of forms that stand between you and the money you're owed. Recently, a new industry has sprung up to help you conquer the paper and recover your cash.

More Americans Turn to Acupuncture as Medical Costs Rise

year after President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law, many Americans are still struggling to get their insurance to cover basic medical treatments. And now Americans are increasingly exploring less expensive alternatives to traditional Western medicine -- like acupuncture.

New Cystic Fibrosis Drug Treats the Disease's Cause

Vertex Pharmaceutical shares soared 15% Wednesday as Wall Street cheered the results of a late-stage study of its new cystic fibrosis drug, an experimental treatment that targets the underlying cause of the disease rather than just its symptoms.

Senators Propose a New Law to Address Drug Shortages

Health care providers have been reporting unprecedented shortages of prescription drugs, including vital medications such as chemotherapies and antibiotics. Under current law, the FDA has no power to act, so two senators have introduced a bill to help government get a handle on the problem.

Health Insurers Post Healthy Profits but Remain Cautious on 2011

The recent pushback on health care reform appears to have boosted the stock prices of health insurance companies, which have outperformed major indexes by quite a margin so far this year. That's because Americans have been cutting back on doctor visits, keeping reimbursement costs low.

More Proof That Whistleblowing on Medicaid Fraud Works

Whistleblowing firm Ven-A-Care has recovered $2 billion for taxpayers by suing drug companies that overcharge the government and create windfalls for participating pharmacies. It also has made $380 million for itself. What's the problem with that?

Is 'Concierge Health Care' Worth the Money?

Short wait times for doctor visits and 24/7 access to physicians are some of the perks available through concierge health care. But such perks cost more -- sometimes a lot more. And some say these programs could create a two-tier health care system.

J&J Recalls Rolaids Over Metal, Wood Particles

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is recalling packages of Rolaids medicines distributed in Canada after consumers complained of finding materials including particles of metal and wood in the products. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, said it is recalling all lots of Rolaids Ultra Strength SoftChews and Rolaids UltraStrength SoftChews plus Gas Relief.

Can GE and J&J Help Detect Alzheimer's Earlier?

Medical imaging and diagnostics powerhouse GE Healthcare teams up with pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson to research methods of detecting Alzheimer's in patients -- even before they begin to exhibit symptoms of the devastating disease.

Johnson & Johnson Recalls More Children's Medicines

Just days after Johnson & Johnson's Children's Tylenol started returning to store shelves, the health care giant has recalled about four million packages of Children's Benadryl allergy tablets and some 800,000 bottles of Junior Strength Motrin, citing manufacturing problems.