prescription drugs

Is Walgreen Going Too Far With Its Higher Dividend?

Walgreen, the leading U.S. pharmacy chain, recently increased its quarterly dividend by 28.6%, the largest increase in the company's 110-year history, from 17.5 cents a share to 22.5 cents a share. But is it giving away cash it's really going to need for its expansion plans?

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.

The Best Deal Around: $4 Generics


Wal-Mart Stores Inc. expanded a $4 offer for some prescription generic drugs to 11 more states Thursday, including Oklahoma, in its plan to reach all 50 states by as early as January with the discount program.Many consumers have yet to take advantage of the low prices for prescription drugs offered by many retailers. For example, some American consumers...

Another Year With No Social Security Benefit Increases

Inflation has remained flat, and that means Social Security recipients will get no increase in their benefits this year. As medical costs keep growing -- and after a proposed Social Security bonus failed to win approval -- that's unlikely to make retired voters happy.

Amgen, J&J Recall Procrit, Epogen for Possible Glass Issue

Drug-makers Amgen and Johnson & Johnson are voluntarily recalling two brands of an injectable anemia medication because of the possibility that vials of it may also contain tiny glass flakes. The drug, Epoetin alfa, is marketed under the brand names Epogen and Procrit.

Health Care Costs Will Rise About 10.6% in Next Year

Health care costs will increase between 10.5% and 11% over the next year, marginally higher than last year's rise, consulting firm Aon said Wednesday. Aon pins the increase on factors such as rising prescription drug costs and the effects of the health care reform law passed this spring.