Stories by Matthew Perrone

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

After lobbying push, drugmaker resubmits women's sex pill

Drugmaker enlists support from lawmakers, women's groups to boost bid for female sex pill.
By Matthew Perrone

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Soaring generic drug prices draw Senate scrutiny

WASHINGTON - Some low-cost generic drugs that have helped restrain health care costs for decades are seeing unexpected price spikes of up to 8,000 percent, prompting a backlash from patients, ...
By Matthew Perrone

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

New once-a-day pill for hepatitis C wins FDA approval

WASHINGTON - Federal health officials have approved a daily pill that can cure the most common form of hepatitis C. But the drug's $1,125-per-pill price is sure to increase criticism of drugmaker ...
By Matthew Perrone

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Silicon Valley struggles with regulations

WASHINGTON — From Apple’s new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar – Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health ...
By Matthew Perrone

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Who pays your doc? Coming soon to a site near you

Nearly 95 percent of U.S. physicians accept gifts, meals, payments, travel and other services from companies that make the drugs and medical products they prescribe, according to the "New England ...
By Matthew Perrone

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014

Feds crack down on weight loss aids

WASHINGTON - Makers of a weight loss additive called Sensa will return more than $26 million to consumers to settle federal charges that the company used deceptive advertising.
By Matthew Perrone

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013

J&J launches new cap to curb Tylenol overdoses

WASHINGTON - Bottles of Tylenol sold in the U.S. will soon bear red warnings alerting users to the potentially fatal risks of taking too much of the popular pain reliever.
By Matthew Perrone

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

FDA cracks down on illegal diabetes remedies

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Admini­stra­tion is cracking down on more than a dozen companies that market illegal treatments for diabetes, ranging from bogus dietary supplements to prescription ...
By Matthew Perrone

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Martinez compounding pharmacy recalls eye drug

The FDA said Wednesday that Clinical Specialties of Martinez has received five reports of eye infections from physicians who used the drug to treat macular degeneration, a common vision disorder ...
By Matthew Perrone

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tobacco companies must report chemicals

WASHINGTON - Tobacco companies will be required to report the levels of dangerous chemicals found in their products under the latest rules for the tobacco industry.
By Matthew Perrone
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Stormwater fee could be delayed

The commission is taking a look at placing the stormwater fee on property tax bills instead of water bills and delaying implementation beyond a planned July start date, City Administrator Janice ...
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