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NC Veterans Affairs office opens hotline to improve services

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videoThe North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs has started a tip hotline to help improve services at the state's medical facilities for veterans. Full story...
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North Carolina flu deaths reach 100

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State health officials say 100 people have died from flu in North Carolina this season. Officials said two people died from the flu last week, bringing the deaths from the viral illness to 100. Full story...
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FDA asks doctors to stop prescribing pain meds with high dose of acetaminophen

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videoThe FDA is asking doctors to stop prescribing pain medicine with high amounts of a popular medicine. When Vicodin or Percocet are not enough to ease pain after surgery, some people turn to Tylenol. But experts say if you're not careful, you may poison yourself. Full story...
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Asheville compounding pharmacy recalls products

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A compounding pharmacy in Asheville is recalling sterile products because of the possibility of contamination. The US Food and Drug Administration said the products being recalled include those in the form of an injectable drug or an eye drop. Full story...
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Doctor joins WPD SWAT team

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video A local physician recently graduated from CFCC's basic law enforcement training program. Dr. Jim Joachim has been sworn in as an auxiliary police officer with the Wilmington Police Department. He has been assigned as the tactical physician with the SWAT team. Full story...
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Brunswick County leads state in Operation Medicine Drop collections

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Attorney general Roy Cooper says North Carolinians turned in approximately 8.5 million doses of old prescription and over-the-counter drugs during Operation Medicine Drop last weekend. Full story...
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Operation Medicine Drop offers chance to safely dispose of old prescriptions

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Check your medicine cabinet or that drawer in your bathroom, and you'll probably find bottle of expired prescription medicine. If so, you have a chance to safely get rid of it this week. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Specialized pharmacies see greater demand as supply of some drugs lags

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videoNationwide, there is a long list of prescription drugs that are in short supply. From certain cancer medications to painkillers, the supply of these drugs is dwindling. Full story...
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FDA warns of pill mix-up with Endo painkillers

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning patients about a potential mix-up between powerful prescription pain drugs and common over-the-counter medications like Excedrin and Gas-X made at a Novartis manufacturing plant. Full story...
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New powerful painkiller has abuse experts worried

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Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation's second most-abused medicine. That has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse. Full story...
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Free drugs can help prevent repeat heart attacks

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A study finds that offering people free medicines after a heart attack can help cut the chances they will suffer another one. It also saves them about $500 for health care over the next year without raising costs for insurers. Full story...
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Drug stops HIV spread among heterosexual couples, not just gays

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Experts are calling it a breakthrough for Africa in its effort to fight back against AIDS. Two studies in Africa have found that an AIDS drug that was already shown to help prevent the spread of the virus in gay men also works for heterosexual men and women. Full story...
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Seniors face Medicare cost barrier for cancer meds

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Researchers say seniors with Medicare prescription drug coverage are facing steep copays for the newest kind of cancer drugs. Full story...
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FDA approves new HIV drug from Johnson & Johnson

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The Food and Drug Administration says it approved a new HIV drug from Johnson & Johnson for patients who have not been treated with other medications for the virus. Full story...
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