prescription http://kcur.org en Off-Label Drug Use http://kcur.org/post/label-drug-use <div>A doctor looking to help a patient prescribes a medication for a condition it was not originally marketed to treat. How legal, and how risky the off-label use of prescription drugs?</div><div>On Thursday's Up To Date &nbsp;Steve Kraske talks with a pharmacist about just how common this practice is among physicians and why drug companies don’t market their products for multiple uses.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 18:41:36 +0000 Steve Kraske & Jenny Whitty 55072 at http://kcur.org Off-Label Drug Use Kansas City Doctor Testing New Hepatitis C Breakthrough Drugs http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-doctor-testing-new-hepatitis-c-breakthrough-drugs <p>In the past, the standard treatments for hepatitis C have been nearly as bad as the disease, making some patients feel like they have a severe flu. And, even with treatment, hepatitis C often doesn’t get better. But things could be changing for the over three million people infected in the United States. A new class of improved hepatitis C drugs is emerging, and they're being tested in Kansas City.</p><p>“When you get a call that says you’ve got hepatitis, it’s a wakeup call,” says 57-year old Bob Barber.</p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:20:58 +0000 Alex Smith 48507 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Doctor Testing New Hepatitis C Breakthrough Drugs Across America, The Grip of Prescription Painkillers Tightens http://kcur.org/post/across-america-grip-prescription-painkillers-tightens Tens of millions of Americans turn to powerful painkillers to ease their sufferings. But an analysis on the sales of two prescription drugs over a decade is particularly worrisome.<p>Check out The Associated Press' interactive map at the end of this post. It uses data from the Drug Enforcement Agency to show how sales of oxycodone and hydrocodone ballooned from 2000-10.<p>You can click on individual states to see which areas had the biggest increases.<p>An <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/05/150070840/soaring-painkiller-sales-fuel-fears-of-addiction">accompanying report</a> says U.S. Thu, 05 Apr 2012 18:17:00 +0000 editor 15491 at http://kcur.org Across America, The Grip of Prescription Painkillers Tightens