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Abbott profit beats forecast, nutritional products strong

(Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories <ABT.N> reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings on Wednesday as strong demand for nutritional products offset lower sales of medical devices and generic prescription drugs. Full story

The high cost of prescription drugs

   Patients in the U.S. spend more on prescription drugs than any other country in the world, with an estimated $45 billion spent out-of-pocket by Americans last year. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports and Dr. Gail Saltz and CNBC’s Bertha Coombs discuss the cost of our prescription drug dependency.

NYT: Growing use of ‘study drugs’ among high school students

   An investigation shows that many students are using prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, as study aids. New York Times’ National Education Correspondent Alan Schwarz discusses.

Don't mix prescription drugs, alcohol, say doctors

   While the cause of Whitney Houston's death has not been released, her story has brought to light a growing problem in the United States: mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. WMAQ's Nesita Kwan reports.

Did prescription drugs send Moore to hospital?

   Demi Moore’s publicist claims the actress sought treatment for exhaustion, but rumors are surfacing that prescription drugs may have been behind her hospitalization. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

High anxiety kicking Xanax

   The popular but highly addictive prescription drug is building a dangerous reputation. KNTV's Marianne Favro reports.

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  SCOTUS rules on Anna Nicole, prescription drugs

The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against Anna Nicole Smith's lawyers attempting to stake claim to her late husband's estate. They also ruled against states banning the sale of prescription drug information from doctors to pharmacies. NBC's Pete Williams has the details.

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Prescription Benefit Plan Major Election Issue
Prescription Benefit Plan Major Election Issue

378255 03: Prescription drugs are photographed September 11, 2000 in Fayetteville, NC. A prescription drug benefit provision within Medicare is a hot topic this election year for candidates of both major parties.