Balance, an iPhone application that acts as a virtual pillbox, was launched by the New York-based National Alzheimer Center to help track medications for dementia and Alzheimer's patients. Caregivers or patients can use the app to check off a box after a pill is taken and create alerts for upcoming medication doses or doctor appointments.
A new pill that helps women reduce the frequency of their periods is fueling a debate over the possible health effects of manipulating the natural cycle. Skeptics have said reducing menstruation, or stopping it altogether, may have negative long term consequences, while women using the medicine generally have found it beneficial.
Several states have announced they are exploring the option of purchasing Canadian drugs to cut costs, a move the FDA so far has opposed. Currently the Justice Department is taking on the owner of Rx Depot and Rx of Canada in an Oklahoma courtroom, seeking to close his 85 stores that help seniors purchase Canadian drugs; a decision is expected after Oct. 31.
Congressional negotiators conceded they will miss their Friday deadline to agree on a new drug bill. Although the target date will pass, both sides are working to make progress on several outstanding issues and will continue working to reach an overall agreement while President Bush is in Asia.
Nurse practitioners will give checkups and treat minor ailments on a first-come, first-serve basis at a medical clinic opening next month in a Fort Wayne Scott's Foods grocery store. The chain says it's considering opening similar clinics in stores in the region.