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A drug derived from marijuana just got a big lift that will likely make it the first of its kind to get federal approval

A drug derived from marijuana to treat epilepsy is on the brink of winning US government approval. In its third large clinical trial, Epidiolex appeared to significantly reduce the worst symptoms of two severe forms of childhood epilepsy.

The first drug for opioid withdrawal has gotten the green light — and it targets risky symptoms that others ignore

Lofexidine, sold under the brand name Lucemyra, is the first drug of its kind to target the painful symptoms of opioid withdrawal, which can trigger a cycle of use, addiction, and overdose.

Psychedelic drugs appear to fundamentally reorganize the brain — and they’re starting to turn into approved treatments

From magic mushrooms to ketamine, the drugs are being tested for their potential to treat an array of diseases and conditions that currently lack adequate treatments.

A depression drug that researchers have called ‘the most important discovery in half a century’ just got a big lift

Johnson & Johnson plans to file for FDA approval of a nasal formula of ketamine for depression this year. A new study presented on Saturday suggest the drug, called esketamine, is linked with some very positive results, especially in people with the hardest to treat forms of depression.
Shire CEO Flemming Ornskov

A bidding war for the maker of Adderall stalled out after just 4 hours

Shire rejected a $60 billion bid from the Japanese drugmaker Takeda, while Allergan briefly considered getting into the fray on Thursday.

A powerful drug derived from marijuana just got a major green light on its way to FDA approval

The GW Pharma drug appears to reduce seizures in two types of epilepsy and nears FDA approval. Its active ingredient: the marijuana compound cannabidiol.

Ketamine could become the first new depression drug in more than 30 years

Johnson & Johnson is actively pursuing a nasal formulation of a ketamine drug for depression. Studies so far suggest it's linked with promising results.

Products made with a component of marijuana that doesn’t get you high are surging in popularity

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is thought to be responsible for many of marijuana's therapeutic effects, from reducing pain to soothing anxiety.

DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: New Amazon hire could indicate a move into EHR — Home-DNA test takes aim at heart conditions — How VR can give sp...

Amazon hired a former FDA digital health officer to work in its secretive 1492 lab, likely to explore ways to make it easier to access and share EHRs