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Carolyn Barrett, who was born with the rare disease spinal muscular atrophy, and her service dog Shadow head down to the Boston Common in February of 2017. A new gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy could be approved this year, and may cost up to $5 million for a one-time treatment.

Drugs that cost as much as a house are on the way to treat rare and devastating diseases. The US is scrambling to figure out how to pay for them.

The cost of gene therapies will put a huge financial strain on the US health system as new products become available to treat more common diseases.

Pharmacy startup Blink Health saves you up to 80% on over 15,000 generic prescription medications — here’s how it works

Whether you're uninsured, insured, or have Medicare, it's helpful to check Blink Health to see how much you could be paying instead on prescriptions.
Most common drugs stay potent long after their expiration date.

How long you can take medications like ibuprofen and aspirin after opening them

INSIDER asked a doctor how long it's safe to use medications like ibuprofen, Tylenol, and sleeping pills after they expire. Here's what she said.
A diagnosis and anti-anxiety medication changed my life.

Why going on anti-anxiety medication is the best decision I have ever made

I have anxiety but finally being diagnosed with a disorder and then prescribed with medication changed my life. Here's how.

DNA tests that cost as much as $750 claim to tell you which antidepressant is best for you, but scientists say they’re not worth the money

Some DNA testing kits claim to tell you how well you'll respond to certain antidepressants based on your genes. Last month, Silicon Valley startup Color Genomics added one of the tests to its list of services. But some scientists say the tests aren't worth it yet.

A Silicon Valley pharmacy delivery startup just became the first to offer an at-home lab test for a popular HIV-preventing medication

Nurx, a Silicon Valley prescription drug delivery startup that once solely dispensed birth control, is launching a new service that allows patients who want HIV-prevention drug Truvada to do all the required testing at home.
A child migrant released from Customs and Border Protection in June in McAllen, Texas.

A judge has ordered the Trump administration to stop giving detained migrant children mind-altering drugs. Here’s what they do.

A federal judge found US government officials in violation of child welfare laws for putting detained migrant children on mind-altering drugs without a guardian's consent. The drugs are used to treat mood disorders, but can cause symptoms of those disorders as well, such as anxiety.

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.
FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb

The days of the ‘pharma bro’ have come to an end — but we haven’t made much progress on drug pricing

The debate around how much people pay for their medication has gotten more complex, but we still haven't seen many lasting fixes.

DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Cerner, Surescripts bring transparency to drug costs — Ericsson, Sony plan wearable for diabetics — Practice Fusi...

Cerner is partnering with Surescripts to implement a prescription price transparency tool into its Millennium electronic health record systems.