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One in 10 Americans have taken drugs prescribed for others

By Lindsay Dunsmuir NEW YORK (Reuters) – Kurt is a 32-year-old IT systems administrator from Des Moines, Iowa. He has a colleague who had been prescribed “ridiculous amounts” of Vicodin for a chronic back problem. His colleague offered him some of the pills. Soon Kurt was taking them three to…

Pot-based prescription drug could receive FDA approval

A British pharmaceutic firm is completing clinical trials of a drug derived directly from marijuana and hopes to receive approval to market it from the Food and Drug Administration by the end of 2013. The drug, which contains both THC and cannabidiol, has already been approved in Canada, New Zealand,…