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2022 Year In Review: Health And Medicine

From mental wellness to a multitude of illnesses, the past year in health and medicine has been a roller-coaster ride.

 | Lindsey Theis

packages of the medicine Tamiflu by Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche are seen in Stuttgart, southern Germany.

Explaining The Current Medication Shortages

Millions of Americans are struggling to get their hands on much-needed medication.

 | Emily Grossberg and Lindsey Theis

People smoking fentanyl in an alley.

Researchers Develop A Fentanyl Vaccine That May Block High

University of Houston researchers say they've created a vaccine that appears to block synthetic fentanyl from entering the brain.

 | Scripps News Staff and AP

A sign in front of the Food and Drug Administration building.

Speedier Drug Approvals Hit Slowdown As FDA Faces Scrutiny

The FDA's drug center has granted 10 accelerated approvals — fewer than the tally in each of the last five years.

 | AP

Storefront of a Walmart.

Walmart Offers $3.1 Billion To Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Walmart's offer would have to be approved by 43 U.S. states by Dec. 15, and local governments could sign on by March 31, 2023.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Sign at a CVS Pharmacy.

CVS, Walgreens Announce $10B Opioid Settlement

The tentative settlement will not be final until enough states and localities sign off on it.

 | AP

A pill is shown.

Adderall Shortage Persists Across U.S. As Number Of Users Increases

A nationwide Adderall shortage is leaving patients with ADHD without medication or forcing them to switch to an alternative.

 | Meg Hilling

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States Begin Receiving Money From $26B Opioid Settlement

Families hope the money can help combat an epidemic some say is just getting worse, as fentanyl claims lives and targets younger generations.

 | Adi Guajardo

A doctor shows a Naltraxone implant.

Researchers Developing Implant To Fight Alcohol, Opioid Addiction

Naltrexone is already FDA approved, but not as an implant. Options are being studied and if all goes well, one could be greenlighted in 2024.

 | Lindsey Theis

Methotrexate pills

Abortion Bans Have Unintended Medication Consequences

Laws to ban abortions have had unintended consequences for patients with autoimmune diseases.

 | Lindsey Theis

A combination of file photos show the signs of CVS, Walmart and Walgreens.

Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Ordered To Pay $650M To Rectify Opioid Abuse

This trial was part of a broader constellation of about 3,000 federal opioid lawsuits.

 | Bianca Facchinei and AP

A one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed.

The Approval Process For Over-The-Counter Birth Control Pills

Two drugmakers are working toward FDA approval for their over-the-counter birth control pills, but there are multiple steps in the process.

 | Lindsey Theis

Birth control pills

Drugmaker Seeks FDA Approval For Over-The-Counter Birth Control

Paris-based HRA Pharma is seeking FDA approval for the first birth control pill available to women in the U.S. without a prescription.

 | AP

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem

SD Gov.: Bar Abortion Pills, But Don't Punish Women For Them

At issue is so-called telemedicine abortion pills, which have been on the rise in the country since 2000 when the FDA approved mifepristone.

 | AP

Birth control pills

Finding More Options For Male Birth Control

There are no approved male birth control pills on the market.

 | Scripps News Staff and Lindsey Theis

mRNA vaccines

How mRNA Is Revolutionizing Health Care

mRNA-based medicine has been a decade in the making.

 | Scripps News Staff

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Pfizer Recalls 3 Blood Pressure Drugs Due To Cancer Risk

The drugmaker is recalling Accuretic and two other authorized generic versions.

 | Scripps News Staff

People look at bottles of a COVID-19 vaccine.

MRNA Vaccine Research Brings Hope In Fight Against Cancer

Current trials are underway to use mRNA in fighting multiple different cancers.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

The European Medicines Agency

EU Regulator Recommends Authorization Of Pfizer COVID Antiviral Pill

The European Medicines Agency has recommended Paxlovid for high-risk adult patients who don't require supplemental oxygen.

 | AP

A health care worker prepares a dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Moderna Developing Combined Influenza, COVID-19 Vaccine

The company aims to have a single annual booster shot that's available in some countries by fall 2023.

 | AP

Vials of frozen donor sperm samples

A Growing IVF Industry Needs More Oversight

A recent mixup became nightmare for one couple when their fertilized embryo was swapped and inserted into the uterus of another patient.

 | Amber Strong

A photo shows a 2020 electron  microscope of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles that cause COVID-19.

Cheap Antidepressant Shows Promise Treating Early COVID-19

Researchers found an affordable antidepressant can treat COVID-19 in the early stages.

 | AP

An arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen.

Drug Overdoses Have Increased Amid The Pandemic

The CDC reported 93,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2020 – the highest yearly total on record – and a majority of those deaths involved opioids.

 | Stephanie Liebergen

A woman holds a sign with a picture of her son and wears a sign of others' loved ones lost to OxyContin and other opioids.

Deal With OxyContin Maker Leaves Families Angry, Conflicted

A judge conditionally approved a settlement worth an estimated $10 billion.

 | AP

Pill bottles at a protest against Oxycontin, Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family.

Judge Conditionally Approves Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement

Under the potentially $10 billion settlement, the Sackler family must give up company ownership and contribute $4.5 billion.

 | AP

Man puts pills in hand.

KNXV: This Implant Helps Fight Drug Withdrawal Symptoms

The chip is injected into the abdomen and slowly releases Naltrexone into a person's system.

 | Scripps

Oxycodone pills

U.S. Opioid Lawsuits On Verge Of Settlements With 4 Companies

Lawyers for local governments said that full details could be shared within days.

 | AP

Vial and packaging for the Alzheimer's treatment drug Aduhelm.

FDA Narrows Guidance On New Alzheimer's Drug Amid Criticism

The FDA now says only people with mild memory or thinking problems should take the drug Aduhelm.

 | Eliana Moreno and AP

Woman smiles at her door

National Program Helps Seniors Live Independently At Home

The program pairs nurses and occupational therapists with seniors so they don't have to move into nursing homes.

 | Scripps

A researcher works on the development of the medication aducanumab in 2019.

FDA Approves Highly Debated Alzheimer’s Drug

The new medicine is made from living cells that will have to be given via infusion at a doctor's office or hospital.

 | AP