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By Linda A. Johnson The Associated Press

US wants drug prices in TV ads: ‘Patients deserve to know’

TRENTON, N.J. — The federal government said Monday that it wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials.

The drug industry’s main trade group said drug companies are only willing to disclose the prices on their websites, not in commercials, and they’ll start doing that next spring.

Tests for lead poisoning may be faulty, US regulators warn

U.S. health agencies on Wednesday warned that certain blood tests for lead poisoning may give results lower than the actual level of lead.

As a result, some children under 6, along with pregnant and nursing women, may need retesting, the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

FDA issues warning about risky vein opening procedure

TRENTON, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday again warned patients and doctors to avoid a risky, experimental procedure promoted as a treatment for several nervous system disorders, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

The procedure involves inflating a tiny balloon in narrowed veins, usually in the neck, to widen them and improve blood flow.