Health Buzz: GlaxoSmithKline Settles Charges Over Defective Drugs

Surviving ADHD at work and school; how women can rev up their sex drive.

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Glaxo Pays $750 Million to Settle Defective Drug Suit

The allegations are sobering: British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline knowingly sold 20 tainted or ineffective drugs, including the antidepressant Paxil and the antibiotic ointment Bactroban. Some drugs were contaminated with bacteria or had a cracked coating that rendered them ineffective. Some did not meet federal standards because they were too strong or too weak, and others were mixed with different medicines—and then sold in the same bottle. On Tuesday, GSK agreed to pay $150 million in criminal fines and $600 million in civil penalties to settle a federal government investigation. Whistleblower Cheryl Eckard, a former GSK quality manager who exposed the contamination in 2004, will receive about $96 million. The affected drugs were produced between 2001 and 2005 at a Puerto Rico plant that closed last year. "A settlement of this size will help build confidence in the public that health care fraud will be prosecuted,'' U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz told The Boston Globe.

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  • Surviving ADHD at Work and School

    School means seven classes with seven different teachers. Work means all day, five days a week, in a pressure-filled, deadline-oriented office. In either setting, there are assignments to juggle, time to manage, and priorities to organize. For someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, success in school or the workplace is a moving and elusive target, U.S. News reports.

    "People with ADHD can't make it out the door on time. They have trouble finishing projects, problems with paperwork, and usually, a disaster of an office," says psychotherapist Terry Matlen, author of Survival Tips for Women with ADHD. "When you take the symptoms of ADHD and put them into a work or school setting, there's more than likely going to be a struggle."

    About 4 percent of adults and children are believed to have ADHD. They are forgetful and hyperactive, have trouble staying focused and paying attention, and understand or follow instructions with difficulty—all symptoms that can wreak havoc on educational and professional success. Up to a third of students with ADHD drop out of high school, and they're also less likely to attend and graduate from college.

    It's no better in the workplace: Adults with ADHD lose an average of three weeks a year of productivity, according to the World Health Organization. They earn less than their coworkers, take more sick days, have more on-the-job accidents, and are more likely to be fired. They also don't get the support that students do. To succeed, they must take the lead by developing coping strategies themselves. [Read more: Surviving ADHD at Work and School.]

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    • Women: Rev Up Your Sex Drive

      Has "not tonight, honey" turned into "not this week" or even "not this month"? It's a common refrain, AOL Health reports. The sex drive of both women and men tend to wane at various times, says Dr. Karen Stewart, a psychologist based in Santa Monica who specializes in sexual dysfunction and couples' issues. For women, the cause is often internal, such as not feeling desired or feeling unattractive; for men, it is often external forces such as overwork. But Stewart has suggestions that can get you back to your old self. Read on:

      Exercise. Being active makes us feel good physically and psychologically, both of which are necessary for a healthy sex drive. If your aversion to sex has to do with your feeling unattractive or out of shape, exercise will help you work toward your physical goals so you are more comfortable with your body.

      Relax. "Stress and anxiety are some of the leading causes of reduced sexual desire," says Stewart. Making time in your schedule for calming activities like doing yoga, meditating, reading or taking a walk can help ease tension, in turn reviving your interest in sex. There's a physiological bonus, too: When you're relaxed, blood can flow to skin and genitals, which helps with arousal. [Read more: Women: Rev Up Your Sex Drive.]