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FDA takes steps to help ensure the reliability of certain diagnostic tests

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took important steps to ensure that certain tests used by health care professionals to help diagnose and treat patients provide accurate, consistent and reliable results. First, the FDA is issuing a final guidance on the development, review and approval or clearance of companion diagnostics, which are...

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Health Highlights: July 31, 2014

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Florida Issues Warning on Warm Water Flesh-Eating Bacteria Florida health officials are cautioning visitors to the state's beaches about the threat of a flesh-eating bacteria lurking in warm seawater this summer. Vibrio vulnificus propagates in...

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Health Tip: Choosing a Safe Summer Camp

-- Summer camp can be a great experience for kids, but parents should make sure their children will be safe. The American Camp Association says parents should know the answers to these questions: What is the camp's safety philosophy? Does the camp director have at least a bachelor's degree, recent in-service training and a minimum of 16 weeks' administrative...

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Aqua Pharmaceuticals Announces FDA Approval of Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate USP) Tablets

West Chester, Pa. — July 28, 2014 West Chester-based Aqua Pharmaceuticals, an Almirall company, today announces the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of the NDA for Acticlate (doxycycline hyclate USP) Tablets, 150 mg and 75 mg, thereby continuing Aqua’s leadership in medical dermatology and oral antibiotics for acne. Acticlate...

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FDA Expands Approved Use of Imbruvica for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today expanded the approved use of Imbruvica (ibrutinib) to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who carry a deletion in chromosome 17 (17p deletion), which is associated with poor responses to standard treatment for CLL. Imbruvica received a breakthrough therapy designation for this use. The...

Posted 2 days ago in Pharma Industry News

FDA Commissioner's Statement on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer

Each year, thousands of Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to prevent skin cancer is important especially during these hot summer months when many of us spend extra time in the sun. Over the last few years, the FDA has taken a number of important steps designed to help consumers better understand...

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Big Jump in Doctor's Office Visits for Young Adults With Diabetes

A new report finds that by 2010, one in every 10 visits Americans made to their doctor's office involved diabetes, with the greatest rise among those aged 25 to 44. Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the number of office visits for patients with diabetes in this age group jumped by 34 percent between 2005 and 2010. Almost...

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Health Tip: If You Get Lost on a Hiking Trail

-- If you're enjoying the great outdoors on a hike, it's important to know what to do if you are lost. The U.S. Forest Service offers these suggestions: Carefully review your surroundings, and try to locate yourself on a map using nearby landmarks. If you get lost, don't panic. Think back to how you arrived at your location. If you're on a trail, stay...

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Cholesterol Drugs May Speed Healing After Surgery

Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study. The study's Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the body's inflammatory response, reducing the amount of time surgical patients' wounds need to heal. And that seemed to be particularly true...

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No TV or Obesity, But Ancient People Still Had Heart Disease

They may not have had fast food, TVs or cigarettes, but people of ancient times commonly developed clogged heart arteries -- and a new research review speculates on some reasons why. Using CT scans of mummified remains from ancient Egypt, Peru, the Aleutian Islands and the American Southwest, researchers have found evidence of widespread atherosclerosis...

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Fox News Features Drugs.com Medication Guide app

Thanks to Fox News for showcasing the Drugs.com Medication Guide app today. Very much appreciated. Available in both the Apple App store and the Google Play store, this is a great app for ultra-quick research and/or keeping track of multiple meds. Check out the video at the link below… http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/07/13/drugscom-app-provides-medical-information-on-go/ And check out the apps here… http://www.drugs.com/apps/

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Heartbleed Update

Drugs.com utilizes the Akamai content delivery network to serve our website to end users. Akamai patched the announced Heartbleed vulnerability prior to its public announcement. Akamai, like all users of OpenSSL, could have exposed passwords or session cookies transiting our network from August 2012 through 4 April 2014. Their custom memory allocator protected against nearly […]

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Consumer Reports Gives the Thumbs Up to the Drugs.com Pill Identifier App

Consumer Reports just put out a review of seven pill identifier apps. Here’s a snippet… “We reviewed seven apps that can help identify the pills you take, and liked two of them a lot: Drugs.com Pill Identifier and Epocrates Pill ID. The others—CVS/Pharmacy Pill Identifier, iPharmacy Pill Identifier, Pill Finder, Prescription Pill Identifier, and ID […]

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