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Posted today in Pharma Industry News

Monthly News Roundup - August 2015

FDA Approves Sprout’s Addyi For Low Libido in Women Addyi (flibanserin) by Sprout Pharmaceuticals has been FDA-approved the treatment of acquired, generalized hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) in premenopausal women. Addyi is the first approved medication for HSDD, and works in the brain as a multifunctional serotonin agonist antagonist (MSAA)....

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Health Tip: When Kids Walk to School

-- Walking to school is a great way to start the day with some exercise, but parents should make sure kids stay safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Ensuring that your child's route to school is safe, and that there is a trained adult crossing guard at each intersection. Finding other neighborhood children who can walk to school with...

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Two Measures of Heart Health May Hint at Seniors' Independence

Seniors with a higher resting heart rate and lower heart rate variability are less able to care for themselves, a new study finds. Researchers examined data on more than 5,800 people, aged 70 to 82, who had risk factors for heart disease. The investigators compared resting heart rate and heart rate variability -- the beat-to-beat variation in heart...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves New Indication for Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) as Monotherapy for Partial-Onset Seizures

Marlborough, Mass., August 28, 2015 – Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Sunovion) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) as monotherapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures. This new approved indication allows Aptiom to be used...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

DPP-4 Inhibitors for Type 2 Diabetes: Drug Safety Communication - May Cause Severe Joint Pain

ISSUE: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling. FDA has added a new Warning and Precaution about this risk to the labels of all medicines in this drug class, called dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4)...

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Health Highlights: Aug 31, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Neurologist and Author Dr. Oliver Sacks Dead at 82 Renowned neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks died Sunday at age 82. He died at his home in New York City, according to his assistant Kate Edgar, the Associated Press reported. In February,...

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Proposed NYC Law May Trim 54 Calories From Kids' Fast Food Meals

A New York City bill to improve the nutrition of children's fast food meals could reduce the average calories and improve the nutrition of these meals, a new study claims. The bill proposed by New York City Council member Benjamin Kallos would require fast food meals marketed to children using toys or other promotional items to include a serving of...

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Health Tip: GERD Shouldn't Interrupt Sleep

-- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a nuisance at night while you're trying to sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends: Staying upright after eating a large meal. Opting for smaller meals. Restricting GERD-triggering foods, such as onions, chocolate, alcohol and high-fat fare. Avoiding potassium supplements. Swallowing medications...

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Some Sobering Stats on Kids and Drinking

Alcohol poses a far greater threat to children than many parents care to admit, a new report warns. Many kids start drinking at a young age, and their size and inexperience with alcohol renders them more apt to be binge drinkers, said report author Dr. Lorena Siqueira, director of adolescent medicine at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami. Such...

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Doctors Rarely Discuss Religion With Critically Ill, Study Says

Whatever your religious beliefs, they're unlikely to get addressed in the intensive care unit, a new study finds. Religion or spirituality is important to many people nearing the end of life, but intensive care clinicians rarely talk to patients or their families about those beliefs, the study authors said. "We found that religious or spiritual considerations...

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Have you had a medication that you could not afford lately?

If you answered yes, you probably are not alone. The cost of certain prescriptions, like those for hepatitis C, cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, have skyrocketed. Many of these special drugs cannot be accessed from a regular retail pharmacy. The patient must acquire the treatment from a “specialty pharmacy”, that may not even be in their […]

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Drug Shortages: Has the FDA Response Made an Impact?

Rationing of much needed medications for patients is a scary thought for me as a healthcare professional. I can understand when an orphan drug may go in short supply for a rare disease, but when commonly used medications like antibiotics and intravenous fluids become scarce, I wonder what the forces are that cause this to […]

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