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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Empliciti (elotuzumab) for Multiple Myeloma

Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted approval for Empliciti (elotuzumab) in combination with two other therapies to treat people with multiple myeloma who have received one to three prior medications. Multiple myeloma is a form of blood cancer that occurs in infection-fighting plasma cells (a type of white blood cell) found in the...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Watch What You Eat

-- If you want to shed a few pounds or maintain an ideal weight, logging what you eat and drink is a great way to make sure you're not overdoing it. The American Council on Exercise suggests: Be sure to log all meals, drinks and snacks. Include specifics, including how the food was cooked, any sauces or dressings, and an accurate count of how much...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Use Antibiotics Wisely

-- An antibiotic can be a lifesaver if you or someone you love has a bacterial infection. But an antibiotic isn't always appropriate or necessary, warns the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Here are potential risks: Causing inadvertent destruction of "good" bacteria, which may cause additional problems, such as a yeast infection...

Posted today in Medical

Possible New Weight-Loss Tool: Blocking Stomach Artery

A technique already used in the emergency room may have new potential as a minimally invasive treatment for morbid obesity, preliminary findings suggest. The procedure, called gastric artery embolization, is usually employed as a nonsurgical way of stemming blood loss by blocking (embolizing) a principle blood pathway. Doctors inject microscopic beads...

Posted today in Medical

Higher Cigarette Taxes Tied to Fewer Infant Deaths

A new study suggests that higher tobacco prices in the United States could save hundreds of infant lives every year by discouraging more women from smoking during and after pregnancy. Specifically, researchers said that each $1 per pack increase in the overall tobacco tax rate over the years 1999-2010 may have contributed to two fewer infant deaths...

Posted today in Medical

Health Highlights: Dec. 1, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Ethics of Human Gene Editing Focus of International Conference Human gene editing is a rapidly-advancing field of medical technology that holds great promise for new genetic treatments, but there are worries about safety and ethics. Those concerns...

Posted today in Pharma Industry News

Monthly News Roundup - November 2015

Lilly’s Portrazza FDA-Approved for Advanced Lung Cancer Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both U.S. men and women. The FDA has approved Eli Lilly’s Portrazza (necitumumab), an epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) antagonist, in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin for treatment of advanced squamous non-small cell...

Posted today in Medical

1 in 8 American Adults Still Have High Cholesterol: CDC

About one in every eight American adults continue to have high levels of total cholesterol, while even more have low levels of "good" cholesterol, health officials reported Tuesday. Although the percentage of adults with high total cholesterol and low HDL ("good") cholesterol declined between 2007 and 2014, roughly 12 percent of Americans still had...

Posted today in Medical

New Diabetes Cases Among Americans Drop for First Time in Decades: CDC

In a sign that Americans may finally be turning the corner in the fight against diabetes -- and possibly obesity -- federal health statistics released Tuesday show that the number of new cases of diabetes has dropped for the first time in decades. The decline wasn't sudden or dramatic. But, the number of new diabetes cases went from 1.7 million in...

Posted today in Medical

HIV Prevention Pill May Not Need to Be Taken Daily

New research suggests that men at risk for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, can benefit from a preventive medication taken before and after sex instead of every day. The findings offer more support for so-called pre-exposure prophylaxis, better known as PrEP, which has become popular in the gay male community. "Our study provides an alternative choice...

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The Search for an Affordable Drug: 3 Practices To Outlaw

It may come as a surprise that as a pharmacist I am as mad as anyone about the ongoing trend of prescription drug price gouging. The real tragedy is that this gouging is often occurring with older prescription drugs for rare diseases that have limited manufacturer availability. It’s not that they can’t be made inexpensively; […]

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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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