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Posted today in FDA Alerts

Syrspend SF and Syrspend SF Grape Suspending Agents by Fagron: FDA Alert - Microbial Contamination with Yeast

[Posted 02/10/2016] ISSUE:  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting compounding pharmacies of the voluntary recall of certain lots of SyrSpend SF and SyrSpend SF Grape suspending agents used in compounding of various oral liquid drug products, due to the presence of yeast (Candida galli). The SyrSpend SF lots are: 15I21-U01-026920 15J26-U05-027457 15J26-U05-027473 15I21-U01-027370 15J19-U05-027406 The...

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Health Tip: Eat Wisely During Cancer Treatment

-- People being treated for cancer often have a weakened immune system, making them more vulnerable to infection. This makes food safety particularly critical. The foodsafety.gov website suggests: When you prepare food, frequently wash your hands and keep kitchen surfaces clean. Keep raw meat and poultry separate from ready-to-eat foods. Make sure...

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Health Tip: Plan Family Meals and Exercise

-- To help keep your family healthier physically and emotionally, plan to do things together. Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians: Set a good example by making healthier food choices and exercising regularly. Make a commitment as a family to getting and staying healthy. Cook more often at home. The food probably will...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Applications

FDA’s Arthritis Advisory Committee Recommends Approval of Celltrion’s CT-P13, a Proposed Biosimilar Infliximab

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Celltrion, a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Arthritis Advisory Committee recommended approval of all indications for CT-P13, a proposed biosimilar to Janssen Biotech Inc.'s Remicade (infliximab), by a vote of 21-3. CT-P13 is the first biosimilar monoclonal antibody...

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Health Highlights: Feb. 11, 2016

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: All-Male Committee Upholds Utah Sales Tax on Feminine Hygiene Products A all-male committee of lawmakers decided to maintain Utah's sales tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products. On Wednesday evening, the committee voted 8-3 against a bill...

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Gains in Kid's Health Coverage Continue, But Many Still Uninsured

Despite a significant increase in the number of American children with health insurance, many still lack coverage, a new study reveals. From 2013 to 2014, the number of uninsured children fell from 5.9 million to 4.9 million. In 2013, 7.5 percent of youngsters were uninsured, compared to 6.3 percent in 2014 -- a 16 percent decrease. While the findings...

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More Young Breast Cancer Patients Getting Gene Test

A growing number of young women with breast cancer are being tested for the BRCA gene mutations that substantially raise the risks of breast and ovarian tumors, a new study shows. Researchers found that of nearly 900 women who developed breast cancer at age 40 or younger, most had undergone BRCA testing within a year of their diagnosis. And the percentage...

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Study Links Child Abuse, Neglect to Earlier Onset of Bipolar Disorder

People with bipolar disorder who have a history of being abused or neglected as children may have more severe symptoms and a higher risk of suicide, new research suggests. "Our findings have important implications for clinical practice, as they suggest that a history of childhood maltreatment could be used as an early indicator of high risk for poor...

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CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly in Brazil

Traces of the Zika virus have been identified in the tissue of two babies who died in Brazil from a birth defect marked by underdeveloped heads and brains, U.S. health officials said Wednesday. The discovery doesn't prove the Zika virus is the cause of thousands of cases of microcephaly in Brazilian babies since the spring. But, it's the firmest connection...

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Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses Still Poorly Understood: Report

Scientists and doctors still lack good insight into Gulf War illness and other health problems plaguing U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War, a new report says. More than $500 million in U.S. government-funded research on Gulf War veterans was conducted between 1994 and 2014, producing many results. But there has been little overall progress...

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Can the U.S. Win the War On Opioids?

Remember the “War on Drugs”? This may conjure images of Mexican drug lords, packages of smuggled cocaine, or clandestine DEA agents. But now we all know that the real bandit is found right in our own home — in our bathroom medicine cabinets. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 44 people in the […]

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FDA Flashback: The Top Five New Drug Approvals From 2015

This past year close to 100 new drugs were FDA-approved, so it’s encouraging to look back and see the progress that’s been made as 2015 ends. In fact, more than 40 novel drugs, including a new drug class for patients with high cholesterol, a first-time biosimilar, a life-saving heart failure drug, and a controversial agent to […]

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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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