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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Xtoro (finafloxacin) Otic Suspension to Treat Swimmer’s Ear

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Xtoro (finafloxacin otic suspension), a new drug used to treat acute otitis externa, commonly known as swimmer’s ear. Acute otitis externa is an infection in the outer ear and ear canal, usually caused by bacteria in the ear canal. Activities in which the ear is underwater can create a moist environment...

Posted today in Medical

Federal Health Marketplace Enrolls Another 2.5 Million Americans

Enrollment through the federal health marketplace surged last week as the deadline for signing up for a health plan with a Jan. 1 effective date came to a close. Between Nov. 15 and Dec. 12, almost 2.5 million individuals selected a health plan through HealthCare.gov, U.S. health officials said Tuesday. HealthCare.gov is the gateway to enroll in an...

Posted today in Medical

Neurologists Say Jury Still Out on Medical Marijuana's Use for Brain Disorders

It's too soon to tell whether medical marijuana can help treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) said in a new position statement released Wednesday. Marijuana may be useful in treating some illnesses of the brain and nervous system, but "there is not sufficient...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

Novartis Gains FDA Approval for Signifor LAR to Treat Patients with Acromegaly

EAST HANOVER, N.J., Dec. 16, 2014 Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Signifor long-acting release (LAR)* (pasireotide) for injectable suspension, for intramuscular use, for the treatment of patients with acromegaly who have had an inadequate response to surgery and/or for whom surgery is not an option....

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Somatuline Depot (lanreotide) for Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has approved lanreotide (Somatuline Depot Injection, Ipsen Pharma) for the treatment of patients with unresectable, well or moderately differentiated, locally advanced or metastatic gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (GEP-NETs) to improve progression-free survival. Lanreotide was previously approved for...

Posted 2 days ago in Clinical Trials

Zafgen Announces Initiation of Phase 2b Trial of Beloranib in Severe Obesity

Zafgen, Inc. (Nasdaq:ZFGN), a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to significantly improving the health and well-being of patients affected by obesity and complex metabolic disorders, today announced that the Company has initiated a Phase 2b clinical trial with its lead product candidate, beloranib, in the treatment of patients with both severe obesity...

Posted today in Medical

Flying Time Could Raise Skin Cancer Risks for Pilots

Airline pilots get as much exposure to cancer-causing UV rays in an hourlong flight as they would during 20 minutes in a tanning bed, new research finds. The study, led by Dr. Martina Sanlorenzo, from the University of California, San Francisco, found that airplane windshields do not completely block harmful ultraviolet-A (UV-A) rays from the sun. This...

Posted today in Medical

Migraine May Raise Risk for Bell's Palsy, Study Suggests

People who experience migraine headaches may be at heightened risk for the form of facial paralysis known as Bell's palsy, a new study finds. According to background information in the study, between 11 and 40 people per 100,000 develop Bell's palsy each year. Most of them recover completely. Reporting in the Dec. 17 online edition of Neurology, Taiwanese...

Posted today in Medical

Seniors Still Given Potentially Dangerous Sedatives: Study

Doctors continue to prescribe sedatives such as Xanax or Valium for seniors despite the significant risks they pose, a new study contends. The drugs in question are a class of medications called benzodiazepines. This class includes drugs such as Xanax, Valium and Ativan. As people get older, these drugs are known to put seniors at risk for confusion...

Posted today in Medical

New System Targets Germs in Donated Blood Plasma

A new system designed to eliminate germs in donated blood plasma and reduce the risk of transmitting a plasma-borne infection has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Intercept Blood System for plasma targets germs including AIDS-causing HIV, hepatitis B and C, and the West Nile virus, the FDA said in a news release. The system...

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Drugs.com Adds Mayo Clinic Disease Reference

Drugs.com is pleased to announce it has licensed select content from Mayo Clinic to provide more timely and trustworthy medical condition and disease information. The articles include detailed information about medical diseases such as allergies, back pain, depression, erectile dysfunction, and type 2 diabetes. Each article includes informative sections which may include an overview, symptoms, when […]

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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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