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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...

Posted today in Medical

Skin Infections Common in High School Wrestlers, Study Finds

Wrestlers are much more likely to suffer skin infections than other U.S. high school athletes, new research shows. The study authors examined five years of data on skin infections among athletes in 22 high school sports. Nearly 74 percent of skin infections occurred among wrestlers, and just under 18 percent among football players, the investigators...

Posted today in Medical

Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study

Middle-aged and even older people seem to gain a survival boost from gastric bypass surgery -- good news for obese older folks who may wonder if the weight-loss surgery is worth the risk, a new study suggests. However, the news is not the same for those under 35. The study found no survival benefit for this group, and saw an increase in the number...

Posted yesterday 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...

Posted today in Medical

Prenatal Acetaminophen Use Tied to Higher Asthma Risk in Kids: Study

Pregnant women who take the painkiller acetaminophen -- best known under the brand name Tylenol -- may be more likely to have a child with asthma, new research suggests. Although the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect, researchers found that prenatal exposure to the over-the-counter medicine was associated with an increased risk for asthma...

Posted today in Medical

Rise in Marijuana Use Among U.S. Adults Less Than Reported: Study

The rise in marijuana use among American adults is not as large as previously suggested, a new study says. About 12.5 percent of adults said they used marijuana at least once in 2013, researchers found, but adults' use of the drug did not double from 2002 to 2013, as another study reported last fall. That earlier study also said marijuana-related...

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U.S. Dementia Rates Seem to Be Falling, Study Finds

U.S. seniors may be developing dementia less often and at later stages of life, a decades-long study suggests. More than 5,000 people followed for almost 40 years starting in the mid-1970s experienced an average 20 percent reduction in their risk of developing dementia, the researchers said. At the same time, the average age at which the participants...

Posted today in Medical

Patient-to-Doctor Spread of Bird Flu Reported in China

Deadly H7N9 bird flu can, in certain situations, be transmitted person-to-person in hospitals, according to a new report from China. Since bird flu first appeared in eastern China in 2013, nearly 700 people have been infected, the study authors said. Almost 300 people have died as of Jan. 10, 2016. Most of the infections and deaths have occurred in...

Posted today in Medical

CDC Reports Link Between Zika Virus and Microcephaly

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...

Posted today in Medical

TB Cases Falling for Foreign-Born People in U.S.

Tuberculosis cases among foreign-born people in the United States fell by one-fifth in recent years, and the reasons for the decline depend on people's country of origin, a new study suggests. Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection affecting the lungs and sometimes other organs. Overall, TB cases in the United States decreased over the past two...

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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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