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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

Human Brains Aren't Distinctly Male or Female, Study Says

There's no such thing as a distinctly male or female brain, new research suggests. An analysis of more than 1,400 MRI scans suggests that biologically unmistakable sex differences don't extend to the brain. Instead, the brain is home to a mix of masculine and feminine characteristics, the researchers found. "This is the first study to look at the...

Posted today in Medical

Brain Gains for Older Adults Who Start Exercising

Beginning an exercise program may help protect older adults' brains or even reverse early mental decline, a small study suggests. Researchers placed 34 inactive people, aged 61 to 88, on an exercise regimen. It included moderate-intensity walking on a treadmill four times a week for 12 weeks. On average, heart/lung health improved about 8 percent...

Posted today in Medical

Sugar-Free Sodas, Candy Can Still Damage Your Teeth

Even sugar-free sodas, sports drinks and candy can damage your teeth, a new study warns. Australian researchers tested 23 sugar-free and sugar-containing products, including soft drinks and sports drinks, and found that some with acidic additives and low pH levels (a measure of acidity) harm teeth, even if they are sugar-free. "Many people are not...

Posted today in Medical

Genes May Help Shield Seniors From Mental Decline: Study

Humans have evolved to have gene variants that protect older adults from mental decline, new research suggests. "We unexpectedly discovered that humans have evolved gene variants that can help protect the elderly from dementia," study co-leader Dr. Ajit Varki, a professor of medicine and cellular and molecular medicine at the University of California,...

Posted today in Medical

Crave Coffee Too Much? Talk Therapy May Help

A short round of "talk-therapy" seems to help over-consumers of caffeine dramatically cut back their intake, a small new study suggests. Caffeine-use disorder, though not yet an official mental health diagnosis, is defined by caffeine dependency and an inability to consume less caffeine despite a desire to do so, the researchers explained. The new study...

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

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 or...

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...

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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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