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Posted today in FDA Alerts

Feraheme (ferumoxytol): Drug Safety Communication – Warnings Strengthened and Prescribing Instructions Changed

[Posted 03/31/2015] ISSUE: FDA is strengthening an existing warning that serious, potentially fatal allergic reactions can occur with the anemia drug Feraheme (ferumoxytol). FDA changed the prescribing instructions and approved a Boxed Warning, FDA’s strongest type of warning, regarding these serious risks. Also added is a new Contraindication,...

Posted today in Medical

Health Highlights: March 31, 2015

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Pharmacists Shouldn't Provide Drugs For Executions: Association A leading U.S. pharmacists group says its members should not provide drugs for use in lethal injections because doing so is contrary to pharmacists' role as health care providers. The...

Posted today in Medical

Letting Kids Sip Alcohol May 'Send Wrong Message'

Children who are allowed occasional sips of alcohol are more likely to start drinking by the time they're in high school, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 561 middle school students in Rhode Island for about three years. At the start of sixth grade (about age 11), nearly 30 percent of the students said they'd had at least one sip of alcohol. In...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves New Crushing Option for the Administration of Brilinta

AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new administration option for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients who are unable to swallow Brilinta 90 mg tablets whole. Unlike other P2Y12 inhibitors, Brilinta has FDA approval to be crushed and administered in water by swallowing or via nasogastric...

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Jadenu (deferasirox) Tablets for Chronic Iron Overload

EAST HANOVER, N.J., March 30, 2015 Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Jadenu (deferasirox) tablets, a new oral formulation of Exjade (deferasirox) tablets for oral suspension, for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients 2 years of age and older, and chronic iron...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Plan for Healthy Meals on a Budget

-- It is possible to eat well on a budget, but it does require some planning. The Choosemyplate.gov website suggests: Create a budget and stick to it. Plan meals and snacks for the week according to that budget. Search online for recipes that are inexpensive, easy and quick. Plan meals that stretch specific foods that can be expensive, such as...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Shopping for Teens' Shoes

-- While you're shoe shopping with a teen, make sure you both understand the shoes fit and function before making a purchase. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these tips: Shop for shoes that fit the activity your teen will be doing, be it basketball or ballet. Have feet measured at the store to make sure you get the right fit....

Posted today in Medical

New Research Tightens Childhood Paralysis-Enterovirus D68 Link

New research strengthens the suspected connection between a virus called enterovirus D68 and the sudden development of paralysis in children in California and Colorado between 2012 and 2014. The researchers found the genetic signature of a specific type of enterovirus D68, called B1, in half of youngsters who developed acute flaccid myelitis. This...

Posted today in Medical

Face Scans Show How Fast a Person Is Aging

Every face tells a story, and that story apparently includes hints of how quickly a person is aging, a new study contends. Facial features have proven even more reliable than blood tests in spotting those for whom time is taking a heavier toll, a Chinese research team reports in the March 31 issue of the journal Cell Research. A computerized 3-D facial...

Posted today in Medical

Ob-Gyns: Use Ultrasound to Assess Pelvic Symptoms

Ultrasound should be the first type of imaging used to assess pelvic symptoms in women, a group of U.S. experts says. Ultrasound is safer and more cost-effective than other types of imaging for these types of cases, the team of obstetricians and gynecologists wrote in an article published March 31 in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. They...

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Harnessing the Power of the Poliovirus as a Cancer Cure

Polio, a highly infectious and crippling disease, was certainly one of the most feared viruses in the 20th century. Each year, thousands of children were left paralyzed. Polio has been successfully eliminated in the U.S. for decades due to a widespread vaccine program. So why would a group of researchers be interested in injecting the […]

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Biosimilars in 2015: What Can We Expect?

On Friday, March 6th, 2015 the FDA approved Sandoz’s Zarxio, the first official biosimilar that will be made available in the U.S. Zarxio, a recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to boost white blood cells after cancer treatments, is the long-awaited biosimilar for filgrastim (Amgen’s Neupogen). The FDA noted in their briefs that Zarxio was “highly […]

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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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