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More New Drugs a Bad Fit With Grapefruit, Study Finds

Posted 26 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 26 – Because of new chemical formulations, prescription drugs that interact badly with grapefruit have more than doubled in number since 2008, yet many doctors seem unaware of this, Canadian researchers report. "The number of drugs on the market with the potential to produce serious adverse and in many cases life-threatening effects when combined with grapefruit has markedly increased over the past few years from 17 to 43 in four years," said lead researcher David Bailey, from the Lawson Health Research Institute in London, Ontario. "There is much greater need for health care professionals to understand grapefruit/drug interactions and to apply this information to the safer use of these drugs in their clinical practice," Bailey said. Even small amounts of grapefruit or grapefruit juice have the potential to cause sudden death, acute kidney failure, respiratory failure, ... Read more

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Newer Psoriasis Drugs May Lower Heart Attack Risk for Patients

Posted 20 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 20 – People with psoriasis who take a new class of drugs known as tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors may be at a lower risk for heart attack than their counterparts who only use topical medications to treat this inflammatory skin condition, a new study shows. And patients taking older systemic medicines and phototherapy may also have a reduced heart attack risk compared to those using topical preparations, the study found. Of 8,845 study participants, about 57 percent were treated with topical therapy only, 19 percent received a TNF inhibitor for at least two months and about 24 percent were treated with other medications or phototherapy. People who were treated with TNF inhibitors had a 50 percent lower risk, and those treated with other psoriasis drugs or phototherapy had a 46 percent lower risk for heart attack, than those who used topical medications alone. The ... Read more

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Organ-Rejection Drug Linked to Higher Cancer Risk After Liver Transplant

Posted 28 Jun 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 28 – Cyclosporine, a drug commonly used to prevent organ rejection following a transplant, has been linked to a significantly increased risk of developing cancer after liver transplant, new Dutch research reveals. The study was done in part to examine what role drugs that suppress the immune system might play in the development of cancer in liver transplant patients, whose long-term survival rates have improved little over the past three decades. Cancer is one of the leading causes of late death, and appears to be directly related to the intensity and cumulative doses of immunosuppressive drugs, according to researchers. The Dutch study compared cyclosporine and tacrolimus – the cornerstone of immunosuppressive drug therapy – in the occurrence of de novo (new) malignancies after transplantation. To do so, researchers analyzed the records of 385 liver transplant patients ... Read more

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