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Teva Announces First Approval and Launch of Generic Lovaza Capsules in the United States

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 8, 2014-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE:TEVA) announces the approval of the generic equivalent to Lovaza® (Omega-3-Acid Ethyl Esters Capsules, USP), in the United States. Teva believes it is first-to-file and thus far is the only Company to receive an approval from FDA. Teva plans to commence shipping immediately. Lovaza® Capsules, marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, had annual sales of approximately $1.1 billion in the United States, according to IMS data as of December 2013. About Teva Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company, committed to increasing access to high-quality healthcare by developing, producing and marketing affordable generic drugs as well as innovative and specialty pharmaceuticals and active pharmaceutical ingredients. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world's leading g ... Read more

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Medical Marijuana Pills May Ease Some MS Symptoms: Review

Posted 24 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 24, 2014 – Medical marijuana pills and sprays might ease the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but most other alternative therapies do little to lessen the pain and muscle rigidity that often accompanies the disease, according to new guidelines. To reach that conclusion, an expert panel from the American Academy of Neurology reviewed more than 40 years of research on alternative medicine treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). In addition to the recommendations about medical marijuana use, the nine experts also found that ginkgo biloba might help with the fatigue of MS and reflexology may ease MS symptoms such as tingling, numbness and other unusual skin sensations. Bee sting therapy and omega-3 fatty acids, however, offer weak evidence supporting their use. "It's a very common practice in the MS patient population to try alternative therapies," said the author of the ... Read more

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Daily Fish Oil Supplement May Not Help Your Heart: Studies

Posted 17 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 17, 2014 – People who take fish oil capsules may not be getting the heart-health benefits they desired, according to a pair of new research reports. Both studies found that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil supplements do not provide any significant protection against heart disease, when compared to other types of dietary fats. "Looking at the 17 randomized clinical trials that we combined, the majority of the trials – especially the more recent and large-scale ones – showed consistently little or no significant effect on reducing coronary heart disease events," said Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, lead author of a comprehensive review of nutrition research related to fats. Of the range of fats studied, only trans fats showed a clear negative effect on heart health, according to the review published in the March 18 Annals of Internal Medicine by Chowdhury, a cardiovascular ... Read more

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Fish Oil Might Guard Against Loss of Brain Cells

Posted 22 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2014 – The more you consume the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils, the less likely you are to lose as many precious brain cells as you age, a new study suggests. More research is needed, however, to understand both why this happens and how much of the nutrient brings about the most benefit, the researchers said. "Our findings support the idea that a higher omega-3 status from fish or supplements is good for brain health," said study author James Pottala, an assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of South Dakota's Sanford School of Medicine. According to the study, which was published online Jan. 22 in the journal Neurology, the researchers tested levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the red blood cells of more than 1,000 older women. Eight years later, the women had MRI scans that measured their brain volumes. At the time of ... Read more

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Diabetes Drugs Affect Hearts of Men, Women Differently

Posted 16 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2013 – Widely used diabetes drugs have different effects on men's and women's hearts, a new study suggests. Researchers examined how three commonly prescribed treatments for type 2 diabetes affected 78 patients who were divided into three groups. One group took metformin alone, the second group took metformin plus rosiglitazone (sold under the brand name Avandia) and the third group took metformin plus Lovaza, a type of fish oil. Metformin reduces blood sugar production by the liver and improves insulin sensitivity. Rosiglitazone also improves insulin sensitivity and moves free fatty acids out of the blood. Lovaza lowers blood levels of another type of fat called triglycerides. The researchers found that the drugs had very different and sometimes opposite effects on the hearts of men and women, even as the drugs controlled blood sugar equally well in both genders. The ... Read more

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Potentially Helpful Omega-3 Fatty Acids Can Cross to Brain: Study

Posted 10 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 – Omega-3 fatty acids – nutrients long thought to be helpful for neurological health – can cross the usually impenetrable blood-brain barrier and make their way into the brain, a new study suggests. The finding could have implications for the use of omega-3s as a treatment for diseases such as Alzheimer's, the Swedish researchers said. As published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, scientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm wanted to learn how far in the nervous system omega-3 fatty acids might travel. "Earlier population studies indicated that omega-3s can protect against Alzheimer's disease, which makes it interesting to study the effects of dietary supplements containing this group of fatty acids in patients who have already developed the disease," study lead author Dr. Yvonne Freund-Levi said in an institute news release. The researchers said ... Read more

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Study Questions Fish Oil Brain Claims

Posted 25 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25 – If you eat a lot of fish or take fish oil supplements hoping to boost your brain health, a new study has disappointing findings for you. The study, published online Sept. 25 in the journal Neurology, found no difference in memory and thinking test scores based on levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood. "We looked at the association of blood biomarkers of [omega-3 fatty acids] and measure of cognitive [thinking] function and found no statistically significant association between baseline levels or over time," said the study's lead author, Eric Ammann, a doctoral candidate in the department of epidemiology at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. However, this study's findings run counter to other research that has suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help protect the aging brain. A study published in the February 2012 issue of Neurology suggested that ... Read more

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Too Much Fish Oil Might Boost Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Says

Posted 10 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 10 – Eating a lot of oily fish or taking potent fish oil supplements may increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, new research suggests. Moreover, marine sources of omega-3 fatty acids may also raise the risk for aggressive prostate cancer, according to the study by scientists at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "These anti-inflammatory omega-3s were associated with a 43 percent increased risk for prostate cancer overall, and a 71 percent increased risk in aggressive prostate cancer," said study lead author Theodore Brasky, a research assistant professor at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus, who was at Hutchinson at the time of the study. Aggressive prostate cancer is often fatal, he added. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon, trout and fresh tuna and in fish oil capsules, are widely reputed to ... Read more

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Fish Oil Pills Might Cut Diabetes Risk, Researchers Say

Posted 22 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 22 – Fish oil supplements could help reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The supplements, also known as omega-3 fatty acids, increase levels of a hormone called adiponectin that's linked to insulin sensitivity, Harvard researchers found. Higher levels of this hormone in the bloodstream have also been linked to a lower risk for heart disease. "While prior animal studies found fish oil increased circulating adiponectin, whether similar effects apply in humans is not established," the study's lead author, Jason Wu, from the Harvard School of Public Health, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. For their study, the researchers conducted a "meta-analysis" of 14 clinical trials. A meta-analysis reviews existing research and attempts to find a consistent pattern. In this case, the studies that were reviewed were all randomized, ... Read more

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Fish Oil Supplements Don't Protect Against Heart Trouble: Study

Posted 8 May 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 8 – Although previous research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids may help those who have already had a heart attack or suffer from heart failure, a new study finds that the supplements do little to prevent cardiac trouble in people who have risk factors for heart disease. Italian researchers reported that omega-3 fatty acid supplements did not reduce death from heart disease or heart attacks or strokes in this vulnerable group. "Contrary to the expectations, adding supplemental omega-3 fatty acids does not have any specific advantage in a population that is considered at high risk of cardiovascular disease," said lead researcher Dr. Gianni Tognoni, from the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche in Milan. Tognoni said omega-3 fatty acids do seem to help prevent abnormal heart rhythms following a heart attack or heart failure. There appears, however, to be no value in ... Read more

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Omega-3s No Help Against Age-Linked Eye Trouble: Study

Posted 6 May 2013 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, May 5 – Adding omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients to standard antioxidant vitamins doesn't give older people any added protection against a leading cause of blindness, a new study finds. The study looked at age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which afflicts millions of older people in the United States, according to background information outlined by the researchers. The condition is "the leading cause of blindness in the developed world, [and] accounts for more than 50 percent of all blindness in United States," the study authors said. "Without more effective ways of slowing progression, the number of persons with advanced AMD is expected to double over the next 20 years, resulting in increasing socioeconomic burden," wrote Dr. Emily Chew, of the U.S. National Eye Institute, and colleagues. Prior research has shown that a blend of the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and ... Read more

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Eat Fish, Live Longer?

Posted 1 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 1 – Regularly eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids might lengthen your life, new research suggests. A study of more than 2,600 older adults found those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids – found in salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout and albacore tuna – lived more than two years longer on average than those with lower blood levels. "This is not a study of fish oil supplements, it's a study of blood omega-3 levels related to diet," said researcher Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The study, published April 1 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, doesn't prove that eating fish will increase longevity, but it does suggest a connection. "Blood levels of omega-3s are related to lower risk of death, especially cardiovascular death," Mozaffarian said. Mozaffarian found ... Read more

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Omega-3s in Formula Can Help Baby's Eyesight: Review

Posted 21 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 21 – A new review of studies finds that supplementing infant formula with omega-3 fatty acids in an effort to strengthen babies' eyesight does appear to benefit early vision development. However, experts note that breast-fed babies already take in omega-3s naturally from their mothers' milk. Dr. Michael Bloch, an assistant professor at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, Conn., and colleagues analyzed 19 randomized, controlled trials on nearly 2,000 infants aged 1 year and under. A randomized, controlled study is one in which people are randomly assigned to different groups: one group receives the treatment and the other does not receive the treatment (the "control" group). "As best we can measure, [the supplementation] seems to help visual development," Bloch concluded. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, is published online Dec. 17 and in ... Read more

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Fish Oil Supplements Won't Prevent Irregular Heart Beat: Study

Posted 20 Dec 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 – Some research has suggested that the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil can help prevent an irregular heart beat called atrial fibrillation. However, a new study finds these supplements have little effect on the condition once it develops. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart problem usually kept under control with medications and sometimes with surgical procedures. The primary danger from the condition is the risk of a stroke from a clot caused by the irregular heart beat, the researchers explained. "There is no role of omega-3 fatty acids for the prevention of atrial fibrillation in patients with previous atrial fibrillation," said lead researcher Dr. Alejandro Macchia, from the GESICA Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina. "However, these results did not rule out the possibility that these agents may have a role in the primary prevention of atrial fibrillation." ... Read more

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Supplement Use Widespread Among Americans

Posted 20 Nov 2012 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 20 – A new survey estimates that one in seven people in the United States regularly takes supplements that aren't vitamins or minerals – such as fish oil, echinacea or ginseng – but only 30 percent of them have had a doctor or nurse recommend supplements. About one-third of supplement users have not alerted their doctor, even though they may take the drug for a potentially serious health issue, such as high blood pressure, arthritis or depression, the survey found. "These are things that clinicians often treat with more complex treatments," said Robert Blendon, a professor of health policy at Harvard School of Public Health and co-author of a letter in the Nov. 19 issue of the journal Archives of Internal Medicine. "They need to be aware that people are using this as one form of treatment." Although supplement use is widespread, not much is known about why people take ... Read more

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