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Flamel Technologies Receives FDA Approval of Akovaz (ephedrine sulfate) for Surgical Hypotension

Posted 1 day ago by Drugs.com

LYON, FRANCE--(Marketwired - May 2, 2016) - Flamel Technologies (NASDAQ: FLML) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Company's New Drug Application (NDA) for Akovaz™ (ephedrine sulfate), a drug administered parenterally as a pressor agent to address clinically important hypotension in surgical settings. Flamel obtained NDA approval for Akovaz as scheduled on April 29 and is the first to receive approval from the FDA for ephedrine sulfate. Flamel expects to launch Akovaz during the third quarter 2016 in a strength of 50 mg/mL. "We are very excited to receive FDA approval for Akovaz, the third product from our Éclat portfolio, and in line with the PDUFA date expectations. Revenue expectations associated with this product were included in our previously issued 2016 revenue guidance of $110 - $130 million. Our Éclat portfolio of products, which in ... Read more

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Nipple-Preserving Mastectomies Appear Safe for High-Risk Women: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – Preventive breast removal (mastectomy) that preserves the nipple and surrounding skin may be as effective in preventing breast cancer in high-risk women as more invasive surgeries, a new study suggests. The study included 348 women with BRCA genetic mutations that increase the risk of breast cancer. They had preventive nipple-sparing mastectomies between 1968 and 2013. Of those women, 203 had both breasts removed (bilateral mastectomy) and 145 had one breast removed preventively after cancer occurred in the other breast. Three to five years after surgery, none of the women who had bilateral nipple-sparing mastectomy developed breast cancer at any site. No breast cancers developed in the remaining skin, nipples or lymph nodes on the side of the breast removal. Seven women died from breast cancer during follow-up. All of them had a previous or concurrent breast ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer, Prevention

New Guidelines Issued on Breast, Genital Plastic Surgery for Teen Girls

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – A growing interest among teenaged girls in plastic surgery on their breasts or genitals has prompted a leading ob/gyn group to recommend that doctors first talk to these young women about "normal" sexual development. "Our membership has been telling us this is coming up more and more frequently with their adolescent patients," said Dr. Julie Strickland. She is chair of the Adolescent Health Care Committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The new recommendations also suggest that physicians screen these patients for body dysmorphic disorder, which is an obsession with an imagined or slight defect in appearance. There are already guidelines from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) on breast augmentation and reduction among teenagers. If it's strictly for cosmetic reasons, the society recommends surgery should ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Breast Asymmetry Disorder

Cancer History May Affect Survival After Organ Transplant

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – Organ transplant patients who previously had cancer may be at increased risk for new cancer and early death compared to organ recipients with no cancer history, new research suggests. The findings indicate that transplant patients with a history of cancer may need closer monitoring to detect recurrent and new cancers early, the study's senior author, Dr. Nancy Baxter, said in a news release from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Baxter is chief of the hospital's General Surgery Department. She and her colleagues reviewed 33 studies that included a total of nearly 400,000 patients in 12 countries. They found that organ recipients with previous cancer were 1.5 times more likely to die prematurely from any cause than those with no previous cancer. Moreover, those with previous cancer were nearly twice as likely to develop a new cancer and had three times higher ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Cancer, Renal Transplant, Organ Transplant - Rejection Prophylaxis, Graft-versus-host disease, Rejection Reversal, Kidney Transplant

Celebrity Cases May Help Spur Rise in Double Mastectomies

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 22, 2016 – Media coverage of celebrities who battle breast cancer is not always balanced or thorough, and this skewed view may be one factor in the growing popularity of double mastectomies, a new study suggests. "Celebrities do have a significant impact on medical decision-making, but in this case it might be a negative effect," said study author Dr. Michael Sabel. He is chief of surgical oncology at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. "The media coverage represents a kind of bias that makes people think this [double mastectomy] is the [best] treatment for breast cancer," Sabel said. Still, the study didn't prove that media coverage actually caused the increase in double mastectomies seen in the past decade. In the study, Sabel and his team gathered information on 17 celebrities who publicly disclosed their breast cancer diagnosis between 2000 and ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer - Adjuvant, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Vascular Surgery

Childhood Cancer Survivors Often Feel Older Than Their Years

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Surviving a childhood cancer can take a toll on health, and new research shows that young adults who've been through the ordeal often feel aged before their time. "Our findings indicate survivors' accelerated aging, and also help us understand the health-related risks associated with having had cancer as a child," said study senior author Dr. Lisa Diller. She is chief medical officer of Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. "What's encouraging is that the lower quality-of-life scores are associated with chronic disease after treatment, not with a history of pediatric cancer itself," Diller explained in a Dana-Farber news release. The researchers studied data on thousands of childhood cancer survivors in the United States. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, overall health-related quality-of-life scores were similar to those of adults in the ... Read more

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Early Stage Breast Cancer Does Need Treatment, Study Finds

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 – Early stage breast cancers known as DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ) should be treated with surgery, not a "wait-and-watch" approach, according to new research. Experts have debated whether to treat early DCIS or simply monitor it to see if it progresses. The new study suggests excision of DCIS – cancer confined to the milk ducts in the breast – is best in nearly all cases. "Regardless of [tumor] grade, surveillance alone without surgery is not adequate," said Dr. Sadia Khan, advisor to the breast cancer program at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, Calif. She presented the study results Thursday at the American Society of Breast Surgeons meeting in Dallas. Grade describes the degree of tumor-tissue abnormality and how likely it is to grow. Lower grades have better outlooks. With treatment, survival from DCIS is nearly 100 percent, Khan ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer, Prevention, Surgical Prophylaxis, Vascular Surgery

Simple Steps Can Keep Lawn Mowing Safe

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 15, 2016 – April showers bring May flowers, green grass and the potential for lawn mower accidents. More than 250,000 people in the United States were treated for lawn mower-related injuries in 2010, a 3 percent increase from the previous year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers some safety tips for lawn mowers, whether the riding, power or push style: Keep your lawn mower in good working order and have it serviced before you use it for the first time each season. Make sure the motor is off before you inspect or repair a lawn mower, and use a stick or broom handle, not your hands or feet, to remove debris. Always read the instruction manual, and never remove safety devices, shields or guards on switches. Add fuel before starting the engine, not when it is running or hot. Never leave a running lawn ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Prevention of Fractures

Spinal Fusion Not Always Necessary for Back Pain, Studies Say

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Spinal fusion surgery is too often used to treat lower back pain when a simpler procedure would suffice for many patients, according to a pair of new clinical trials. People suffering from spinal stenosis – pinched nerves caused by a narrowing of the spinal canal – received similar pain relief with fewer complications when doctors performed a simpler spine surgery called decompression, as opposed to a full-fledged spinal fusion, a study from Sweden found. "Fusion was associated with longer operating time, longer hospital stay and was more expensive than decompression alone," said lead researcher Dr. Peter Forsth, an orthopedic surgeon with the Stockholm Spine Center. However, certain patients would do better with a spinal fusion, the other clinical trial concludes. That trial found that spinal fusion provided better results for low-back pain patients who ... Read more

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Sun Pharma Receives FDA Approval For BromSite (bromfenac ophthalmic solution)

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

Mumbai, April 09, 2016: Sun Pharma (Reuters: SUN.BO, Bloomberg: SUNP IN, NSE: SUNPHARMA, BSE:524715, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd and includes its subsidiaries or associate companies) today announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries has received approval from USFDA for its New Drug Application (NDA) related to BromSite™ (bromfenac ophthalmic solution) 0.075% for the treatment of postoperative inflammation and prevention of ocular pain in patients undergoing cataract surgery. BromSite™ is the first non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) approved by the USFDA to prevent pain and treat inflammation in the eye for patients undergoing cataract surgery; other NSAIDs in this class are currently indicated for the treatment of inflammation and reduction of pain. BromSite™ developed by InSite Vision, is the first bromfenac ophthalmic solution formulated in DuraSite™, a polymer ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Cataract, Postoperative Ocular Inflammation, Bromfenac, BromSite

Doctors Report on Success of Throat Reconstruction

Posted 9 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 – An American man who underwent throat reconstruction seven years ago has no swallowing problems and can eat normal food, researchers report. The man's severely damaged esophagus was reconstructed using commercially available metal stents and donated skin tissue. The stents – approved in the United States to help esophageal cancer patients with a throat obstruction to swallow – provided a scaffold for the tissue to grow on. "This is a first in human operation and one that we undertook as a lifesaving measure once we had exhausted all other options available to us and the patient," said study author Dr. Kulwinder Dua. He is a professor in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. The stents were removed four years ago, according to the study published April 8 in The Lancet. "The approach we used is novel ... Read more

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FDA OKs 'Containment' Bag for Certain Uterine Surgeries

Posted 7 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 7, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said it would permit limited use of a "tissue containment system" in conjunction with laparoscopic power morcellators – devices that grind up tissue in gynecological surgeries. But the FDA still warns against using laparoscopic power morcellators in most women because the procedure can spread undetected cancer cells. The device, called the PneumoLiner, will be permitted only when uterine tissue is not suspected to contain cancer, the agency said. And its maker must warn patients and doctors that the device has not been proven to reduce the risk of spreading cancer during these procedures. "The PneumoLiner is intended to contain morcellated tissue in the very limited patient population for whom power morcellation may be an appropriate therapeutic option – and only if patients have been appropriately informed ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Cancer, Abnormal Uterine Bleeding, Hysterectomy, Uterine Leiomyomata / Fibroids, Urinary Tract Cancer, Genitourinary Surgical and Other Conditions

Weight-Loss Surgery Gets People Moving, Study Shows

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Weight-loss surgery seems to help ease joint pain and improve mobility in the long run, new research suggests. "Previous studies have reported improvement in pain and function [after weight-loss surgery]," said study author Wendy King, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh. However, most of those studies only followed people for a year after their procedure, she added. "We found through three years of follow-up that, depending on the measure, 50 to 75 percent of adults with severe obesity who had bariatric [weight-loss] surgery experienced clinically significant improvements in pain, physical functioning and walking time," she said. "Our findings reinforce the findings of shorter-term studies." King's team evaluated more than 2,200 men and women who had weight-loss surgery at one of 10 hospitals across the United States. The ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Obesity, Weight Loss, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery

Non-Surgical Procedure May Be New Weight-Loss Tool

Posted 4 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, April 3, 2016 – A procedure long used to halt stomach bleeding may offer another way to treat severe obesity, a preliminary study suggests. The study, of seven severely obese adults, found that the minimally invasive procedure caused no serious complications. It also spurred some weight loss: Patients lost 13 percent of their excess weight, on average, over the next six months. Experts stressed that the procedure – bariatric artery embolization – is not approved for weight loss, and remains in clinical trials. It's not clear whether or how it could fit in with the current treatments for severe obesity. Those treatments include invasive procedures such as gastric bypass surgery, which alters the digestive tract to limit how much food a person can eat and the body's absorption of calories. "Those procedures are highly effective, but they also have risks," said Dr. Clifford ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Obesity, Weight Loss, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery

Surgeons' Experience Matters With Thyroid Removal

Posted 28 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 25, 2016 – If you need your thyroid gland removed, choosing a surgeon who performs more than 25 thyroid removals a year might minimize your risks, a new study suggests. "This is a very technical operation, and patients should feel empowered to ask their surgeons how many procedures they do each year, on average," said study senior author Dr. Julie Sosa, chief of endocrine surgery at Duke University, in Durham, N.C. "Surgeons have an ethical responsibility to report their case numbers. While this is not a guarantee of a positive outcome, choosing a more experienced surgeon certainly can improve the odds that the patient will do well," Sosa said in a university news release. The thyroid, located at the base of the throat, produces hormones that regulate your metabolism. Thyroid removal (thyroidectomy) is not uncommon and often done due to cancer or enlargement, Sosa and her ... Read more

Related support groups: Surgery, Thyroid Disease, Thyroid Cancer, Head & Neck Surgery, Thyroid Storm, Thyroid Tumor, Myxedema Coma

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