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Vol 54 - February 2009
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FDA Seeks Better Regulation of Painkillers

February 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced plans to tackle growing concern over the misuse of powerful painkillers by requiring manufacturers of certain opioid drugs to help develop a plan to reduce the risks associated with the medications. Read more...

New Drug Approvals

The following drugs have recently been approved by the FDA.

Uloric (febuxostat) Tablets
Date of Approval: February 13, 2009
Treatment for: Hyperuricemia in Gout Patients
Uloric Drug Information | Press Release

ATryn (Antithrombin (Recombinant))
Date of Approval:February 6, 2009
Treatment for: Prevention of Peri-Operative and Peri-Partum Thromboembolic Events in Hereditary Antithrombin Deficient Patients
ATryn Drug Information | Press Release

Kapidex (dexlansoprazole) Delayed Release Capsules
Date of Approval:January 30, 2009
Treatment for: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease and Erosive Esophagitis
Kapidex Drug Information | Press Release

Vectical (calcitriol) Ointment
Date of Approval: January 23, 2009
Treatment for: Psoriasis
Vectical Drug Information | Press Release

First-Time Generic Approvals

First Time Generics are those drug products that have never been approved before as generic drug products and are new generic products to the marketplace.

Galantamine Hydrobromide Oral Solution
4 mg/mL
Approved: January 30, 2009 Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
Generic for: Razadyne Oral Solution

Risperidone Oral Solution
1 mg/mL
Approved: January 30, 2009 Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Generic for: Risperdal Oral Solution

Divalproex Sodium Extended-Release Tablets
250 mg and 500 mg
Approved: January 29, 2009 Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Generic for: Depakote ER Tablets, 250 mg and 500 mg

Divalproex Sodium Delayed Release Capsules (Sprinkle)
125 mg (valproic acid equivalent)
Approved: January 23, 2009 Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc.
Generic for: Depakote Sprinkle Capsules, 125 mg

Levetiracetam Oral Solution
100 mg/mL
Approved: January 15, 2009 Roxane Laboratories, Inc.; Tolmar Inc.; Aurobindo Pharma Ltd.; Actavis Mid Atlantic LLC
Generic for: Keppra Oral Solution

Alprazolam Orally Disintegrating Tablets
0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 2 mg
Approved: January 9, 2009 Kali Laboratories, Inc.
Generic for: Niravam Orally Disintegrating Tablets

Other Drug News

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Scientists Discover New Drug Targets for Crohn's Disease
February 26, 2009
An international team of researchers has pinpointed new genetic targets for drugs to treat Crohn's disease, a chronic and painful condition caused by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.

Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
February 26, 2009
Past studies have suggested that caffeine might offer some protection from skin cancer, and new research may explain why.

Solostar Injection Pen Approved for Diabetes
February 26, 2009
Sanofi-Aventis's Apidra (insulin glulisine) Solostar injection pen has been approved to treat diabetes.

Chili Pepper Compound Can Bring Pain Relief
February 25, 2009
University of Buffalo scientists say they have found how capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their fiery flavor, also works to relieve joint and muscle pain.

Drugs May Help Healthy Men Lower Prostate Cancer Risk
February 24, 2009
Healthy men with no signs of prostate cancer may wish to talk to their doctors about taking a drug that could further reduce their risk for the disease, new guidelines suggest.

Drinking Raises Cancer Risk for Middle-Age Women
February 24, 2009
Research involving more than a million middle-age women finds that even moderate drinking raises risks for breast, liver and other cancers.

Reminders Help Patients Get Better Care
February 23, 2009
A little information and guidance can prompt patients to play a much greater role in improving their own health care, a new study focused on colon cancer screening suggests.

Media Influences Cancer Care
February 23, 2009
Cancer patients who research their disease on the Internet and in other media are more likely to get the latest treatments from their doctors, a new study suggests.

Implanted Device Approved for Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
February 19, 2009
Medtronic Inc's Reclaim DBS Therapy device has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to deliver electrical brain stimulation to people with severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Genetics May Help Fine-Tune Warfarin Dosage
February 18, 2009
A DNA test could make prescribing the widely used anticoagulant warfarin safer by predicting the lowest effective dose, a new study finds.

Nausea Drug Shows Promise Against Opioid Addiction
February 18, 2009
A drug currently used to treat nausea can prevent symptoms of withdrawal from illegal and prescription opioid drugs such as heroin, morphine and codeine, a new study shows.

Rheumatoid Arthritis Drugs Raise Shingles Risk
February 17, 2009
A class of medications used widely to treat rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases might increase the risk of shingles, especially among older people and those who are also taking steroids.

Not Many U.S. Kids Need Statins
February 16, 2009
When Dr. Earl S. Ford read that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was recommending that children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-lowering statins, he decided to check on the numbers.

Beta Blocker Blocks Feelings of Bad Memories
February 15, 2009
Imagine being able to decouple bad memories from the fear and anxiety they produce with just a pill.

Docs Override Most Electronic Drug Warnings
February 12, 2009
Doctors often override electronic medication safety alerts and rely instead on their own judgment when prescribing drugs for patients, which suggests that physicians find the alerts more annoying than helpful, says a U.S. study.

Long-Term Aspirin Use Seems to Protect Against Colorectal Lesions
February 10, 2009
Prolonged use of low-dose aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appears to reduce the risk of precancerous lesions that can lead to colorectal cancer.

Taking Statins Faithfully Lengthens Life
February 9, 2009
A massive Israeli study finds that people with high cholesterol levels who faithfully take statins are less likely to die over four to five years than those who neglect the therapy.

Painkiller Abuse Increases Among Young Adults
February 9, 2009
Misuse of prescription painkillers among young adults increased from 4.1 percent in 2002 to 4.6 percent in 2007, a government report shows.

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