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Vol 65 - January 2010
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Fake Drugs Bought on the Web Pose Big Health Risks

January 2010
People who buy prescription medications over the Internet could be playing Russian roulette with their lives, a new study contends. Read more...

New Drug Approvals

The following drugs have recently been approved by the FDA.

Victoza (liraglutide) Injection
Date of Approval: January 25, 2010
Treatment for: Diabetes Mellitus Type II
Victoza Drug Information | Press Release

Ampyra (dalfampridine) Extended Release Tablets
Date of Approval: January 22, 2010
Treatment for: Multiple Sclerosis
Ampyra Drug Information | Press Release

Actemra (tocilizumab) Injection
Date of Approval: January 8, 2010
Treatment for: Rheumatoid Arthritis
Actemra 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.

Donepezil Hydrochloride Orally Disintegrating Tablets
5 mg and 10 mg
Approved: December 11, 2009 URL Pharma, Inc.
Generic for: Aricept ODT

Cromolyn Sodium Oral Concentrate
100 mg/ 5 mL
Approved: December 18, 2009 Genera Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Generic for: Gastrocrom

Cosyntropin Injection
0.25 mg/vial
Approved: December 23, 2009 GeneraMedix Inc.
Generic for: Cortrosyn

Other Drug News

Targeting Cancer Stem Cells May Eradicate Tumors
January 29, 2010
New ways of identifying and studying cancer stem cells in the lab could accelerate understanding of the cells and lead to the development of drugs that target them, British researchers say.

Kids' Use of Alternative Therapies Often Mimics Parents'
January 28, 2010
Almost 12 percent of children and adolescents in the United States use complementary or alternative medicines, known as CAM, according to Harvard Medical School researchers.

Rotavirus Vaccine Could Save Millions of Children Worldwide
January 27, 2010
Vaccinating infants against rotavirus could save the lives of millions of children in developing nations who would otherwise die from the diarrhea-causing disease, two new studies show.

More States Took in Expired Meds in 2009
January 20, 2010
A steel mailbox-sized bin in the lobby of a police department in northern Utah was full again, crammed with half-full prescription bottles, over-the-counter cold meds and even an odd topical cream from 1983.

Mail-Order May Help People Stick to Med Regimens
January 14, 2010
Using mail-order pharmacies makes it easier for people to stick with their doctor's prescribed medication regimens, a new study suggests.

Some Blood Pressure Drugs May Stave Off Dementia
January 12, 2010
Blood pressure drugs that block the protein angiotensin appear to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, a new study finds.

Report Card on Tobacco Control Laws a Mixed Bag
January 12, 2010
The U.S. government took some important steps last year to prevent tobacco-related disease and death, but most states got a failing grade and 10 made alarming cuts to their tobacco control programs, a new report shows.

Antipsychotics Still Widely Used in U.S. Nursing Homes
January 11, 2010
Many Americans in nursing homes still get powerful antipsychotic medications, despite recent attempts by the United States government to rein in the practice, two new studies show.

FDA Drug Approvals Mostly Flat In 2009
January 6, 2010
New drugs cleared by the Food and Drug Administration last year kept pace with 2008, suggesting a much-touted push for drug safety has not slowed down approvals.

Hazards of Obesity Now Rival Smoking in U.S.
January 5, 2010
Obesity now poses as great a threat to Americans' quality of life as smoking, a new study shows.

Using Kitchen Spoons Ups Risk of Dosing Errors
January 4, 2010
New research suggests that you should steer clear of using ordinary spoons when taking or giving liquid medicines, because the practice raises the risk of potentially dangerous dosing mistakes.

New Childhood Vaccines Schedules Released
January 4, 2010
Boys should get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to protect them against genital warts, and all children should receive the H1N1 vaccine to guard against swine flu, according to updated guidelines on childhood and teen vaccines.

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