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Vol 69 - May 2010
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New Drug Approvals

The following drugs have recently been approved by the FDA.

Lumizyme (alglucosidase alfa)
Date of Approval: May 24, 2010
Treatment for: Pompe disease
Lumizyme Drug Information | Press Release

Zymaxid (gatifloxacin) Ophthalmic Solution
Date of Approval: May 18, 2010
Treatment for: Bacterial Conjunctivitis
Zymaxid Drug Information | Press Release

Sprix (ketorolac tromethamine) Nasal Spray
Date of Approval: May 14, 2010
Treatment for: Pain
Sprix Drug Information | Press Release

Natazia (dienogest and estradiol valerate)
Date of Approval: May 6, 2010
Treatment for: Contraception
Natazia Drug Information | Press Release

Vimovo (naproxen and esomeprazole magnesium)
Date of Approval: April 30, 2010
Treatment for: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, NSAID-Induced Ulcer Prophylaxis
Vimovo 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.

Losartan Potassium and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
50 mg/12.5 mg and 100 mg/25 mg
Approved: April 6, 2010 Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Generic for: Hyzaar Tablets

Losartan Potassium and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets
100 mg/12.5 mg
Approved: April 6, 2010 Roxane Laboratories, Inc.; Mylan Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Torrent Pharmaceuticals, Ltd.; Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Generic for: Hyzaar Tablets

Losartan Potassium Tablets
USP, 25 mg, 50 mg and 100 mg
Approved: April 6, 2010 Teva Pharmaceuticals USA
Generic for: Cozaar Tablets

Memantine Hydrochloride Tablets
5 mg and 10 mg
Approved: April 14, 2010 Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited
Generic for: Namenda Tablets

Imipramine Pamoate Capsules
75 mg, 100 mg, 125 mg and 150 mg
Approved: April 14, 2010 Roxane Laboratories, Inc.; Lupin Limited
Generic for: Tofranil-PM Capsules

Amoxicillin & Clavulanate Potassium Extended-Release Tablets
1000 mg/62.5 mg (base)
Approved: April 21, 2010 Sandoz Inc.
Generic for: Augmentin XR Tablets

Voriconazole Tablets
50 mg and 200 mg
Approved: April 22, 2010 Matrix Laboratories Limited
Generic for: Vfend Tablets

Other Drug News

Breast Cancer Vaccine Possible, Scientists Say
May 30, 2010
A study in mice suggests that a preventive breast cancer vaccine might be possible in humans, scientists say.

Many People Still Don't Know How to Protect Against Skin Cancer
May 27, 2010
A new national survey by the American Academy of Dermatology finds that many people don't know enough about sun damage to protect themselves from developing skin cancer.

Many Supplements Said to Contain Toxins, Make False Health Claims
May 26, 2010
A Congressional investigation of dietary herbal supplements has found trace amounts of lead, mercury and other heavy metals in nearly all products tested, plus myriad illegal health claims made by supplement manufacturers, The New York Times reported.

'The Pill' Is Birth Control Favorite in U.S.
May 26, 2010
Give it up for The Pill: 50 years after it was invented, the oral contraceptive remains the leading method of birth control in the United States, a new report says, just edging out female sterilization.

Heart Drugs Safe for Lungs, Study Finds
May 24, 2010
Medical tradition says that the beta blockers used to treat heart disease shouldn't be given to people who also have severe lung disease, but a new Dutch study suggests the tradition is wrong.

New Research: Kids' Consumption of Chronic Medications on the Rise
May 20, 2010
In growing numbers, children across America are adding a dose of medicine to their daily routine.

Antibiotic Resistance Can Last a Year, Review Finds
May 18, 2010
Some patients who take antibiotics may become resistant to them and stay that way for as long as a year, a new review finds.

Smallpox Vaccine May Protect Against HIV
May 17, 2010
Vaccination with the smallpox vaccine called "vaccinia" may boost a person's ability to resist infection with HIV, new research suggests.

Men, Women May Respond Differently to Vaccines
May 17, 2010
Gender can trigger different immune responses and different side effects to particular vaccines, a new analysis suggests.

Rotavirus Vaccine Helps Kids Avoid Severe Gastro Illness
May 14, 2010
Vaccination against rotavirus greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization for acute gastroenteritis among children, new research shows.

Herbal Supplements, Warfarin Can Be Hazardous Mix
May 13, 2010
People taking the prescription blood thinner warfarin (Coumadin) may up their risk for health complications if they also take herbal or non-herbal supplements, new research reveals.

Sugar Before Shots Helps Infants Cope
May 13, 2010
A sugar solution appears to help babies tolerate immunizations and get through the pain, researchers have found.

Stomach Acid Drugs Come with Dangers, Studies Show
May 10, 2010
Proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec and Nexium are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, but several new studies warn that the popular stomach acid reducers are showing the potential for serious side effects.

Bar Codes Cut Down on Hospital Medication Errors
May 5, 2010
A system that checks medications and doses using bar codes significantly cuts down on hospital drug errors, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston report.

Parent Error Common When Medicating Chronically Ill Kids
May 3, 2010
A new study suggests that parents often make mistakes when they give medicine to their chronically ill children.

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