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Posted today in New Drug Approvals

Genentech Announces FDA Approval of Xofluza (baloxavir marboxil) for People at High Risk of Developing Influenza-Related Complications

October 17, 2019 -- Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Xofluza™ (baloxavir marboxil) for the treatment of acute, uncomplicated influenza, or flu, in people 12 years of age and older who have been symptomatic for no...

Posted today in Medical

Mercury in Creams, Feces in Cosmetics: Beware Bargain Beauty Products

Stocking up on the latest beauty products can be costly. Is it possible to save money and still put your best face forward? You may luck out and find things on sale at reputable retailers. But beware of prices that seem too good to be true on the internet or from sellers that may not be around tomorrow, like a flea market vendor. Buy these products...

Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Secuado (asenapine) Transdermal System for the Treatment of Adults with Schizophrenia

 Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co., Inc., today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Secuado (asenapine) transdermal system, the first-and-only transdermal patch formulation for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia.1 “As people living with schizophrenia...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

FDA Updates on Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Recalls

Investigation ongoing – This page to be updated as more information is available IMPORTANT: Medications containing only amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are not being recalled. Manufacturers are recalling medications containing amlodipine in combination with valsartan or losartan, and medications containing hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Brain Games for Seniors

-- Many doctors encourage seniors to use brain fitness games as a means to help deal with dementia, Alzheimer's and other cognitive diseases, says SeniorLiving.org. While research remains inconclusive, there appears to be a correlation between brain games and brain health. The website says brain games that may help seniors include: Memory games, such...

Posted today in Medical

Health Tip: Planning a Stress-Reducing Vacation

-- Not all vacations are created equally. Studies show that the happiness gleaned from a vacation is dependent on how stressful it is, says Harvard Business Review. It found that 94 percent of people have as much or more energy after a positive trip. To create a positive vacation, HBR recommends: Ask for help when figuring out details, such as transportation. Plan...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

Use of Novel Therapy, Stem Cell Transplant in MM Varies by Race

Different racial/ethnic groups with multiple myeloma (MM) have significant variations in novel therapy and autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) use, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in Blood Advances. Sikander Ailawadhi, M.D., from the Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, and colleagues examined racial disparities in treatment and outcomes...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

Artificial Pancreas Helps T1DM Patients Meet Glycemic Targets

Patients with type 1 diabetes using an artificial pancreas or closed-loop system spend a greater percentage of time in a target glycemic range compared with those using a sensor-augmented insulin pump, according to a study published online Oct. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Sue A. Brown, M.D., from the University of Virginia Center for...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

CDC: Vaccination Coverage Generally High for Those Born in 2015-16

For children born in 2015 to 2016, vaccination coverage is generally high, although coverage can be improved with increased access to providers and health insurance, according to research published in the Oct. 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Holly A. Hill, M.D., Ph.D., from the CDC...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

Use of Deceased Donor Kidneys Varies by Center

There is center-level variation in the use of deceased donor kidneys, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Corey Brennan, M.P.H., from the Columbia University Renal Epidemiology Group in New York City, and colleagues created a donor utilization index using high-risk donor characteristics...

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EVALI Cases Rising among E-Cigarette Users. Are You At Risk?

EVALI is the new name for lung injury associated with e-cigarette, or vaping product, use according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A total of 1479 cases of EVALI had been reported to the CDC by October 15, 2019, which was up 180 cases from the previous week. The reported number […]

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Does Your Medicine’s Side Effects Outweigh Its Benefit?

Virtually every medicine in use today has side effects. Some of these will be minor, others can be life-threatening. But how much are you told about potential side effects when your doctor writes you a new prescription? Perhaps your doctor did a quick summary and told you some common side effects such as headache, nausea, […]

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Your Medicine Is Polluting Our Environment

Doctors prescribe medicines to treat a disease, correct a deficiency, or prevent a condition from happening. For example, beta blockers help lower blood pressure, iron tablets correct iron deficiency, and birth control pills prevent pregnancy. We take our prescribed medication as directed (or sometimes we don’t!) and expect it to do what it is meant […]

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