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FDA Approves Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for the Treatment of Complicated Urinary Tract and Complicated Intra-Abdominal Bacterial Infections

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- July 17, 2019 Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) for injection, 1.25 grams, a new combination antibacterial. Recarbrio is indicated in patients 18 years of age and older who...

Posted today in Medical

New Test Can Pinpoint Which Pancreatic Cysts Might Turn Cancerous

To have surgery or not to have surgery? That is the big question for hundreds of thousands of Americans diagnosed each year with a pancreatic cyst. The dilemma? While cysts are very common, most will not actually lead to cancer. But for doctors, determining which will from which won't is often a shot in the dark. So many patients undergo a highly invasive...

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WHO Declares Congo Ebola Outbreak a 'Global Health Emergency'

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday called the year-old outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo a global health emergency, The New York Times reported. The declaration, made by a panel of experts, follows news this week that the deadly infectious disease had spread to Goma, the largest city in eastern Congo. Earlier this...

Posted 3 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves AirDuo Digihaler (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol) Inhalation Powder for Asthma

JERUSALEM and PARSIPPANY, N.J., July 15, 2019 – Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved AirDuo® Digihaler™ (fluticasone propionate 113 mcg and salmeterol 14 mcg) Inhalation Powder, a combination therapy digital inhaler with built-in sensors...

Posted 3 days ago in FDA Alerts

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Multiple Ophthalmic Products Manufactured and Distributed as Altaire Labeled Products

Altaire Pharmaceuticals, Inc., announces today that it is voluntarily recalling the over the counter (OTC) and prescription (Rx) drug products and lots, within expiry, it has manufactured and distributed under the Altaire label and trade dress during the time period as indicated below. As a precautionary measure, Altaire is voluntarily initiating this...

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Health Tip: Minimizing Shortness of Breath

-- Shortness of breath is marked by difficulty breathing or intense tightening in the chest. Medical problems, strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, obesity and high altitude can all trigger shortness of breath, says Mayo Clinic. To keep chronic shortness of breath at bay, Mayo Clinic suggests: Exercise regularly. Quit smoking. Take time to...

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Health Tip: Indoor Tanning

-- Tanning beds and sun lamps can cause serious long-term skin damage, says the American Cancer Society. Indoor tanning exposes the skin to ultraviolet (UV) rays -- the cause of most skin cancer. A tan is the body's response to injury from UV rays. Every time you tan, your risk of the deadly skin cancer melanoma increases. Although indoor tanning may...

Posted today in News for Health Professionals

Man's Award in Roundup Cancer Case Slashed by Judge

A man who was awarded $80.27 million in a lawsuit alleging Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer had that amount cut by $55 million by a judge. In March, federal jurors in California sided with Edwin Hardeman, who was the first cancer patient to take Monsanto to federal trial over Roundup. The jurors awarded him $5.27 million in compensatory...

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Physical Activity Linked to Slower Aβ-Related Cognitive Decline

Greater physical activity and lower vascular risk are associated with slower β-amyloid (Aβ)-related cognitive decline in clinically normal older adults, according to a study published online July 16 in JAMA Neurology to coincide with the annual Alzheimer's Association International Conference, held from July 14 to 18 in Los Angeles. Jennifer S. Rabin,...

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Recarbrio OK'd for Complicated Urinary Tract, Intra-Abdominal Infections

The antibacterial drug product Recarbrio (imipenem, cilastatin, and relebactam) has been approved to treat complicated urinary tract infections (cUTI) and complicated intra-abdominal infections (cIAI) in adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today. Recarbrio, a three-drug combination injection, is intended to be used for patients who...

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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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Green Gold

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill by Trump in December last year paved the way for a more widespread (yet still restricted) cultivation of hemp and a more regulated cannabidiol (CBD) market. And that market is currently booming, with a forecasted revenue of over 22 million by 2022. But there is still a lot […]

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Worshipping The Wine (or Beer) God or Godess

For many Americans, alcohol is a big part of their life. No matter the occasion, from weddings to birthday parties, family gatherings to date nights, most assume alcohol will be available. In fact, more than 50% of people say they would enjoy a major event less if alcohol was prohibited. But at what point does […]

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