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Posted 2 days ago in New Drug Approvals

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Lartruvo (olaratumab) for Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Lartruvo (olaratumab) with doxorubicin to treat adults with certain types of soft tissue sarcoma (STS), which are cancers that develop in muscles, fat, tendons or other soft tissues. Lartruvo is approved for use with the FDA-approved chemotherapy drug doxorubicin for the treatment...

Posted 2 days ago in FDA Alerts

Radiation Therapy Devices by Multidata Systems International: Discontinue Use – Concerns about Risks to Patients

[Posted 10/20/2016] ISSUE: The FDA is concerned about the risks to patients from the use of devices manufactured and sold by Multidata Systems International Corporation ("Multidata"). The FDA knows of at least two Multidata medical devices that the company manufactured and distributed in the United States for which FDA never received nor reviewed 510(k)...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Trauma Patients Not to Blame for Opioid Epidemic: Study

Patients who survived major trauma may not be a significant factor in the U.S. opioid epidemic, a new study suggests. Almost 75 percent of major trauma patients who were prescribed narcotic painkillers such as OxyContin and Percocet had stopped using them a month after leaving the hospital. And only 1 percent were still taking the drugs on a prescription...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Top 3 Mistakes Teen Drivers Make

Speeding is the most common deadly mistake new teen drivers make, and parents don't do enough to help their children drive safely, traffic safety experts say. Nearly 14,000 fatal crashes involving teen drivers in the United States occurred over the past five years. Speeding was a factor in more than 4,200 of those crashes, according to the American...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Even for Men at High Risk, Healthy Living May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

While it's well known that healthy living can lower the odds for colon cancer, a new study finds it's even true for men whose DNA puts them at high risk for the disease. Components of a healthy lifestyle include exercise, proper nutrition, no smoking and reduced alcohol consumption, the study authors said. An expert in colon health who reviewed the...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

'Fake Pills' May Help Ease Back Pain

Even if they know the pills are fake, chronic back pain sufferers may get relief from placebo drugs, a new study indicates. Researchers found that patients who knowingly took a placebo pill while undergoing traditional treatment for lower back pain had less pain and disability than those who received traditional treatment alone. "These findings turn...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Health Tip: Manage Allergies

-- If pets make you sniffle, sneeze, itch and cough, there are things you can do that don't include getting rid of Fido or Fluffy. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends: Limiting how much time you spend around your pet. Taking nasal spray, an antihistamine or bronchodilator, as directed by your allergist. Talking to...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Kids 14 and Younger Only Need 2 HPV Vaccine Shots: CDC

Children 14 and younger require only two doses of the HPV vaccine rather than the previously recommended three shots, U.S. health officials now say. The vaccine protects against infection with sexually transmitted HPV (human papillomavirus), which can cause cervical and other cancers. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Zika Testing for All Pregnant Women Who Have Been in Florida County: CDC

U.S. health officials are now recommending that all pregnant women who have recently spent time in any part of Miami-Dade County in Florida be tested for Zika infection. Previously, testing had only been urged for pregnant women who had been in areas of the county where Zika had been spreading locally. This latest advisory extends that recommendation...

Posted 2 days ago in Medical

Health Tip: Kick Off Exercise With a Support System

-- Ready to start exercising? Be sure to build a network of friends and loved ones to support you when the going gets tough. The American Council on Exercise advises: Talk to your partner, friends and family members and explain your commitment to better health. Ask for encouragement and support. Ask someone to be your accountability partner, to...

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Posted in Blog

REMS@FDA: An Upgraded Patient Safety Program

REMS Overview Fact: Prescription drugs are complicated, and they are getting more complicated every day. Issues with complex drugs and side effects is not just a concern for the healthcare provider, it directly impacts the patient and caregiver, too. We’ve all heard the long list of adverse effects and warnings that unfold during a primetime […]

Posted in Blog the First Major Consumer Health Publisher to Implement Full HTTPS Encryption is pleased to announce the introduction of full HTTPS encryption for all web site visitors. With this significant and important change, nearly 70 million monthly visitors will have access to critical health and medicine information in a safe, secure and private environment. Why HTTPS Encryption? Almost everything you do on the Internet leaves a digital […]

Posted in Blog

Off-Label or Off-Limits? Should You Use A Drug For An Unapproved Use?

Off-Label Drug Use: What Is It? You may be surprised to learn that you have probably been prescribed a medication “off-label” at one point or another by your doctor. Maybe you’ve heard of “off-label” drug use in the news, but what does this really mean? “Off-label” use of a drug refers to prescribing a medication […]

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