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Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

Posted 6 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 – Public-funded trials have significantly extended the lives of people diagnosed with cancer, according to new research. SWOG, the clinical trials network funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI), has involved more than 200,000 patient volunteers. These trials have led to approval of 14 new cancer drugs and more than 100 changes to cancer care standards. All told, ...

Hair Removal for a Beach-Ready Body? Do It Safely

Posted 22 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 – If you're plagued by patches of unwanted hair, waxing is one way to achieve a fuzz-free look – at least for a little while. But, waxing needs to be done properly to prevent problems, a dermatologist says. "At-home waxing can be an affordable method for hair removal, but it's important to take precautions," Dr. Jessica Krant said in an American Academy of Dermatology ...

U.S. Pays Highest Prices for Cancer Meds: Study

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 6, 2016 – The United States pays the highest prices in the world for generic and brand-name cancer drugs, a new study has found. However, as the world's wealthiest nation, the United States is better able to pay for those pricey drugs than poorer countries with somewhat lower medication prices, added study lead author Dr. Daniel Goldstein. People in China and India are much less ...

'Precision' Cancer Treatment May Extend Lives

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 19, 2016 – "Precision" cancer treatment that's guided by genetic clues from the patient's own tumor appears to outperform traditional chemotherapy, a new research review finds. Patients given precision – or personalized – treatment experienced a tumor shrinkage rate six times that attained by regular chemotherapy. But, that only happened if doctors used genetic information to ...

Health Tip: Discuss Acne Products With a Dermatologist

Posted 16 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If you're using acne products, you should take precautions to prevent a rare but serious allergic reaction. The American Academy of Dermatology offers this advice: See your dermatologist to discuss acne treatments that you'd like to use. Always consult a dermatologist before using an acne treatment if you've had an allergic reaction before. Ask the doctor about how to safely test acne ...

Contraception Safety Program for Acne Drug Failing in Canada

Posted 25 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 25, 2016 – A Canadian program to prevent pregnancy in women who are taking the acne drug isotretinoin is failing because many women do not follow the program's recommendations, a new study finds. Isotretinoin increases the risk of birth defects and miscarriages, the researchers explained. First marketed as Accutane, isotretinoin is now sold under various brand names and aimed at ...

Misconceptions About Acne Still Common

Posted 4 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 4, 2016 – There are still plenty of negative and mistaken beliefs about people with acne, a new study finds. Researchers showed photos of acne and several common skin conditions to study participants and asked them their views about each condition. More than 62 percent said they were upset by the photos of acne. And more than 80 percent said they felt pity toward people with acne, ...

Double Up on Acne Treatments, New Guidelines Say

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 – Combining treatments is the best way to combat acne, new guidelines from the American Academy of Dermatology state. "There are a variety of effective treatments available for acne, and dermatologists have found that combining two or more treatments is the best option for the majority of patients," Dr. Andrea Zaenglein, co-chair of the guidelines committee, said in an ...

Girls Given Risky Meds Don't Get Contraceptive Advice

Posted 16 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 16, 2015 – New research from a Midwestern hospital suggests a wide majority of teen girls and young women fail to get information about contraceptives when they take medications that could cause birth defects. At issue are so-called "teratogenic" medications, used for conditions ranging from acne to anxiety, that boost the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy. ...

Many Patients With Acne Take Antibiotics Too Long: Study

Posted 30 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 30, 2015 – Many patients with severe acne remain on antibiotics too long before they are prescribed more effective medication, researchers say. A team led by Dr. Seth Orlow, chair of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, reviewed the medical records of 137 patients over the age of 12. All were treated for severe acne at Langone between 2005 and 2014. On ...

U.S. Oncologists Decry High Cost of Cancer Drugs

Posted 23 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 23, 2015 – Soaring costs for cancer drugs are hurting patient care in the United States, a group of top oncologists claim. "High cancer-drug prices are affecting the care of patients with cancer and our health care system," Dr. Ayalew Tefferi, a hematologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., said in a Mayo news release. Tefferi and his colleagues made a number of recommendations ...

Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 – Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally sold under the brand name Accutane. That particular brand has been discontinued, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the ...

Too Few Prostate Cancer Patients Get Bone-Strengthening Meds: Study

Posted 3 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 – Many men on hormone therapy for prostate cancer aren't getting bone-strengthening drugs they may need, new Canadian research contends. Hormone therapy, which suppresses male hormones called androgens, helps stop cancer cells from growing. But one consequence of the treatment is weakening of the bones, which can lead to fractures. To reduce this risk, men can be given oral ...

Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions: Study

Posted 10 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 9, 2014 – Although food allergies have garnered a lot of attention lately, a new study reports that medications are actually the biggest cause of sudden deaths related to allergy. Over a little more than a decade, nearly 60 percent of the allergy-related deaths were caused by medications, while less than 7 percent were caused by food allergies, the study found. "Medications can be ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Accutane (isotretinoin) - Nov 1, 2002

Posted 1 Nov 2002 by Drugs.com

FDA and Roche revised the WARNINGS: Psychiatric Disorders, Boxed CONTRAINDICATIONS AND WARNINGS, DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, and PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions sections of the prescribing information. Changes in pediatric labeling were made to the CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY: Special Patient Populations: Pediatric Patients, WARNINGS: Skeletal: Bone Mineral Density, and PRECAUTIONS: Pediatric Use: ...

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