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Steroid May Be Safe, Effective Gout Treatment, Study Finds

Posted 23 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – A steroid pill may be as good as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for treating painful gout, new research suggests. Researchers who compared the steroid prednisolone with the arthritis medication indomethacin found both drugs offered a similar degree of pain reduction. And while indomethacin (Indocin) appeared to cause more minor side effects, neither treatment prompted serious complications, the researchers said. Smaller investigations have pointed in the same direction, said study lead author Dr. Timothy Rainer, a professor of emergency medicine at Cardiff University in Wales. But because the new findings are the product of a "larger and better-designed" effort, Rainer said steroid pills may gain standing among gout experts who usually stick with NSAIDs as their first-line treatment. The bottom line is that there are choices, said Dr. Philip ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Refresh Lacri-Lube, Refresh P.M., FML 0.1 Percent and Blephamide 10 Percent/0.2 Percent by Allergan: Recall - Particulate Matter

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Allergan announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall down to consumer level of specific lots of its Refresh Lacri-Lube 3.5g and 7g for dry eye, Refresh PM 3.5g for dry eye, FML (fluorometholone ophthalmic ointment) 0.1% (sterile ophthalmic ointment topical anti-inflammatory agent for ophthalmic use, 3.5g), and Blephamide (sulfacetamide sodium and prednisolone acetate ophthalmic ointment, USP) 10%/0.2% sterile topical ophthalmic ointment combining an antibacterial and a corticosteroid, 3.5g. For specific lot numbers, see the Firm Press Release. BACKGROUND: Allergan chose to initiate this recall based on a small number of customer complaints which reported a small black particle at the time of use. This black particle, which is part of the cap, can be created by the action of unscrewing the cap from the aluminum tube, and potentially introduced into the product. Specific ... Read more

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