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Hawaii Facing Rise in Dengue Fever Cases

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Do your winter travel plans include Hawaii? You may want to pack bug repellent, experts say. That's because the Big Island of Hawaii is facing an outbreak of dengue fever – a mosquito-borne virus that can cause terrible headache and crushing pain in the muscles and joints. State health officials have confirmed 117 cases of dengue fever on the Big Island since mid-September, including 103 local residents and 14 visitors to the island. One other case has been reported on the island of Oahu, but health officials say it was not locally transmitted and is not tied to the new outbreak. The jump in cases has prompted top experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to visit the island this week to try and help, CNN reported Wednesday. "I don't think travelers should be overly worried, but they should take care to avoid mosquitoes as much as ... Read more

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Retail Prices of Dermatology Drugs Skyrocket

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Patients using prescription creams, gels, sprays and pills for skin conditions may shell out substantially more at the pharmacy than they did just six years ago, a new study suggests. Between 2009 and 2015, retail prices of brand-name dermatologic drugs rose 401 percent, on average, study authors reported Nov. 25 in JAMA Dermatology. Even generics have succumbed to price inflation, up 279 percent between 2011 and 2014, based on the drugs surveyed. Price increases for skin treatments far outpaced the general inflation rate of 11 percent during the six-year study period, the researchers said. "Cancer drugs were the worst in terms of the numbers" – up 1,240 percent or nearly $11,000 over the six-year study period – primarily because of two medicines, said Dr. Steven Rosenberg, voluntary professor of dermatology at the University of Miami Miller School of ... Read more

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Formaldehyde in Embalming Fluid May Raise ALS Risk for Funeral Directors

Posted 13 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 13, 2015 – Male funeral directors who routinely work with embalming fluid might be at increased risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study finds. Those whose jobs involved continual exposure to the formaldehyde in embalming fluid were three times more likely to develop the neurological disease, compared to people never exposed to the chemical, researchers reported in the July 13 issue of the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. The study found that the jobs of funeral directors involve the sort of frequent and intense formaldehyde exposure that could lead to ALS, often called Lou Gehrig's disease for the famous baseball player who died of it. "Of the approximately 500 men exposed to very high levels of formaldehyde, they were all funeral directors," said study author Andrea Roberts, a research associate at Harvard University's T.H. Chan ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: 10 Percent Neutral Buffered Formalin by Richard-Allan Scientific: Class I Recall - May Contain Incorrect Concentration of Formalin

Posted 31 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Richard-Allan Scientific discovered defective products returned from several customers were found to have from 0 percent to 3 percent Formalin content instead of the required 10 percent.  A too-low or too high concentration of Formalin will not properly preserve or can damage tissues. BACKGROUND: This recall was initiated on September 17, 2014 and includes 10 percent Neutral Buffered Formalin manufactured on July 18, 2014 and distributed between July 18 - September 17, 2014.  Richard-Allan Scientific sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall letter dated September 10, 2014 to all customers followed by a second letter dated October 3, 2014 with additional information. RECOMMENDATION: Richard-Allan advises customers/users to: Immediately stop using the defective product. Upon identifying the defective lots, notify Richard-Allan Scientific of the quantity and the preferred d ... Read more

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