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Beware Safety Risks Posed by 'Off-Label' Drug Use

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – "Off-label" drug use puts patients at risk for serious side effects, especially when scientific evidence is lacking, a new study finds. Physicians prescribe "off-label" when they recommend drugs for uses that have not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It's a common and legal practice. It's also hard to track, because U.S. doctors aren't required to document the reason for prescribing a treatment. But in what may be the most extensive review of the practice to date, a Canadian-U.S. research team found reason for concern. Patients prescribed off-label drugs without strong scientific evidence were 54 percent more likely to experience an adverse event, such as a drug reaction, drug interaction or allergic response, forcing them to stop taking the drugs, the study found. "We are not saying that off-label is bad," said Dr. Tewodros Eguale, who led ... Read more

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Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to have led to an increase in malaria deaths last year, a new study finds. Research in Guinea, one of the countries hardest hit by the Ebola epidemic, indicates an extra 74,000 cases of malaria went untreated in 2014, compared to previous years. As a result, deaths associated with malaria (a mosquito-borne disease) also rose and will likely exceed Ebola deaths in Guinea, researchers reported June 23 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. "One problem is that the early symptoms of malaria [fever, headache and body aches] mimic those of Ebola virus disease," said study author Dr. Mateusz Plucinski, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Malaria is one of the main causes of fever and health facilities visits in Guinea, but our data suggest that since the start of the Ebola epidemic, people with fevers ... Read more

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Nighttime Leg Cramps Peak in Summer, Study Says

Posted 9 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Nighttime leg cramps occur twice as often in summer as in winter, a new study suggests. The malaria drug quinine is commonly prescribed to treat leg cramps, so researchers looked at quinine prescriptions written for more than 31,000 people in British Columbia, Canada, over six years. The researchers also analyzed the frequency of online searches about leg cramps by people in Australia and the United States. Prescriptions for quinine in British Columbia and online searches about leg cramps in the United States peaked in July. Online searches about leg cramps in Australia were highest in January, which is mid-summer in that country. The study was published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. "Although there are anecdotal reports of pregnancy-associated rest cramps being worse in summer, these findings establish the phenomenon of seasonality in ... Read more

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