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Millions of Americans With Chronic Ills Put Off Health Care

March 2009
Millions of Americans suffering from at least one chronic health problem are putting off care, not taking needed medications, and resigning themselves to feelings of isolation and depression.

New Drug Approvals

The following drugs have recently been approved by the FDA.

Edluar (zolpidem) Sublingual Tablets
Date of Approval: March 13, 2009
Treatment for: Insomnia
Edluar Drug Information | Press Release

New Indications and Dosage Forms

Drugs that have gained FDA approval for the treatment of additional diseases/conditions or new dosage forms/regimens.

Tygacil (tigecycline)
New Indication Approved: March 20, 2009
Now approved for: Community-Acquired Bacterial Pneumonia
Tygacil Drug Information | Press Release

Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
Patient Population Altered: March 20, 2009
Now approved for: Major Depressive Disorder in Adolescents
Lexapro Drug Information | Press Release

Symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine)
New Indication Approved: March 19, 2009
Now approved for: Treatment-Resistant Depression
Symbyax Drug Information | Press Release

First-Time Generic Approvals

First Time Generics are those drug products that have never been approved before as generic drug products and are new generic products to the marketplace.

Risperidone Orally Disintegrating Tablets
0.5 mg and 2 mg
Approved: February 24, 2009 Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Limited
Generic for: Risperdal M-Tab (Orally Disintegrating Tablet)
Treatment for: Schizophrenia; Bipolar Disorder

Sumatriptan Succinate Tablets
25 mg (base), 50 mg (base) and 100 mg (base)
Approved: February 9, 2009 Teva Pharmaceuticals USA; Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited (100 mg (base) only)
Generic for: Imitrex Tablets
Treatment for: Migraine

Sumatriptan Succinate Injection (Syringe)
4 mg (base)/0.5 mL and 6 mg (base)/0.5 mL; Pre-Filled Syringes
Approved: February 6, 2009 Teva Parenteral Medicines
Generic for: Imitrex Injection, Pre-Filled Syringes
Treatment for: Migraine

Sumatriptan Succinate Injection
4 mg (base)/0.5 mL and 6 mg (base)/0.5 mL; Single-Dose Vials
Approved: February 6, 2009 Sandoz Canada, Inc.; Teva Parenteral Medicines (6 mg (base)/0.5 mL only); Bedford Laboratories (6 mg (base)/0.5 mL only)
Generic for: Imitrex Injection, Single Dose Vials
Treatment for: Migraine

Minocycline Hydrochloride Extended-Release Tablets
45 mg (base), 90 mg (base) and 135 mg (base)
Approved: February 3, 2009 Impax Laboratories, Inc.
Generic for: Solodyn Tablets
Treatment for: Acne

Other Drug News

The latest Pharmaceutical News & Articles brought to you by Drugs.com

Labels on OTC Painkillers Need Improvement
March 30, 2009
When Laura Bix brought home a bottle of over-the-counter pain relievers recently, she was surprised to find that the bottle did not have a child-resistant cap on it.

One Pill Might Prevent Heart Disease
March 30, 2009
Create a single pill that contains a statin, three blood pressure drugs and aspirin, and you have an inexpensive medication that can reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. Or so researchers hope.

Statin Might Help Fight Blood Clots in Veins
March 30, 2009
In addition to dramatically reducing the incidence of heart attacks and stroke, the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor appears to have another important benefit: reducing the rate of blood clots in the veins, new research has found.

Most Teens Aren't Getting Preventive Health Care
March 30, 2009
Most American teens don't receive the appropriate amount of preventive health services, even though this type of care can establish good health behaviors and discourage damaging behaviors that can affect teens for the rest of their life, a new study finds.

New Guidelines for Treating Heart Failure
March 26, 2009
New guidelines for treatment of heart failure are being issued by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, with a strong emphasis on management of people hospitalized for the condition and also on the treatment of blacks.

Fish in U.S. Rivers Tainted With Common Medications
March 26, 2009
Fish from five U.S. rivers were found to be tainted with traces of medications and common chemicals, according to a new study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Baylor University.

Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
March 25, 2009
Only a small number of hospitals in the United States have comprehensive electronic health record systems currently in place, a new study finds.

U.S. Asked to Do More for Kids' Mental Health
March 25, 2009
A report from private, nonprofit groups calls on the U.S. government to become more involved in protecting and improving the mental health of the nation's youth.

Many Americans Fear Being Diagnosed With Diabetes
March 24, 2009
More than half of Americans fear developing diabetes, but many continue the unhealthy behaviors that boost their odds of getting the blood sugar disease, a new survey shows.

'Good Feelings' From Alcohol Only Come With Fewer Drinks
March 19, 2009
New research suggests that when it comes to getting pleasure from alcohol, less may be more.

Admissions for Prescription Painkiller Abuse on Rise
March 17, 2009
Admissions for treatment of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States have risen dramatically over the past decade, from 1 percent of all substance abuse admissions in 1997 to 5 percent in 2007, according to a government report.

Health Tip: Remember to Take Your Medicine
Many medications should be taken at the same time every day, both to ensure their effectiveness and so that you remember to take them.

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