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Vol 70 - June 2010
Featured News
Outdated Meds Pose Problems If Kept or Tossed
June 2010
It's a common find in medicine cabinets and bathroom drawers: a prescription vial containing years-old medication or an over-the-counter cold remedy that's embarrassingly past its sell-by date. But unless they're spring-cleaning, many people don't bother throwing away these items. Read more...
New Drug Approvals
The following drugs have recently been approved by the FDA.
Date of Approval: June 17, 2010
Treatment for: Prostate Cancer
Jevtana Drug Information | Press Release
Date of Approval: June 14, 2010
Treatment for: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
Jalyn Drug Information | Press Release
Date of Approval: June 1, 2010
Treatment for: Osteoporosis
Prolia 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.
New Dosage Form Approved: June 21, 2010
Now Approved: Namenda XR
Namenda Drug Information | Press Release
New Indication Approved: June 23, 2010
Now Approved for: Macular Edema Following Retinal Vein Occlusion
Lucentis Drug Information | Press Release
New Indication Approved: June 17, 2010
Now Approved for: Newly Diagnosed Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Patients
Tasigna 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.
Trandolapril and Verapamil Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets
2 mg/180 mg, 2 mg/240 mg and 4 mg/240 mg
Approved: May 5 and 26, 2010 - Glenmark Generics Ltd.
Generic for: Tarka
Zidovudine Injection
10 mg/mL
Approved: May 6, 2010 - PharmaForce, Inc.
Generic for: Retrovir Injection
Omeprazole and Sodium Bicarbonate Capsules
20 mg/1.1 g and 40 mg/1.1 g
Approved: May 25, 2010 - Par Pharmaceutical
Generic for: Zegerid
Famotidine for Suspension
40 mg/5 mL
Approved: May 27, 2010 - Navinta LLC
Generic for: Pepcid for Suspension
Other Drug News
Applying Sunscreen: Are You Doing It the Wrong Way?
June 25, 2010
Sunscreen use has become routine for many Americans, but it's often applied incorrectly, according to a Saint Louis University expert.
U.S. Health Care Ranks Low Among Developed Nations: Report
June 23, 2010
Compared with six other industrialized nations, the United States ranks last when it comes to many measures of quality health care, a new report concludes.
Many Diabetics Unaware of Hot Weather Hazards
June 21, 2010
Although diabetes raises the chances of developing heat illness, many people with the condition don't know how to reduce their risk, a new Mayo Clinic survey reveals.
More Than Half of Pediatricians Make Diagnostic Errors: Survey
June 21, 2010
You're not the only one who can't always tell if your child has a viral illness or a bacterial infection that calls for antibiotics: Pediatricians say this is the most common diagnostic error they make, a new study shows.
Iodine Levels a Worry as Salt Use Declines
June 17, 2010
As Americans decrease their salt consumption, thyroid experts worry that some may obtain too little iodine.
ER Visits Soaring for Prescription Painkiller Misuse
June 17, 2010
Recent years have seen a steep rise in United States emergency department visits by people abusing prescription pain drugs.
'Graying' of Drug Users at U.S. Treatment Centers
June 16, 2010
Among Americans aged 50 and older, admissions for drug abuse treatment have nearly doubled between 1992 and 2008, a new study reveals.
Diet, Meds and Smoking Linked to Eye Disease Risks
June 14, 2010
A healthy diet helps guard against cataracts, while certain medications raise the risks of this common cause of vision loss, two new studies suggest.
Health Tip: Packing Prescriptions for Travel
June 14, 2010
If you're planning to pack prescription drugs when traveling by air, there are steps you can take to avoid trouble taking them on board.
Quitting Smoking Before Pregnancy Could Save Babies' Lives
June 10, 2010
Women who quit smoking before they get pregnant may save their babies' lives, says a new study of more than 3 million births.
Glucose 'Tattoo' Could Track Blood Sugar Levels for Diabetics
June 4, 2010
In the future, people with diabetes may be able to monitor their blood sugar levels using a glucose "tattoo.
20% of U.S. High Schoolers Abuse Prescription Drugs
June 3, 2010
One in five high school students in the United States has taken a prescription medication that was not prescribed for them, a new survey shows.
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