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Vol 72 - August 2010
Featured News
Prescription Painkillers Could Be New 'Gateway' Drugs
August 2010
Prescription medicines are the way that many drug addicts first get hooked, making these legal medicines the new "gateway" drugs, new study findings show. Read more...
New Drug Approvals
The following drugs have recently been approved by the FDA.
Date of Approval: August 26, 2010
Treatment for: Hypertension
Tekamlo Drug Information | Press Release
Date of Approval: August 13, 2010
Treatment for: Postcoital Contraception
ella Drug Information | Press Release
Date of Approval: July 30, 2010
Treatment for: Cervical Dystonia, Blepharospasm
Xeomin 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 Regimen: August 5, 2010
Now Approved: Longer Treatment Period
Valcyte 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.
Naratriptan Hydrochloride Tablets
1 mg (base) and 2.5 mg (base)
Approved: July 7, 2010 - Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.; Sandoz Inc.; Roxane Laboratories, Inc.
Generic for: Amerge
Clindamycin Palmitate Hydrochloride for Oral Solution
75 mg (base)/5 mL
Approved: July 7, 2010 - Paddock Laboratories, Inc.
Generic for: Cleocin Pediatric Flavored Granules For Oral Solution
Desloratadine Orally Disintegrating Tablets
2.5 mg and 5 mg
Approved: July 12, 2010 - Dr.Reddy's Pharmaceutical Company
Generic for: Clarinex Reditabs
Other Drug News
Pediatric Group Issues New Flu Shot Guidelines
August 30, 2010
All children and adolescents 6 months of age and older should receive the annual trivalent influenza vaccine this flu season, according to updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Food Better Than Supplements for Cancer Prevention: Expert
August 27, 2010
Nutritional supplements are popular among Americans but people need to educate themselves and use caution when using these products to try to reduce their risk of cancer, says a University of Texas expert.
Study Suggests Statins Could Help Some With Normal Cholesterol
August 25, 2010
Cholesterol-lowering statins could go a long way toward protecting against heart disease among patients who are deemed to have an "intermediate risk" for cardiovascular trouble, a new study suggests.
Antibiotics Now Recommended Before C-Sections
August 25, 2010
Pregnant women about to undergo a cesarean delivery should be given antibiotics right before the procedure to help prevent infections, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends.
Heart Risks the Same With 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study
August 24, 2010
A new study finds that the risk of heart attacks or death after taking the glucose-lowering diabetes drugs Avandia and Actos are about the same.
Vitamin D May Influence Genes for Cancer, Autoimmune Disease
August 24, 2010
Scientists have discovered a link between vitamin D and genes related to autoimmune diseases and cancer.
Alcohol May Raise Risk for Certain Breast Cancers
August 23, 2010
Although experts have long suspected alcohol to be a breast cancer risk factor, new research suggests it's most strongly linked to certain breast tumor types.
More U.S. Teens Get Recommended Vaccines
August 19, 2010
More American teenagers are getting their recommended vaccinations, federal health officials reported Thursday.
Human Meds Are Pets' Biggest Poisoning Danger
August 13, 2010
When John D'Amato arrived home early from work one day, he found an empty bottle of ibuprofen on the living room floor - and one very sick pet.
Recession Causing Cancer Patients to Quit Life-Extending Drugs
August 4, 2010
In 2009 and 2010, as the economic collapse shuddered across the globe, oncologists in California noticed a troubling trend: Three patients who had had serious tumors under control for as long as eight years reappeared in the clinic with massive cancer regrowth which, in one case, required emergency surgery.
Poll Shows Rise in 'Cyberchondriacs'
August 4, 2010
The debate about health care reform may be one reason why the number of "cyberchondriacs" in the United States increased from 154 million last year to 175 million this year, a new survey suggests.
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