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Weekly Drug News Round Up - December 18, 2013

FDA Approves Anoro Ellipta for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD and is the third leading cause of death in the United States Read More...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Anoro Ellipta for the once-daily, long-term maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Anoro combines two inhaled COPD bronchodilator agents, umeclidinium bromide (UMEC), a long-acting muscarinic antagonist and vilanterol (VI), a long-acting beta2 agonist. VI is also found in a once-a-day COPD combination with fluticasone furoate (Breo). Anoro is administered using the Ellipta inhaler and is developed by GlaxoSmithkline and Theravance.

Painful, Prolonged Erections Linked to ADHD Drugs

Providers should be sure patients or caregivers know the signs/symptoms of priapism and stress the need for immediate medical treatment Read More...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Drug Safety Communication concerning methylphenidate, a commonly used attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stimulant medication, and the rare occurrence of priapism. Priapism can occur in males of any age, and happens when blood in the penis becomes trapped, resulting in an abnormally long-lasting and sometimes painful erection. If treatment is delayed, permanent damage may occur to the penis. Methylphenidate goes by the brand names Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Focalin, Metadate, Methylin and Quillivant. A non-stimulant ADHD drug called Strattera (atomoxetine) has also been linked with priapism.

Multivitamins Offer No Health Benefit: Study

Three studies confirm that Americans can stop wasting their money on multivitamins Read More...

Replacing a diet lacking in healthful vitamins with ones bought off of the shelf is a waste of money, according to research studies published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  A growing body of evidence suggests that multivitamins offer nothing in the way of health benefits, and some studies suggest that high doses of certain vitamins might even cause harm. Studies show that vitamins do not boost memory or help to prevent death, heart disease, or strokes. Only a minimal benefit has been documented in lowering cancer risk. Experts suggest it is time to stop researching the benefits of vitamins, because the studies are now conclusive.

Cymbalta: Blockbuster Now Approved in Generic Formulation

Generic versions of the antidepressant Cymbalta available from Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Sun Pharma Global, Teva Pharmaceuticals, others Read More...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first generic versions of Eli Lilly’s Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), a prescription medicine used to treat depression and other conditions. In 2012-2013, Cymbalta has prescription sales close to $8.5 billion. Generic prescription drugs approved by the FDA have the same high quality and strength as brand-name drugs. Generics approvals eventually save consumers significant dollars on prescriptions, although initially generic prices may stay elevated due to periods of exclusivity (usually 180 days) given to many generic manufacturers.

Antibacterial Soap Makers Must Prove Safety and Effectiveness: FDA

Manufacturers may need to update labels based on clinical trial findings or remove antibacterials from products Read More...

Millions of Americans use popular antibacterial hand soaps and body washes, but now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it wants makers of these products to prove they are safe for long-term daily use. In addition, they must show they are more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain bacterial infections. According the FDA, the risk of infections is low from places where these products are commonly used, such as home, work, and school. Long-term data suggests antibacterials like triclosan or triclocarban could promote bacterial resistance or have effects on hormones.