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Weekly Drug News Round-Up: November 2, 2016

Will a Male Birth Control Shot Prevent Pregnancy?

The shot works by lowering a man’s sperm count Read More...

The birth control pill was a major medical discovery of the 20th century, allowing women to plan a family and career on their timeline. Now, research is ongoing into a male birth control shot, but side effects have quickly halted at least one study. Only 4 pregnancies occurred in women from 266 men who received the testosterone/progestin shot given every 8 weeks. However, side effects like mood swings and depression occurred so frequently that the study was stopped early. Further research will go on, as results show a male hormonal contraceptive injection can suppress sperm counts and prevent pregnancy.

Vermox Chewable Approved

Presently, there are no plans to make Vermox Chewable commercially available Read More...

Mebendazole is an anthelmintic used to treat intestinal worm infections such as pinworm, roundworm, and hookworm. It works by blocking uptake of glucose that the worm needs in order to survive. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has now approved a new formulation of mebendazole - Vermox Chewable (mebendazole chewable 500mg tablets) - for the treatment of patients one year of age and older with gastrointestinal infections caused by Ascaris lumbricoides (roundworm) and Trichuris trichiura (whipworm). Johnson & Johnson plans to include the chewable version in its donation program in countries where these infections are endemic. Generic mebendazole is no longer available in the U.S.

Investigational Skin Patch Tested for Peanut Allergy

Mild skin reactions, such as itching or rash at the site of the patch, were commonly reported side effects Read More...

As published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, an investigational allergy patch may help those with peanut allergies to become more tolerant. Researchers enrolled 74 participants, aged 4 to 25, who were allergic to peanuts. The volunteers were randomly assigned to wear either a high-dose patch that delivered peanut proteins (250 micrograms), a low-dose patch (100 micrograms) or a placebo patch, changing it daily. After one year, 46 to 48% of the study participants who wore the active patches could consume at least 10 times more peanut protein than at the start. In the placebo group, only 12% could do the do the same.

Opioid Overdoses in Our Nation’s Youth Rise 200 Percent

Researchers found most hospitalized kids were white (74 percent) and covered by private insurance (49 percent) Read More...

Overprescribing has left opioid painkillers in millions of homes available for mishaps. Among children aged 1 to 4 years, the number of poisonings - primarily accidental - went up 205 percent from 1997 to 2012, as reported this week in JAMA Pediatrics. For teens ages 15 to 19, the increase was 176 percent. The increase in cases involving painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin was dramatic. Teen poisonings involving heroin and methadone also spiked and opioids can be taken in teen suicides. Adults must properly dispose of old medicines and store them securely. Toddlers can mistake colorful pills as candy and teens will steal them - both of which could lead to catastrophic results.

Will Cranberry Capsules Prevent a UTI?

Cranberry juice, capsules, powder, and even gummies are often promoted to help prevent UTIs Read More...

Urinary tract infections are the most commonly diagnosed infection among nursing home patients. In a recent study in Journal of the American Medical Association, Yale researchers looked at women living in nursing homes, whose average age was 86. The researchers found no difference in the percent of women who had a UTI among those taking cranberry capsules or placebo (29.1 percent versus 29 percent, respectively) or in the number of UTIs over one year. Experts conclude: when you have urinary tract infection, it needs to be treated with antibiotics. Hydration - drinking plenty of fluids -  is likely the most important measure to help prevent urinary tract infections.