Archive for December, 2008

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Can Crestor turn white hair black?

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Can Crestor turn white hair black?   Q: I am 76 years old, and I take Centrum Silver vitamins, calcium, low-dose aspirin, Crestor for cholesterol, lisinopril for blood pressure, Coenzyme Q10 and Osteo Bi-Flex for arthritis. My doctor has approved all this medication. My problem: I have had gray hair since I was 35, and […]

Consumers cut back on prescription drugs due to economy

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Consumers cut back on prescription drugs due to economy Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Lots of Americans have cut back on restaurants, entertainment and gifts in this challenging economy. But cutting back on medicine? That potentially deadly sacrifice has some pharmacists worried. St. Louis-area pharmacists say they’re getting a lot more questions about splitting pills or […]

Study suggests 11 percent of patients discontinue clopidogrel due to nuisance bleeding.

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Study suggests 11 percent of patients discontinue clopidogrel due to “nuisance bleeding.” Medscape /HeartWire (12/29, O’Riordan) reported that, according to a study published Dec. 10 in the American Journal of Cardiology, patients may experience “‘nuisance bleeding’ on clopidogrel (Plavix) …therapy following stent implantation,” and, as a result, “more than one in 10 of patients stops […]

Researchers say itraconazole may help severe asthma patients who also suffer from sensitivity to certain fungi.

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Researchers say itraconazole may help severe asthma patients who also suffer from sensitivity to certain fungi. Source: DIA Daily HealthDay (12/29, McKeever) reported that, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the antifungal drug itraconazole (Sporanox) “may offer hope for severe asthma patients who also suffer from a […]

New FDA-approved drugs may help you or someone you know

Monday, December 29th, 2008

New FDA-approved drugs may help you or someone you know Source:  Tulsa World Dear Readers, This year, the FDA approved and launched many prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) products that may help you or someone you know. Tapentadol (Rx, oral): This drug is so new that a brand name has yet to be determined. The […]

Asthma sufferers must go green on inhalers this week

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Asthma sufferers must go “green” on inhalers this week With 2008 drawing close, people with asthma and other respiratory ailments only have a few days before the last of the inhalers that use ozone-depleting chemical disappear from pharmacy shelves and are replaced with new “green” devices. Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch With 2008 drawing close, people […]

The High Cost of Drugs in America – Part I

Monday, December 29th, 2008

The High Cost of Drugs in America – Part I Source:  Culture11.com By Rick Ungar The pharmaceutical companies are often viewed as one of the villains in US health care mess. According to a Consumer Reports Health.org survey, 76% of respondents blamed drug makers for the high cost of American health care while 74% percent […]

Seniors warned about mixing OTC and prescription drugs

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Seniors warned about mixing OTC and prescription drugs According to researchers in the United States about 2.2 million seniors put themselves at high risk for drug interactions – they say many non-prescription medication, which are bought over-the-counter (OTC) can produce a harmful drug interactions. The researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center say more […]

Combo Therapy Best for Childhood Anxiety

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Combo Therapy Best for Childhood Anxiety Source:  Ivanhoe Newswire New research suggests a combination of behavioral therapy and drug therapy may be best for children with anxiety disorders. In a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found 59.7 percent of children with anxiety disorders who received cognitive behavioral therapy significantly […]

Prescription Drugs, Without The Doctor?

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Call it cutting out the middleman – except the middleman is your doctor. The idea: allow some prescription drugs to be sold without a prescription, provided pharmacists like Cheri Garvin, the CEO of Leesburg Pharmacy, who CBS News transportation and consumer safety correspondent Nancy Cordes spoke with, perform a quick consultation. “I would say it’s […]

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