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FDA Gives Approval to Generic Crestor

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

The FDA has given approval to a generic form of Crestor for treating Hypertriglyceridemia (high levels of triglycerides) in adults along with diet control Type III Hyperlipoproteinemia (a condition in which the body is unable to properly breakdown triglycerides and cholesterol) along with diet control Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (an inherited disorder in which the levels […]

New gel could deliver medication better than pills

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

For people having trouble swallowing pills, a new gel method may make it easier for them and also delay the release of the medication for maximum effect. The gel is made of a natural sugar called gellan gum, and its potential was uncovered in a project led by Alan Smith, who runs a lab at […]

FDA approves first bio-similar medication

Friday, March 6th, 2015

For the first time in US history, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a bio-similar medication. The medication in question is Zarxio, a bio-similar to Neuopogen. According to the owner of Peoples Pharmacy, this drug may help reduce costs for patients. Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz) is being manufactured by pharmaceutical manufacturer Sandoz, a division of […]

OTC NSAID increases venous thromboembolism risk

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Over-the-counter (OTC) non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) are often taken by people when they have headache or acute pain. However, a study indicates that these NSAIDs may come with a greater risk of blood clots that break loose, known as venous thromboembolisms (VTEs). This link between NSAIDs and VTEs has been largely unexplored until now. The […]

Anticholinergics may cause issues among elderly

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Anticholinergics are common over-the-counter medications that elderly people often take, but a recent has found that it may cause physical issues among them like confusion and difficulty walking. These OTC medications are commonly used to treat bladder leakage or for inducing sleep. This study, led by Noll Campbell, PharmD, of the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis, […]

Big pharma companies look to tap generic drug business in emerging markets.

Friday, February 19th, 2010

On the front of its Business Day section, the New York Times (2/16, B1, Singer) reports, “Some prestigious brand-name pharmaceutical companies that once looked askance at the high-volume, low-cost business of generic drugs are now becoming major purveyors of generic medicines.” Drugmakers, such as Sanofi-Aventis and GlaxoSmithKline “are pursuing a growing consumer base in emerging […]

Fact and Myths about Generic Drugs

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Today, 7 in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. This fact sheet explains how generic drugs are made and approved and debunks some common myths about these products. FACT: FDA requires generic drugs to have the same quality and performance as the brand name drugs. When a generic drug product […]

Why generic drugs are cheaper and just as safe

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Source: Examiner.com, by Sheila Guilloton   Brand name drugs still have a large share of the $130 billion prescription drug market in the U.S.  The big drug companies do spend billions of dollars developing, testing and marketing new drugs. Their objective is no mystery.  It is to provide a good return to their shareholders on their […]

Many Americans Still Have Limited Knowledge of Generic Drugs

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Nearly One-Third Don’t Know or Believe Generics Have Same Active Ingredients and Effectiveness as Brand-Name Drugs; Two-Thirds Don’t Understand Cost Differences 71 Percent Remain Concerned About Drug Costs with One in Four Having Recently Delayed Filling, Not Filled, or Not Taken a Prescription as Instructed to Save Money A new survey by Prescription Solutions, a […]

Generic drugs not as effective as brands? Show us the evidence.

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Consumer Reports has long advocated the use of generic drugs because they are not only as effective and safe as their branded counterparts but cost less too. So when a segment aired last week on the Today Show that warned about the use of generic drugs to treat epilepsy and other disorders, based on a […]

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