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Do cholesterol drugs really work?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I read a cover story in a national magazine that claimed there is much question about the need to lower cholesterol and to prescribe statin medicines. I can’t believe this story wasn’t front-page news, since 18 million Americans take statin drugs. People taking statins are exposed to the risks of muscle pain, […]

Obama’s budget proposal includes plan to legalize importation of foreign-made drugs.

Friday, February 27th, 2009

 The Washington Times (2/27, Lengell) reports, “President Obama’s 2010 budget proposal introduced Thursday reopens some long-standing healthcare debates, including a plan to legalize the importation of foreign-made drugs.” The proposal “supports the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new efforts to allow Americans to buy safe and effective drugs from other countries.” Supporters contend that “the […]

Simple Steps Can Make A Big Difference In Managing Nasal Allergies

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

As this year’s spring nasal allergy season quickly approaches, people living with nasal allergies should take steps to manage their symptoms and ward off allergens before they hit home. To help the nation’s estimated 40 million nasal allergy sufferers prepare for indoor and outdoor allergies, UCB and sanofi-aventis have enlisted a team of nasal allergy […]

Allergies and asthma can occur together

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

How you can prevent attacks and manage symptoms You may wonder what allergies and asthma have in common besides a maddening ability to make you miserable.  A lot, as it turns out. Allergies and asthma often occur together. In fact, allergic asthma (allergy-induced asthma) is the most common type of asthma in the United States. […]

Eye drug has side effect of producing longer, thicker eyelashes.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

 USA Today (2/23, Lloyd) reports that “another drug is getting a second life because of desirable side effects.” Lumigan [bimatoprost], “a drug Allergan produced to treat glaucoma,” has the side effect of producing “longer, thicker, and darker eyelashes.” The pharmaceutical company recently “developed a spinoff called Latisse, which the” Food and Drug Administration “approved for […]

Prasugrel approved in Europe to treat heart patients after angioplasty.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

 Bloomberg News (2/23, Cortez) reported, “Eli Lilly & Co. and Daiichi Sankyo Co.’s blood thinner Efient [prasugrel] won European approval for treating heart patients who get artery-clearing angioplasty procedures.” In a study, the drug “prevented more heart attacks, strokes, and deaths than Plavix [clopidogrel bisulfate].” The drug “also reduced by 50 percent the number of […]

Drug industry group strives to win Democrats’ trust.

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The Politico (2/25, Frates) reports, “Pharmaceutical companies have spent more than two years and tens of millions of dollars working to shed their reputation as a Republican hatchet squad. But, making the turn to the center has been especially difficult for an industry whose one-sided political strategy was legendary.” Notably, “other industries that hewed closer […]

U.S. Health Care Spending Will Soar to $2.5 Trillion in 2009; More Than a Band-Aid is Needed To Stop the Bleeding

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

U.S. Health Care Spending Will Soar to $2.5 Trillion in 2009; More Than a Band-Aid is Needed To Stop the Bleeding Source: New estimates indicate that health care spending in the United States will reach $2.5 trillion in 2009, costing each American about $8,000 and consuming 17.6 of the economy in the largest one-year […]

Generic blood-pressure drug in short supply

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Patients seeking a common blood-pressure medicine are finding shortages of the generic version at some area pharmacies. The generic version of Toprol XL (metoprolol), a time-released beta blocker, has been in short supply in recent weeks after recalls by two producers. Beta blockers are used primarily by cardiac patients to control blood pressure and the rate […]

Depression often linked with pain

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Like the famous question, “Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” both depression and pain can be the other’s cause or effect. While depression can generate and amplify pain due to an imbalance in neurotransmitters, extended pain, in turn, can cause a person to become depressed. Over 75 percent of patients with depression complain […]

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