FDA takes important steps to encourage appropriate and rational prescribing of opioids through final approval of new safety measures governing the use of immediate-release opioid analgesic medications
September 18, 2018 -- Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took new steps as part of its broader efforts to address the opioid crisis by approving the final Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). This new plan... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Socioeconomic Status Lower Among U.S. Sexual Minorities
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Sexual minorities, especially females, are of lower socioeconomic status (SES) than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a study published online Sept. 6 in the Journal of Epidemiology& Community... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Sport Specialization Tied to Pediatric Overuse Injury
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Sport specialization in children and adolescents is associated with an increased risk of overuse musculoskeletal injuries, according to a review published in the September issue of Pediatrics. David R. Bell, Ph.D., from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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U.S. Senate Passes Opioids Bill
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- The Senate on Monday passed on a 99-1 vote legislation aimed at curbing the nation's ongoing opioid addiction crisis. The comprehensive bipartisan package earmarks billions of dollars to prevent cross-border opioid... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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FDA Ad Campaign Hopes to Halt E-Cigarette Use Among Teens
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday launched a new ad campaign aimed at curbing rampant e-cigarette use among American teens. The new program, called " The Real Cost " Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign, is... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Active Choice Intervention Tied to Increase in Flu Shot Rates
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- An active choice intervention is associated with an increase in influenza vaccination rates, according to a study published online Sept. 14 in JAMA Network Open. Rebecca H. Kim, M.D., M.P.H., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Drug Prices Increase More Than Expected After Shortages
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Prices for drugs under shortage increase more than twice as quickly as expected in the absence of a shortage, according to a research letter published online Sept. 18 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Inmaculada... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Incident Contrast Sensitivity Common in Middle-Aged Adults
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- The risk of incident contrast sensitivity (CS) impairment is increased with factors such as cadmium exposure and older age, according to a study published online Sept. 13 in JAMA Ophthalmology. Adam J. Paulsen, from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Scribes Improve Physician Workflow, Patient Interaction
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Use of medical scribes is associated with decreased physician documentation burden, improved work efficiency, and improved patient interactions, according to a study published online Sept. 17 in JAMA Internal... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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2006 to 2015 Saw Increase in Severe Maternal Morbidity
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- From 2006 to 2015, the proportion of women experiencing severe maternal morbidity increased 45 percent, according to a statistical brief published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Kathryn R. Fingar,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Many Middle, High Schoolers Report E-Cigarette Cannabis Use
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Nearly one in 11 U.S. middle and high school students used cannabis in electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in 2016, according to a research letter published online Sept. 17 in JAMA Pediatrics. Katrina F. Trivers, Ph.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Review: Treatments for Primary Basal Cell Carcinoma Compared
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- For patients with primary basal cell carcinoma (BCC), estimated recurrence rates are similarly low for excision, Mohs surgery, curettage and diathermy, and external-beam radiation, according to a review and meta-analysis... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Compliance With Requirement to Report Results on EUCTR Is Poor
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Half of trials on the European Union Clinical Trials Register (EUCTR) are non-compliant with the European Commission's requirement that all trials post results to the registry within 12 month of completion, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Tips for Advising Patients Living in Highly Polluted Settings
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- Clinicians advising families living overseas in highly polluted settings should understand their patients'concerns and have a network of resources to draw upon for guidance, according to an article published in the Aug. 1... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Tafamidis Treats Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- In patients with transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy, treatment with tafamidis reduces all-cause mortality and cardiovascular-related hospitalizations versus placebo, according to a study published in the Sept. 13 issue... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Ranolazine Doesn't Cut VT, VF, Death in High-Risk ICD Patients
TUESDAY, Sept. 18, 2018 -- For high-risk patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs), ranolazine does not significantly reduce the risk of ventricular tachycardia (VT) or ventricular fibrillation (VF) requiring appropriate ICD... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Use of Aspirin in Healthy Elderly Questioned in Three Studies
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Low-dose aspirin appears to have limited effect on healthy life span in older people, according to three studies published online Sept. 16 in the New England Journal of Medicine. John J. McNeil, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., from... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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FDA Approves Device for Acute Coronary Artery Perforations
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The PK Papyrus Covered Coronary Stent System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat acute coronary artery perforations. " An acute coronary artery perforation is a rare, but potentially... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Factors Predictive of Escalated Care in Infant Bronchiolitis ID'd
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Variables have been identified that predict escalated care for infants with bronchiolitis, according to a study published in the September issue of Pediatrics. Gabrielle Freire, M.D., from the University of Toronto, and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Many Foster Kids Inappropriately Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- A new report finds that foster children are often given powerful psychiatric medicines without regard for proper safeguards. The report, coming from the inspector general's office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Proportion of Female Authors Rising in Cardiology Literature
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Over the last two decades, the proportion of women in the first and senior authorship positions has increased in academic cardiology literature, according to an article published in the Aug. 7 issue of the Journal of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Decrease in Infant Walker-Related Injuries Since 2010
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Following implementation of a federal mandatory safety standard on infant walkers in 2010, there was a decrease in the number of infant walker-related injuries, according to a study published online Sept. 17 in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Potentially Inappropriate Opioid Prescribing Tied to Overdose
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Potentially inappropriate prescribing (PIP) of opioids is associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality and fatal and nonfatal overdose, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Ambient Particulate Matter Linked to Emergency Asthma Care
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Ambient particulate matter concentrations are associated with emergency/urgent care visits among individuals with asthma, according to a study published in the Aug. 1 issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Drug Prices Seem Not to Be Influenced by Their Value
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- For commonly prescribed cardiovascular drugs, there is no evidence that drug prices are influenced by their value, according to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs. Jonathan D. Campbell, Ph.D., from the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Many RA Patients' Pain Related to Central Nervous System
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Centralized pain pathways may coexist with more established peripheral inflammation-driven pathways in some patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published in the July issue of Arthritis&... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Geographic Disparities Seen in Distribution of Dermatologists
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- There are substantial disparities in the geographic distribution of dermatologists that are worsening with time, according to a study published online Sept. 5 in JAMA Dermatology. Hao Feng, M.D., from New York University in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Model Estimates Mortality in Patients Waiting for Hearts
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- For patients with advanced heart failure who are listed for transplantation, mortality risk is related to adverse events and end-organ dysfunction that vary over time, according to a study published in the Aug. 7 issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Association Health Plans Can Help Small Businesses Offer Coverage
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- Association health plans (AHPs) will provide small businesses with more choices, access, and coverage options, although critics warn that they may undermine the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace, according to an article... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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No Evidence for Milk Increasing Mucus Production From Lungs
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- There is no evidence to support the myth that milk increases mucus production from the lungs, according to a review published online Sept. 6 in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Ian M. Balfour-Lynn, M.D., from the Royal... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Mercury in Traditional Tibetan Medicine Could Be Harmful
MONDAY, Sept. 17, 2018 -- The high mercury (Hg) concentration contained in traditional Tibetan medicine (TTM) could be harmful to humans and contribute to the environmental Hg burden in Tibet, according to a study published in the Aug. 7 issue of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Poor Maternal Bonding for Women Denied Abortion
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Poor maternal bonding is more common for children born to women who are denied access to abortion, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in JAMA Pediatrics. Diana Greene Foster, Ph.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Patrons of'Vampire Facial' Spa May Have Been Exposed to HIV
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Customers of an Albuquerque spa who received a " vampire facial " are being warned that they may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C through human blood used in the controversial procedure. In a vampire... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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FDA Approves Novel Treatment for Hairy Cell Leukemia
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Lumoxiti (moxetumomab pasudotox-tdfk) injection has been approved to treat certain instances of relapsed or refractory hairy cell leukemia (HCL), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. Lumoxiti, a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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FDA Finds Another Carcinogen in Certain Valsartan Heart Meds
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that it has found a second impurity in three lots of Torrent Pharmaceuticals'valsartan drug products. The FDA first recalled valsartan medicines back in July, after the Chinese... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Final CDC Update on Salmonella Linked to Backyard Poultry
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- At least 334 people in 47 states have been sickened in Salmonella outbreaks linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-one percent of the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Genetic Testing Recommended for Familial Hypercholesterolemia
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Genetic testing should become the standard of care for patients with definite or probable familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), according to a statement published in the Aug. 7 issue of the Journal of the American College of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Many Older Adults Transition to Long-Term Benzodiazepine Use
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- More than one-quarter of older adults newly prescribed benzodiazepine by an non-psychiatric clinician transition to long-term use, according to a research letter published online Sept. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Lauren... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Opioid Refills Rare After Rhinoplasty
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- For patients undergoing rhinoplasty, postoperative opioid refills are extremely rare, according to a research letter published online Sept. 6 in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery. Rosh K.V. Sethi, M.D., M.P.H., from Harvard... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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CDC: Some Sexual Minorities Have Higher Sexual Risk Behaviors
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Bisexual females and " not sure " male students report higher prevalences for many sexual risk behaviors than heterosexual students, according to research published in the Sept. 14 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Extreme Flooding Can Up Exposure to Pathogens
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Extreme flooding, such as was seen in Hurricane Harvey, can increase exposure to pathogens, according to a research letter published recently in Environmental Science& Technology. Pingfeng Yu, Ph.D., from Rice... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Recommendations Issued for Enhancing ICU Diagnostic Safety
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Identifying and reducing diagnostic errors in the intensive care unit (ICU) should be a top priority, according to a perspective article published in the Aug. 1 issue of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. Paul A.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Small Reduction in Lung Function With Tx De-Escalation in COPD
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- A de-escalation from triple therapy to indacaterol/glycopyrronium may lead to a small reduction in lung function in non-frequently exacerbating patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) but no difference in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Situation Framing, Language Can Influence Decision-Making
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- How a situation is framed and the language used to describe risks can influence patients'decision-making, according to an article published in Physicians Practice. Patients tend to focus more strongly on the potential risk... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Sales of Flavored E-Cigarette Products Up Since 2012
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Sales of flavored electronic cigarette products have increased dramatically since 2012, according to a study published online Aug. 23 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Preventing Chronic... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Folic Acid Past First Trimester Doesn't Prevent Preeclampsia
FRIDAY, Sept. 14, 2018 -- Supplementation with folic acid beyond the first trimester does not prevent preeclampsia among high-risk women, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in The BMJ. Shi Wu Wen, Ph.D., from the Ottawa Research... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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CDC: About One in Five U.S. Adults Have Chronic Pain
THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 -- About 20.4 percent of U.S. adults have chronic pain and 8.0 percent have high-impact chronic pain, according to research published in the Sept. 14 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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No Apparent Short-Term Cancer Risk From Recalled Valsartan
THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 -- Users of valsartan contaminated with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) seem not to have increased cancer risk, according to a study published online Sept. 12 in The BMJ. Anton Potteg ård, Ph.D., from the University of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Including Calorie Count on Menus Can Cut Calories Ordered
THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 -- Including calorie count information on restaurant menus can result in a reduction in calories ordered, specifically in appetizers and entrees, according to a policy paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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Experts Advise Against Universal DNA Sequencing of Newborns
THURSDAY, Sept. 13, 2018 -- Newborns should not undergo universal sequencing at birth, according to a report published in the July/August issue of The Hasting Center Report. Josephine Johnston, J.D., from The Hastings Center in Garrison, N.Y., and... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
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