Coronavirus: Niti CEO to find ways to reduce drug import dependence on China
The list has been compiled by the drug regulatory authority and contains antibiotics like azithromycin, amoxicillin, ofloxacin, metronidazole, vitamins such as B12, B1, B6 and E, female hormone progesterone and anticardiac arrest drug atorvastatin, among others. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - February 20, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Clinicians in the dark about potential harms of commonly prescribed beta blocker
Better understanding needed to stave off overdose deaths, warns HSIB Related items fromOnMedica Withdrawn valsartan meds not linked to short-term cancer risk Too few women take part in many CVD clinical trials Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Cannabinoids not recommended to treat cancer-related pain GPs defend practice on prescribing statins (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 19, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statins 'block an enzyme thought to trigger ovarian cancer' 
Women who naturally exhibit lower levels of an enzyme blocked by statins have an estimated 40 per cent lower risk of ovarian cancer, a study by Bristol University found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could statins lower the risk of ovarian cancer?
In the UK, ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer in females*. A new study has found evidence to suggest that statins could lower the risk of women developing ovarian cancer. The research led by the University of Bristol, and funded by Cancer Research UK, is published today [18 February] in JAMA. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - February 18, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Health, Research, International; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Institutes, Bristol Population Health Science Institute; Press Release Source Type: news

Cholesterol Drugs Might Help Curb Prostate Cancers
The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but it found that statins, taken alone or with metformin, did seem associated with an increase in survival. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cholesterol Drugs Might Help Curb'High-Risk' Prostate Cancers
FRIDAY, Feb. 14, 2020 -- Drugs that many men with prostate cancer might already be taking -- cholesterol-lowering statins -- may help extend their survival if they have a " high-risk " form of the disease, new research suggests. High-risk patients... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - February 14, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Fears China ’s lockdown could impact on medicines supplies
Department of Health and Social Care asks medicines suppliers to assess risks and hold on to Brexit stockpiles Related items fromOnMedica Remedy quest GPs need more time to treat complex needs Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication Poor pain management - a major cause of opioid crisis (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More healthcare professionals to be allowed to prescribe
The Medicines and Medical Devices Bill will expand number of prescribers of low-risk medicines to reduce GP workload Related items fromOnMedica Variations in uptake of prescribing guidance impact on patients Antibiotic scrip rates lower in CAM-trained practices Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication NI launches ‘One Health’ plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 13, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statins may lower mortality in high-risk prostate cancer patients
(Thomas Jefferson University) Statin use alone or with metformin is associated with lower prostate cancer mortality from all causes, among high-risk patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - February 10, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Adverse drug reactions of statins in children and adolescents: a descriptive analysis from VigiBase, the WHO global database of individual case safety reports - Conte C, Rousseau V, Vert C, Montastruc F, Montastruc JL, Durrieu G, Olivier P.
In adults, statins safety profile is well known. However, literature data on their adverse drug reactions (ADRs) remain scarce in children in real life setting. In order to better characterize ADRs related to "real-life" use of statins in children, we revi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Healthy Habits Backslide After Starting Heart Meds
Healthy Habits Backslide After Starting Statins, Antihypertensives (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - February 6, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Study finds that statins CAUSE Type 2 diabetes
(Natural News) If you’ve ever suspected that certain medical treatments seem to be trading one problem for another, you may be onto something. Case in point: A recent study revealed that people who take statins in hopes of reducing their risk of cardiovascular events could be raising their risk of diabetes in the process. In... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthy Habits Backslide After Starting Statins, Antihypertensives Healthy Habits Backslide After Starting Statins, Antihypertensives
New findings suggest initiating these preventive medications is associated with lifestyle changes, some positive and others negative.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - February 6, 2020 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Largest ever evaluation of the cardiovascular risk of rosiglitazone published
Analysis of raw individual patient level data gives more accurate picture of drug ’s link to heart problems Related items fromOnMedica People on statins at greater risk of skin infections and diabetes Adding insulin to metformin linked to higher mortality Vitamin D does not reduce kidney damage in type 2 diabetes Raised risk of MI and mortality when starting sulfonylurea Use of DPP-4 inhibitors associated with increased risk of IBD (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Normal resting heart rate varies widely
Normal resting heart rate can vary from person to person by up to 70 beats per minute Related items fromOnMedica Good midlife heart health linked to lower dementia risk later on Patients question GPs ’ motives for prescribing statins Papworth Hospital cleared to resume heart ops Marathon running can boost vascular age Migraine may be linked to heightened cardiovascular disease risk (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 6, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statins and blood pressure pills are not a 'free pass' to avoid healthy habits, experts warn
A study of 40,000 people in Finland suggests unhealthy habits could render the drugs - which are supposed to prevent life-threatening events such as heart attack and stroke - pointless. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Some Lifestyle Changes Suffer With Start of Meds to Cut CV Risk
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 5, 2020 -- Initiation of antihypertensive and statin medication is associated with favorable and unfavorable lifestyle changes, according to a study published online Feb. 5 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Maarit J.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 5, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Meds are not a ‘free pass’ to start or maintain bad habits
People who started CVD meds were more likely to gain weight and cut exercise, as well as to drink less and quit smoking Related items fromOnMedica Should we recognise obesity as a disease? Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention Vitamin D supplements do not confer cardiovascular protection Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients More Scottish GPs needed to fight heart disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 5, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Liquid biopsy is effective predictor of melanoma relapse
Assessment of circulating tumour cells at first clinic visit could help identify patients who need most aggressive therapy Related items fromOnMedica Cancer patients using complementary meds die sooner UK cancer survival improved, but lags behind similar nations Is crowdfunding for cancer patients paying for ‘quackery’? NHS must improve access to screening to save lives Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Doctors unite with campaigners in calling for smokefree 2030
Government must force tobacco manufacturers to fund measures to make England smokefree by 2030 Related items fromOnMedica NHS must improve access to screening to save lives Cancer strategies failed to improve one-year survival Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Doctors urge government to act on rising alcohol impact Health-focused line on drugs misuse would save lives and money (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 4, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

1% of doctors account for half of all opioid doses and a quarter of scrips in US
Efforts to discourage inappropriate opioid prescribing should focus on those high prescribers and their patients Related items fromOnMedica Health-focused line on drugs misuse would save lives and money Marijuana legalisation linked to rise in abuse and car crashes Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Prescription drug dependence linked to deprivation (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 31, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statin drugs claim to lower cholesterol but are INEFFECTIVE at preventing heart disease
(Natural News) We’ve all had it drilled into our heads that high cholesterol is bad and bringing it down with statins can prevent a heart attack. However, that doesn’t explain why many people who take statins still end up developing cardiovascular disease. A recent study shows that there’s far more to the cardiovascular disease equation... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

High calcium density on CCTA linked to lower risk of ACS
High levels of plaque calcification on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) scans...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: CCTA, functional tests stratify heart disease risk by age Onsite FFR-CT tops CCTA in detecting coronary stenosis CCTA reveals statins may lower mortality in low-risk CAD CCTA biomarker may predict mortality from heart disease CCTA biomarker spots high-risk plaques in heart disease (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 22, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Cannabinoids not recommended to treat cancer-related pain
No more effective than placebo; and their help with sleep problems might be short-lived as tolerance develops Related items fromOnMedica Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients UK research reveals racial inequalities in diabetes care Fund specialist dementia training to improve care and save money New evidence on benzodiazepine link to Alzheimer ’s (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 21, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Statin drugs claim to lower cholesterol but are INEFFECTIVE at preventing heart disease
(Natural News) We’ve all had it drilled into our heads that high cholesterol is bad and bringing it down with statins can prevent a heart attack. However, that doesn’t explain why many people who take statins still end up developing cardiovascular disease. A recent study shows that there’s far more to the cardiovascular disease equation... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Racial disparities in dementia prescribing
Study finds unequal dementia care Related items fromOnMedica Fund specialist dementia training to improve care and save money NHS care lets down 'far too many patients' Experts urge radical action on mental health crises CQC's State of Care report finds standards improving but warns of pressures Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 20, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

The Mail's own NHS doctor MAX PEMBERTON reveals the health secrets to transform your life 
DR MAX PEMBERTON: As a nation we've become enormously reliant on medication to manage our health and we happily reach for statins or blood pressure tablets. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating more veg didn ’t affect prostate cancer outcomes
Telephone intervention linked to rise in men ’s vegetable consumption but not to drop in risk of progression Related items fromOnMedica Less regular PSA screening puts men at risk NICE guidance delays hinder good diabetes care Population weight control best for cutting diabetes prevalence Starting statins not beneficial in many older adults NHS must hold CCGs accountable for poor diabetes care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 16, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

‘Normal’ Human Body Temperature Has Changed in the Last Century
Whether you have a stomachache, a wrist sprain or a chronic disease, one of the first things doctors and nurses will do at an appointment is take your temperature. A normal temperature means your body is humming along the way it should. A higher temperature means you have a fever, and shows your body could be fighting an infection. And since 1871, “normal” has meant 98.6°F (37°C). That number was determined by a German physician, based on millions of readings from 25,000 German patients, taken by sticking thermometers under their arms. When doctors in the U.S. and Europe repeated the experiment in local...
Source: TIME: Health - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized fever health inflammation Research Source Type: news

Statin use and dementia after a concussion in older adults - Kawada T.
There are inconsistent results on the association between statin use and the risk of dementia. Power et al. conducted a systematic review and concluded that randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and well-conducted observational studies did not support a ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 14, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Cholesterol-busting jab to go on trial in NHS
World-first population-level deal announced Related items fromOnMedica Women less likely than men to achieve CHD targets Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients GPs defend practice on prescribing statins Point-of-care CRP tests could save NHS millions Severe eczema linked to cardiovascular problems (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 14, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Can coenzyme Q10 prevent statin side effects?
A Mayo Clinic specialist discusses the use of coenzyme Q10 to prevent statin side effects. (Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NHS to trial twice-yearly injection alternative to statins
Mass trial of drug inclisiran comes after health service strikes deal with NovartisThe NHS is to launch a mass trial of an as-yet unapproved twice-yearly cholesterol-lowering injection, which it hopes will save lives and cut medical bills for thousands of people who do not take statins.About 40,000 people with high “bad” or low-density lipoprotein cholesterol will be invited to join the trial of inclisiran by NHS England via their GPs. The NHS has struck a novel deal with drugmaker Novartis, which will provide the injections free in exchange for the results of the five-year trial, which will be run by the NHS s...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 13, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Heart disease NHS Society Health Statins Drugs Science Novartis UK news Pharmaceuticals industry Source Type: news

AHA News: Statins May Do Double Duty on Heart Disease and Cancer
Title: AHA News: Statins May Do Double Duty on Heart Disease and CancerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/6/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/7/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General)
Source: MedicineNet Cholesterol General - January 7, 2020 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

AHA News: Statins May Do Double Duty on Heart Disease and Cancer
(Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - January 6, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Cardiology, Oncology, Pharmacy, News, Source Type: news

AHA News: Statins May Do Double Duty on Heart Disease and Cancer
MONDAY, Jan. 6, 2020 (American Heart Association News) -- About 40 million adults in the U.S. take a statin to lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk for heart disease. They might also be getting an added anti-cancer benefit, a growing body of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 6, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

NHS issues ‘party drip’ health warning
Celebrity endorsed hangover cure IV drips are potentially harmful says NHS medical director Related items fromOnMedica Playing to type: why diabetes education isn ’t one-size-fits-all How GPs can address Babylon ’s burning platform Better support after self-harm will reduce suicide-risk Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention Northern Ireland GP patients encourage self-care (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 2, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Don't Stop the Statin! Don't Stop the Statin!
A new study reinforces the notion that continuing statins for those over the age of 75 is beneficial--and stopping them prematurely can be detrimental.European Heart Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology Journal Article Source Type: news

Cystic Fibrosis boy gets new drug after NHS discount deal
Negotiations with US pharmaceutical company means that some 5,000 NHS patients will benefit Related items fromOnMedica Drug firm urged to cut £100,000 price of cystic fibrosis drug Life-changing cystic fibrosis drug cost 'should be lowered' Health-focused line on drugs misuse would save lives and money TB could be cured by four months ’ treatment in many patients Statins of small and uncertain benefit in primary prevention (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 24, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

New Vascepa Approval Opens Up Treatment to Millions New Vascepa Approval Opens Up Treatment to Millions
The high-dose fish oil product is being touted as the most significant event in cardiovascular prevention since statins, but the broad indication granted has left some unsure.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - December 19, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Cannabis use could affect structure of heart
Regular users found to have enlarged left ventricle and early signs of impaired heart function Related items fromOnMedica Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication Patients question GPs ’ motives for prescribing statins GP prescribing of opioids is still rising Antidepressants linked to risk of weight gain, study shows New guidance on valproate use in women (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 19, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Commercial framework: working in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry for the benefit of patients
The NHS in England spends around £18 billion on medicines a year. It must do everything it can to get access to innovative medicines for patients, while making sure it does so at great value and cost-effective prices to the NHS and taxpayers, writes Blake Dark, commercial medicines director for NHS England Related items fromOnMedica Pharmacists could offer high-dose statins direct to patients Clinicians need better options if we are to stop over-medication GPs need more time to treat complex needs Stroke survivors need more help taking medicine Prescription drug dependence linked to deprivation (Source: OnMedica Views)
Source: OnMedica Views - December 17, 2019 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

FDA Gives Expanded Approval to Prescription Fish Oil for Heart Patients
MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave expanded approval to a prescription form of fish oil called Vascepa, to help prevent heart trouble in people at high risk who are already taking statins. Vascepa... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 16, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Gives Expanded Approval to Prescription Fish Oil, Vascepa, for Heart Patients
MONDAY, Dec. 16, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday gave expanded approval to a prescription form of fish oil called Vascepa, to help prevent heart trouble in people at high risk who are already taking statins. Vascepa... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 16, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

FDA Approves Amarin's Vascepa for CV Risk Reduction FDA Approves Amarin's Vascepa for CV Risk Reduction
The purified, high-dose form of eicosapentaenoic acid was approved for elevated triglycerides as an add-on to high-dose statins, following a unanimously positive advisory-panel recommendation.FDA Approvals (Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Cardiology Headlines - December 14, 2019 Category: Cardiology Tags: Cardiology News Alert Source Type: news

FDA approves use of drug to reduce risk of cardiovascular events in certain adult patient groups
FDA expands the indication of Vascepa (icosapent ethyl) capsules to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events as an adjunct to maximally tolerated statin therapy in high-risk adult patients with elevated triglyceride levels. It is a fish oil-derived omega-3 fatty acid product indicated to reduce the (Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New)
Source: FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research - What's New - December 13, 2019 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: FDA Source Type: news

Heart failure cases set to reach 32 million by 2028, forecasts suggest
Prevalence set to soar by 40% among older people in eight major country markets, including the UK, forecast suggests Related items fromOnMedica Coronary heart disease remains UK ’s biggest killer Women less likely than men to achieve CHD targets Type 2 diabetes in 10 times more young people than realised NICE says far more people should take statins Apply different obesity criteria to BME patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 13, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Metabolic adaptation ensures survival of colon cancer cells
(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) Colon cancer cells deficient in p53, one of the most important control proteins in cell growth, activate a particular metabolic pathway to adapt to the lack of oxygen and nutrients inside the tumor. Statins, which are often prescribed to lower cholesterol, block this metabolic pathway and cause the cancer cells to die, as scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) have now discovered. The researchers now intend to investigate this potential treatment strategy in more detail in cancer cells and animal experiments. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 12, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Statin Use for Secondary Prevention of CVD Remains Suboptimal Statin Use for Secondary Prevention of CVD Remains Suboptimal
Have rates of statin use for secondary prevention improved over the last decade? Do disparities still exist by gender or racial/ethnic groups?Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - December 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA testing metformin for traces of nitrosamines
MHRA aware of issue and advises patients to continue to taking their diabetes medicine Related items fromOnMedica People on statins at greater risk of skin infections and diabetes Raised risk of MI and mortality when starting sulfonylurea Use of DPP-4 inhibitors associated with increased risk of IBD Vitamin D does not reduce kidney damage in type 2 diabetes Use pioglitazone only in selected patients, says EMA guidance (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 10, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news