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Monthly News Roundup - March 2015

FDA Approves First Biosimilar Product Zarxio On Friday, March 6th the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sandoz’s Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), the first U.S. approved biosimilar. Zarxio, the biosimilar for Amgen’s filgrastim (Neupogen), is a recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to boost white blood cells after cancer...

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Study Casts Doubt on Acetaminophen for Low Back Pain, Arthritis

Acetaminophen -- best known as Tylenol in the United States -- does not appear to help ease lower back pain and offers little relief for the most common form of arthritis, according to a new report. The review of data from 13 studies could challenge existing recommendations on pain relief, experts say. "These results support the reconsideration of...

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Heart Groups Issue Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines

Three leading groups of heart experts have issued updated guidelines that set blood pressure goals for people with heart disease. Specifically, the guidelines reinforce a target blood pressure of less than 140/90 mm Hg for those at risk for heart attack and stroke. The guidelines also set a goal of 130/80 mm Hg for those with heart disease who have...

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FDA Approves New Crushing Option for the Administration of Brilinta

AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) today announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new administration option for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients who are unable to swallow Brilinta 90 mg tablets whole. Unlike other P2Y12 inhibitors, Brilinta has FDA approval to be crushed and administered in water by swallowing or via nasogastric...

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FDA Approves Jadenu (deferasirox) Tablets for Chronic Iron Overload

EAST HANOVER, N.J., March 30, 2015 Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Jadenu (deferasirox) tablets, a new oral formulation of Exjade (deferasirox) tablets for oral suspension, for the treatment of chronic iron overload due to blood transfusions in patients 2 years of age and older, and chronic iron...

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Health Tip: Heading to the Beach?

-- A swim in the ocean can be refreshing and great exercise, but it's important to understand the potential dangers of rip currents before you dive in. The American Red Cross suggests: Stay calm and avoid fighting any rip current. Swim parallel to the beach until you're no longer in the current. Then turn toward the shore. Tread water or float if you're...

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Harnessing the Power of the Poliovirus as a Cancer Cure

Polio, a highly infectious and crippling disease, was certainly one of the most feared viruses in the 20th century. Each year, thousands of children were left paralyzed. Polio has been successfully eliminated in the U.S. for decades due to a widespread vaccine program. So why would a group of researchers be interested in injecting the poliovirus directly...

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Health Tip: Cook Healthier With a Slow Cooker

-- A slow cooker is an easy way to prepare a variety of healthier dishes that are ready for you at the end of a long day. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests: Use weekends or evenings when you have ample time to prepare ingredients. Cut uniformly-sized pieces to ensure that they'll cook evenly. Store ingredients in air-tight containers...

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Exercise Beneficial Even in Polluted Air: Study

The health benefits of exercise appear to outweigh the potential harm of air pollution, according to a new study from Denmark. The findings show that air pollution should not prevent people who live in cities from going outdoors to exercise, said the researchers at the University of Copenhagen. "Even for those living in the most polluted areas of...

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One-Quarter of Narcotic Painkillers Misused, Study Shows

Almost a quarter of powerful narcotic painkillers that are prescribed for chronic pain are misused, and the rate of addiction among patients hovers near 10 percent, a new review shows. The findings raise questions about the benefits of widespread use of these painkillers to treat chronic pain, the researchers said. "On average, misuse was documented...

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Harnessing the Power of the Poliovirus as a Cancer Cure

Polio, a highly infectious and crippling disease, was certainly one of the most feared viruses in the 20th century. Each year, thousands of children were left paralyzed. Polio has been successfully eliminated in the U.S. for decades due to a widespread vaccine program. So why would a group of researchers be interested in injecting the […]

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Biosimilars in 2015: What Can We Expect?

On Friday, March 6th, 2015 the FDA approved Sandoz’s Zarxio, the first official biosimilar that will be made available in the U.S. Zarxio, a recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to boost white blood cells after cancer treatments, is the long-awaited biosimilar for filgrastim (Amgen’s Neupogen). The FDA noted in their briefs that Zarxio was “highly […]

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Drugs.com Adds Mayo Clinic Disease Reference

Drugs.com is pleased to announce it has licensed select content from Mayo Clinic to provide more timely and trustworthy medical condition and disease information. The articles include detailed information about medical diseases such as allergies, back pain, depression, erectile dysfunction, and type 2 diabetes. Each article includes informative sections which may include an overview, symptoms, when […]

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