On February 9th, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Emflaza® (deflazacort) tablets and oral suspension to treat patients age 5 years and older with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disorder that causes progressive muscle deterioration and weakness. Emflaza® is a corticosteroid that works […]
The fight against the diversion of opioids and other controlled substances is heating up in the nation’s health systems, according to experts at a packed session at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). Two major factors are providing the wake-up call […]
Data from a new systematic review and meta-analysis provides evidence the pioglitazone can help prevent secondary stroke in people with abnormal glucose metabolism. Pioglitazone reduced major vascular events after ischemic stroke in a recent randomized controlled trial. The purpose of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis […]
On November 16th, 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted accelerated approval for Darzalex® (daratumumab) to treat patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least three prior treatments. Darzalex® is the first monoclonal antibody approved for treating multiple myeloma.
Multiple myeloma is a form of […]
Diabetes mellitus characterized by hyperglycemia is an increasing worldwide health problem. It is largely classified into insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 1 diabetes) and noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (type 2 diabetes). The type 2 diabetes (T2D) makes up more than 90% of all diabetes cases. Established risk factors for […]
On November 17th, 2016 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Intrarosa® (prasterone) manufactured by Quebec-based Endoceutics Inc.to treat women experiencing moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), due to menopause. Intrarosa® is the first FDA […]
Direct Switching From TNF Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Drugs Shows Beneficial Effect in Non-Responsive Patients
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the most common autoimmune disease, is characterized by persistent synovitis and systemic inflammation. Genetic predisposition as well as autoantibodies and environmental factors, such as smoking, are associated with an increased risk of RA. Traditionally RA has been treated with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) […]
New research from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC) has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease in a mouse model with the use of a commonly used […]
FDA Strengthens Warnings for All Testosterone Containing Products: Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke Associated With Use
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved class-wide labeling changes for all prescription testosterone products to inform of possible increased risk of heart attack and stroke with use, the agency announced today1-3.
The medical use of testosterone and anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) products is FDA-approved as […]
A wearable patch that delivers small amounts of peanut protein through the skin shows promise for treating children and young adults with peanut allergy, with greater benefits for younger children, according to one-year results from an ongoing clinical trial. The treatment, called epicutaneous immunotherapy or EPIT, was […]