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CDC recommends new shingles vaccine Shingrix

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now formally recommends Shingrix (zoster vaccine recombinant, adjuvanted) as the vaccine of choice against shingles. It is only the second shingles vaccine to gain US Food and Drug Administration approval; the first was Merck’s drug...

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Opiod cough medicines labeling changed to exclude pediatric use

In the latest step taken by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address the nation's opioid abuse epidemic, the agency has changed the indication of cough medicines containing opioids to exclude all pediatric patients.  Following the latest safety labeling changes, opioid cough and...

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Top 5 Significant New Diabetes Drugs and Treatments in 2017

Diabetes is one of the most prevalent conditions in the United States, with figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggesting almost one in ten people live with the condition, the equivalent to 30 million people across the country.  The majority of cases - nine out of ten...

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Top 6 Important FDA Approvals from 2017

Over the course of 2017, the number of approvals granted by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reached a 21-year high. More than 1,000 generic drugs were approved by the agency, according to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, while first-time generic drug approvals numbered 74. Novel drug...

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3 New Generic Drugs Available in US Pharmacies in 2018

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced plans to speed up the review process for generic drug applications, with the goal of providing patients with more generic medicine options. Generic drugs account for nine out of ten prescriptions in the United States, according to the...

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Juluca: US pharmacies now stocking two-drug HIV treatment

Juluca (dolutegravir and rilpivirine), the first two-drug regimen for certain patients with HIV is now available in pharmacies across the United States. In November 2017, Viiv Healthcare, owned by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, gained US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for...

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FDA takes steps to speed up review of generic drug applications

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced new measures to streamline its generic drug application review process. The agency is working to reduce the number of review cycles required for generic applications before they can be approved for use in the United States, FDA Commissioner...

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FDA to crack down on potentially unsafe homeopathic treatments

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its intention to introduce a new “risk-based enforcement approach” to protect consumers from unproven homeopathic products that could be potentially harmful to their health.  According to the Center for Drug Evaluation and...

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Two type 2 diabetes drugs from Merck and Pfizer gain FDA approval

Pharmacies in the United States will soon stock two more medications for treating type 2 diabetes after pharmaceutical giants Merck and Pfizer had a pair of products approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Steglujan (ertugliflozin and sitagliptin) and Steglatro (ertugliflozin) were...

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Aurobindo’s generic Seroquel XR receives FDA approval

Aurobindo Pharma has received US Food and Drug Administration approval for its quetiapine fumarate extended-release tablets (50mg, 150mg, 200mg, 300mg, and 400mg). The medication is a bioequivalent of the AstraZeneca drug Seroquel XR and is therapeutically equivalent to this...

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FDA approves first nebulized LAMA treatment for COPD

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sunovion’s Lonhala Magnair (glycopyrrolate), making it the first nebulized long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) treatment in the United States for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is expected to appear in...

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