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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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Fiasp: New Rapid-Acting Mealtime Insulin Approved by FDA

Adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes have a new treatment option available to them following the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to approve Novo Nordisk's rapid-acting mealtime insulin Fiasp (insulin aspart).  The drug is indicated to improve glycemic control in adults...

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Juluca: New two drug HIV treatment approved by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first once-daily, two-drug single pill treatment for certain patients with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Approval for Juluca (dolutegravir and rilpivirine) was granted to ViiV Healthcare, a global specialist in HIV owned by...

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Tobacco products ‘still used by 20% of American adults’

Around 49 million American adults were still using tobacco products in 2015, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products.  The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report...

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Trelegy Ellipta: Triple therapy inhaler for COPD approved by FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new once-daily single inhaler triple therapy for treatment of certain adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  Trelegy Ellipta (furoate, umeclidinium, vilanterol) is indicated for patients on a fixed-dose combination...

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First ever Erdheim-Chester Disease treatment approved by FDA

Zelboraf (vemurafenib) has been approved for treatment of adult patients with a rare cancer of the blood. It is the first medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD).  ECD is a rare blood cancer originating in the bone...

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CDC: Obesity ‘increases risk of 13 types of cancer’

Overweight or obese Americans are at a higher risk of developing cancer, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least 13 different types of cancer are associated with obesity, yet figures suggest more than half of Americans are...

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How to Minimize the Risk of Drug Side Effects

The majority of medication available over-the-counter or with a prescription comes with a risk of side effects, whether minor irritations or more serious health concerns. Each year, emergency rooms across the United States deal with more than 700,000 visits as a result of adverse drug events,...

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FDA Commissioner outlines plans to tackle US opioid epidemic

Scott Gottlieb, MD, US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner, has outlined the FDA's plans to tackle the nation's opioid abuse epidemic. Speaking to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce Hearing, he described opioid addiction as the "biggest crisis facing public health...

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