Humira, Enbrel, Xarelto—these are some of the many expensive brand drugs that cost well over $400 per month, leaving many to count down the days until a cost-effective generic is approved. But how long will we have to wait? As much as 40 years in some cases.
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Botox. Humira. Lantus. Enbrel. You’ve probably heard of at least one of these medicines before, but did you know that all of them are derived from living cells? These popular drugs are examples of biologics, or biological medications, that are developed from blood, proteins, viruses, and living organisms and are used to prevent, treat, and cure human disease.
How are biologics different from other drugs?
The lungs are often subject to harmful side effects from medications because of their large contact surface. While more than 300 medications are known to cause some sort of drug-induced lung disease, some are bigger players than others.
What happens? The most common form of lung injury from medications is drug-induced interstitial lung disease. In the United States, approximately 3% of cases of interstitial (the tissue and space around the air sacs) lung disease are drug induced. See More
This is where the treatment of cancer is going—along with the future of medicine. Targeted cancer therapies, also known as personalized medicine or precision medicine, are drugs that target a cancer’s specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that lead to the growth and spread of that cancer.
Confused? Here are ten facts to help you sort it out.
- With targeted chemotherapy we use information about people’s genes and proteins to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. See More
As we live longer, vision loss becomes a huge quality of life issue in our older folks. Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the number one cause of vision loss in Americans 60 and older and there is a ton going on here. New stuff. Good stuff.
Dry macular degeneration can progress to wet macular degeneration, and that’s when treatment begins. Wet AMD can’t be cured but treatments now can slow the progression of vision loss significantly. See More