Month: March 2014

There is a new appreciation for concussions and the long-term effects they can have on younger adults. How can you really tell if you or your child had a concussion, and what would you do differently? A very cool study published in JAMA Neurology reveals a potential blood test for concussion. This matters because there… Read More

Manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has voluntarily issued a recall for all of its non-prescription Alli weight loss products in the United States and Puerto Rico. The recall is due to concerns that the product packages may have been tampered with, and do not actually contain Alli. Tablets and capsules that were not Alli have been reported in Alli bottles in… Read More

Qudexy XR is indicated for initial or adjunctive therapy (treatment alone or with other medications or treatment options) in certain patients with partial-onset seizures, primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures, or seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. It was approved by the FDA on March 11, 2014. When will Qudexy XR be available to patients? According to the… Read More

Certain Terra-Medica homeopathic products were recalled by the FDA on March 18, 2014. A complete list of the products recalled can be found here.  The recalled products were found to contain undeclared trace amounts of penicillin, which could cause a potential reaction in someone who is allergic to this class of antibiotics. This is extremely… Read More

Relapse remains a prevalent and significant problem in alcoholism, even after long periods of abstinence. Vulnerability to relapse is associated with an intense craving or desire to drink, so if we can help those cravings that’s great, right? Well new studies show that gabapentin, already used for neuropathic pain and seizure disorders, may reduce cravings… Read More

Xartemis XR (oxycodone/acetaminophen) extended release tablets were approved by the FDA on March 12, 2014. It is the first and only extended-release combination controlled substance approved for acute pain severe enough to require opioid treatment, where other treatment options have not worked. How does Xartemis XR work? Xartemis XR contains BOTH immediate and extended-release release… Read More

How many deaths in the U.S. are really from Alzheimer’s? Dementia is a diagnosis that is easy to make while someone is living but to say it’s dementia from Alzheimer’s is another story, as it really takes a look at their brain tissue under the microscope to say for certain. Numbers just released show that… Read More

Is this the way to prevent Lyme disease? In the February issue of Journal of Infectious Diseases, a new oral vaccine placed in food given to mice significantly reduced the level of infected ticks in the treated areas. This, of course, should help lower the risk of human infection. Remember that white-footed mice are the… Read More

These days, doctor’s offices have several ways to get your prescription from their office to your preferred pharmacy. Prescriptions can be called in over the phone by authorized personnel at your doctor’s office, handwritten and given to you by your doctor to bring to the pharmacy, sent via fax, or submitted electronically via computer. With… Read More

Many folks have heard the news, and seen ads on the side of buses: if you took oral contraceptives and have had a deep vein thrombosis (DVT), call some attorney’s number. The reason that a DVT is scary, as you know, is that it can break off and travel up to the lung where it… Read More