Category: FDA

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We have good news for you: generic Cialis, used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and enlarged prostates, just hit pharmacies. Prices for the generic, known as tadalafil, are more than 50% less than those of brand-name Cialis. And that’s a welcome update considering higher doses of Cialis can cost almost $2000 for 30 tablets. As… Read More

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Just recently, the FDA created the LPAD initiative to accelerate the approval of antibacterial and antifungal drugs used to treat rare infections, and this September, the first drug under this initiative was approved—Arikayce. Arikayce is used to treat a rare condition called MAC lung disease, caused by Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) bacteria commonly found in… Read More

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The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has just rescheduled Epidiolex—the recently-approved, cannabis-derived drug for rare forms of childhood epilepsy—from Schedule I to Schedule V. Schedule 1 drugs are not allowed to be prescribed by doctors due to their high potential for abuse, lack of medical use and limited safety data. Schedule V drugs are those considered… Read More

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Even though the newest shingles vaccine, Shingrix, is slowly making its way into pharmacies, we have some good news about shingles treatment! While you should still get your shingles vaccine, a new medication, ZTlido, has been approved to treat the pain that accompanies the shingles disease. ZTlido is known for its low dosage and high… Read More

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Phenylketonuria, also known as PKU, is a rare inherited disorder that causes a buildup of phenylalanine, an amino acid that is found in most protein-containing foods. Too much phenylalanine in the body can cause brain damage, seizures, tremors, and behavioral or emotional problems, so those with PKU must eliminate phenylalanine from their diet. Unfortunately, this… Read More

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Back to school season typically means new pictures, school supplies and EpiPens—but not for some families. Back in May, the FDA announced that Epipen was experiencing a shortage due to supply constraints, and this shortage has only worsened with the start of the school year. Lucky, the FDA recently made two announcements that should help… Read More

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After decades of little innovation in treatments for type 1 diabetes, the FDA is on track to approve Zynquista, the first oral antidiabetic drug in the US for adults with type 1 diabetes, by March 2019. Current type 1 diabetes medications At present, those with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile or insulin-dependent diabetes,… Read More

You’ve likely heard there is a new shingles vaccine, Shingrix, that is more effective than our existing vaccine Zostavax. However, as recently as June 2018, Shingrix was in short supply, and by estimates from manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, order limits and shipping delays will continue through 2018.  Shipments of Shingrix are making their way to clinics, but you… Read More

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Opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine have long been considered some of the most helpful drugs for managing acute pain. However, rates of opioid abuse and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in recent years. And now it turns out that there’s another reason to avoid opioids: they may not be the most effective treatment for pain… Read More

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Many diabetics are tasked with checking their blood sugar multiple times a day, a burden that can be costly and painful. Recently, with the evolution of Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM), diabetes management has gotten easier as patients can instantly check their blood sugar throughout the day. And now, care may get even easier with the… Read More