Category: FDA

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

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Back in 2017, popular erectile dysfunction medication Viagra went generic — reducing the cost for one pill to as little as $17 at some pharmacies. Viagra and the generic sildenafil, are two of the most popular drugs on the market today. Their popularity has led to thousands of bad jokes and hundreds of cheesy commercials,… Read More

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The FDA approved the first cannabis-derived drug, Epidiolex. Manufactured by GW Pharmaceuticals, Epidiolex is used for the treatment of seizures in patients as young as two years old. This decision by the FDA was expected as The Food and Drug Administration advisory committee recommended Epidiolex for approval back in April. Epidiolex is a pharmaceutical grade CBD oil, which is… Read More

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Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics that include levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, and moxifloxacin, and all carry a small risk of nerve damage. You may have seen the warning — the FDA requires that all fluoroquinolone antibiotics come with a label that alerts patients to the risk of permanent peripheral neuropathy. Too often, anti-bacterial medications like… Read More

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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… Read More

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First approved in 2014 for patients 12 years of age and older, Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone) is a popular inhaler used in the long-term management of asthma. Now, the inhaler can also be prescribed to younger children — as of May 2018, Arnuity Ellipta is FDA-approved for treating asthma in kids as young as 5 years… Read More

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This week, the FDA approved lofexidine hydrochloride (Lucemyra), the first medication in the US developed to specifically treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal. Physical symptoms of withdrawal — like stomach cramps, muscle spasms, and insomnia — are a major reason why people relapse when trying to fight opioid addiction. As the first non-opioid approved to… Read More

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This past April, the FDA issued an order to restrict the sale and distribution of the Essure implantable permanent birth control device to ensure that women and doctors understand the risks of the implant. According to the FDA, women implanted with Essure have experienced severe adverse events like perforation of fallopian tubes, migration of inserts to… Read More