Category: FDA

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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

What to do about drug prices? This question has once again got Washington in a boil, with the White House promising some big ideas. It’s a question that we’re thinking about pretty much all the time – and so it seems like a good time to offer some suggestions on where to start. Here are… Read More

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In April, the Food and Drug Administration advisory committee met and recommended the approval for Epidiolex, the first plant-derived cannabidiol prescription medicine for use in the United States. While this is just one more step in the approval process, if the FDA approves Epidiolex in June, we could see it on the market in the coming… Read More

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Lamictal, also available as generic lamotrigine, is a common medication typically used to treat seizures or bipolar disorder. While Lamictal does have a black box warning, as it can lead to serious skin reactions, it also recently received a safety warning from the FDA. According to the FDA,  Lamictal can cause a rare but very serious… Read More

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Long-acting insulins are only administered once or twice daily, and include drugs like Lantus, Toujeo, Basaglar, and Levemir. As of March 27th, we have a new one to add to the long-acting insulin family – Toujeo Max SoloStar. What is Toujeo Max SoloStar indicated for? Toujeo Max SoloStar is indicated to improve blood sugar control… Read More

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Plaque psoriasis is a skin disorder that causes thick, scaly, red skin which can be painful and itchy. Treatments for plaque psoriasis come in various types of forms including oral, injectable and topical. Your doctor will determine the best course of treatment for you as no single psoriasis treatment works for everyone. Recently, Ilumya, was approved… Read More

Opioid use disorder, also known as opioid addiction, is a chronic disease that changes the brain. This disease is characterized by a problematic pattern of opioid use leading to significant impairment or distress. More than 2.5 million patients in the United States are diagnosed with opioid use disorder, making it important for health care providers… Read More