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Arizona allows pharmacists to change prescriptions

Phoenix - Arizona has become the first U.S. state to allow pharmacists to change the medicine prescribed on a doctor’s prescription for a similar drug product. The law requires the patient to be informed.

Big AZ takeover and other pharmaceutical news

As we do on a regular basis, Digital Journal has reviewed the latest developments within the pharmaceutical sector. Here AstraZeneca completes takeover of Takeda's respiratory business and Ferring Pharmaceuticals have a new nocturia treatment.

Warning over antipsychotic drug and strange cravings

U.S. authorities have issued a warning over an antipsychotic drug. The drug, it seems, triggers a series of cravings: for food, gambling, shopping, and for increasing the user’s sex drive.

Can a dementia drug help with Parkinson’s?

A new study using an existing drug for dementia has indicated that the therapy may also be effective against Parkinson’s disease.

Zofran lawsuit — GSK requests split of generic, branded cases

As the number of Zofran lawsuits keep growing, the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) petitioned the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts to separate brand-named injury litigation from those caused by generic ondansetron.

New drug offers Alzheimer's prevention hope

Cambridge - New experiments have indicated a number of drugs that could help protect against Alzheimer's disease. The drugs act like statins for the brain.

Can a blood pressure drug help with autism?

New research suggests a common drug, administered to people with high blood pressure, could be effective for people with autism, in addressing some of the behaviors associated with the condition.

Is eating an apple as effective as taking statins?

London - The arguments for and against statins are convoluted and have been running for years. Two health experts have stated the benefits of statins are outweighed by the side-effects.

Fighting cancer by trapping drugs in tumors

A research group have developed a novel means to fight cancer. Because anti-cancer drugs only work for a limited time, the new method succeeds in trapping the drug inside the tumor so it works for longer.

Obama signs law to protect pharmaceutical exclusivity

Washington - In a move that will please shareholders of pharmaceutical medications but disappoint those hoping for lower cost drugs to come to market quicker, the exclusivity rights of U.S. pharmaceutical companies have been extended.

New treatments for eye care and diabetes

Washington - It has been a busy week for announcements about new medications to address serious medical conditions. Drugs are in the development pipeline for eye care and to help people manage complications associated with diabetes.

Obama investigates drug prices

U.S. President Obama has launched an investigation into the prices of medicines within the U.S. This follows recent complaints about the practices of pharmaceutical companies affecting drug pricing.

New skin cancer drug approved

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new skin cancer drug manufactured by the company Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Bayer - no charge that probiotic is wrongfully promoted (update) Special

Washington - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has accused drugs maker Bayer of illegally promoting the effect of its probiotic, a collection of bacteria that it says “support digestive health.” However, the Justice Department will not pursue the charge.

Cancer drug moved from rare plant to lab yeast

Researchers have manufactured a common cancer drug from a yeast in the lab. Previously the important drug could only be obtained from a rare and endangered plant in the wild.

Latest drug recalls and safety label changes

Bethesda - As we do regularly on Digital Journal, the latest drug information changes, safety warnings and instruction changes are highlighted based on information provided by the U.S. FDA.

Time to clamp down on 'soft touch' doctors?

London - Should doctors who indiscriminately administer antibiotics to appease patients where there is no clinical need to do so be fined? This is the call of a leading health expert.

Using nanotechnology to treat diseases

Researchers are developing nanoparticles to direct drugs to specific places in the human body so that organs can be treated effectively. Many of these innovations can slowly release medications over a prolonged period of time.

New research consortium to tackle inflammatory diseases

London - A new of universities in the U.K., together with the U.K. government’s Medical Research Council, and support from GlaxoSmithKline, to work on a multi-million dollar research project into inflammatory diseases.

U.S. plans to speed up new drugs to market

Washington - A new bill, passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives, could see new medications reach consumers and hospitals faster. The new measures are contained within the 21st Century Cures Act.

Microchips designed to slow-release drugs over years

Medical technologists have developed an implantable device that can be placed at a specific body site to allow for the slow release of targeted medications.

U.K. moves to ban ‘legal highs’

London - The U.K. Parliament is currently debating The Psychoactive Substances Bill. The bill, if passed, will place a number of so-called "legal highs" into the illegal category of stimulant drugs.

Two new diabetes drugs approved for U.S. and Japan

Big pharma companies Lilly and Takeda have announced that two new types of diabetes drugs are now available for patients, after being approved by regulatory authorities.

Aspirin shown to reduce cancer risk

Cambridge - A long-term and statistically large study has found regular use of aspirin may lead to a slightly reduced risk from some types of gastrointestinal cancers.

People on heart meds need behavior changes too

People who suffer heart failure and recover must take medications for the rest of their lives. Remembering to take the medication can be a problem. A researcher argues that patients must adapt their behavior rather than healthcare providers.

Can existing drugs help to combat MS?

Edinburgh - Existing medications for conditions like depression and heart problems could hold the clue to treating multiple sclerosis, according to medical experts.

Will we soon see an anti-obesity drug?

Scientists have re-programmed bacteria to generate a molecule that can function as a hunger-suppressing lipid. So far, the molecule has proved successful in rodent studies.

Concerns continue with compounding pharmacies

Washington - Following widespread concerns during 2012 and 2013, a new report suggests there are still gaps in the oversight of U.S. compounding pharmacies.

Caution advised for pregnant women taking pain relief meds

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published new guidance concerning the risks of taking pain relief medication for women whilst they are pregnant.

Antipsychotic drug warning

Bethesda - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert about an antipsychotic drug called ziprasidone. The drug is associated with a serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body.
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