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Weekly Drug News Round-Up: March 20, 2019

FDA Approves Zulresso as First Treatment For Postpartum Depression Side effects include sleepiness, dry mouth, loss of consciousness and flushing Read More... Postpartum depression (PPD) is a major depressive episode that occurs following childbirth or during pregnancy with symptoms of sadness, loss of interest, inability to feel pleasure, and lack...

Posted today in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Sunosi (solriamfetol) for Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Associated with Narcolepsy or Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Sunosi (solriamfetol) to improve wakefulness in adult patients with excessive daytime sleepiness associated with narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Once-daily Sunosi is approved with doses of 75 mg and 150 mg for patients with narcolepsy and...

Posted today in Medical

FDA Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression, Zulresso (brexanolone)

Postpartum depression is a common and often devastating condition for new mothers, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first drug to help combat it. The drug, Zulresso (brexanolone), is delivered via intravenous infusion. "Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening," noted...

Posted today in Medical

Reworked Nasal Flu Vaccine Looks Good for Kids, Pediatricians' Group Says

Good news for kids: Next flu season, you can avoid a painful needle jab and get the nasal vaccine spray instead, according to a leading U.S. pediatricians' group. In recent flu seasons, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended the shot over the nasal spray -- except if a child refused a shot -- due to questions about the nasal spray's effectiveness....

Posted yesterday in New Drug Approvals

FDA Approves Zulresso (brexanolone) for the Treatment of Postpartum Depression

 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Zulresso (brexanolone) injection for intravenous (IV) use for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD) in adult women. This is the first drug approved by the FDA specifically for PPD. "Postpartum depression is a serious condition that, when severe, can be life-threatening. Women may...

Posted yesterday in FDA Alerts

FDA Updates on Angiotensin II Receptor Blocker (ARB) Recalls

Investigation ongoing – This page to be updated as more information is available IMPORTANT: Medications containing only amlodipine or hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) are not being recalled. Manufacturers are recalling medications containing amlodipine in combination with valsartan or losartan, and medications containing hydrochlorothiazide HCTZ in combination...

Posted today in Medical

Is Medical Pot a Blessing for Seniors?

Legalized medical pot may be a boon to older Americans, boosting their health and ability to work, a new study finds. "Research [on medical marijuana] has largely ignored older adults even though they experience the highest rates of medical issues that could be treated with medical marijuana," said co-author Lauren Hersch Nicholas. She's an assistant...

Posted today in Medical

Heart Risks Vary Among Asian-Americans

Not all Asian-Americans are equally susceptible to the deadly damage of heart disease and stroke, new research suggests. The risk of premature death is highest among Asian Indian, Filipino and Vietnamese subgroups, the researchers found. For the study, investigators analyzed U.S. death records from 2003 to 2012 to determine average potential years...

Posted today in Medical

Be Prepared to Take FAST Action If You Suspect a Stroke

Would you be able to recognize if you or someone close to you were having a stroke? A stroke is a 911 medical emergency and every second counts for survival. To help you recognize the signs of stroke, the National Stroke Association wants you to remember F-A-S-T, or fast. F stands for "face." Signs of stroke include drooping or numbness on just one...

Posted today in Medical

How to Spice Up Your Spring Salad

You already know that iceberg lettuce is low on taste and nutrients, but even the best greens can use a punch of flavor to keep your taste buds interested. Here are two ways to enjoy spring greens. Peppery arugula is full of flavor and super low in calories, and it makes a great base for a zesty salad. One of the first greens to appear each spring,...

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Just How Did Cancer-causing Nitrosamines End Up in Our Medications?

If you take medication for blood pressure or heart failure, chances are you have been affected by, or at least heard of, the recent recall of over 75 different generics of valsartan, losartan, and irbesartan and their combinations. 75 different generics? But how can so many different manufacturers be affected when the FDA strictly oversees […]

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HIV and the Hope of Becoming HIV-Free

Many people believe HIV started sometime in the 1980s in the United States. But this is not true. In fact, the first acquisition of HIV most likely happened in the 1920s, in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) capital, Kinshasa, as a result of an adaption of the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV) that was able […]

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Recognizing the Dangers of Vaccination Misinformation

Becoming a parent is a wonderful, amazing experience. But it can also be a confusing and overwhelming one too. Firstly, there’s constant worry over whether your baby is sleeping, feeding, or pooping enough or too much. Secondly, there’s a whole range of never-heard-of-before conditions to deal with such as baby acne, colic, cradle cap, diaper […]

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