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Prices and Value Not Well Aligned for Common CV Drugs in US
Friday, August 17, 2018
In a modeling study estimating the incremental cost-effectiveness ratios for 30 commonly used cardiovascular (CV) drugs, there was little indication that prices are influenced by health benefits. Medscape Medical News
FDA Approves Nivolumab (Opdivo) for Small Cell Lung Cancer
Friday, August 17, 2018
The new approval is accelerated and is therefore conditional upon further proof of efficacy, but the checkpoint inhibitor becomes the first approved option in advanced SCLC in a long time. FDA Approvals
FDA Clears Brain Stimulation Device for OCD
Friday, August 17, 2018
The Brainsway deep transcranial magnetic stimulation system is an option for patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who have not responded to traditional treatments. FDA Approvals
FDA Clears New Treatment for Dry Eye (Cequa)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Cequa is a patented, novel, proprietary nanomicellar formulation of cyclosporine A in a clear, preservative-free, aqueous solution. FDA Approvals
FDA Expands CF Drug Kalydeco to Children as Young as Age 1 Year
Friday, August 17, 2018
The drug is indicated for children as young as 12 months with at least one mutation in the CFTR gene that is responsive to the drug, as determined from clinical or in vitro assay data. FDA Approvals
FDA Flags Temporary Artificial Heart for Mortality, Stroke Risk
Friday, August 17, 2018
The letter to healthcare providers was issued after the agency reviewed final results of a postmarket study conducted by the device maker, SynCardia Systems. News Alerts
AI System Accurately Detects 53 Kinds of Eye Disease
Friday, August 17, 2018
In 'jaw-dropping' trial results, researchers find that an artificial intelligence system was as effective as some of the world's best eye experts in spotting diseases that could lead to blindness. Medscape Medical News
Triggers of Takotsubo Syndrome Point to Differing Prognoses
Friday, August 17, 2018
A new study finds unique differences in survival but also raises questions about how best to classify these patients and why so many have no identifiable triggering event. Medscape Medical News
No Benefit From RAI After Second Thyroid Cancer Surgery
Friday, August 17, 2018
Patients with recurrent thyroid cancer who undergo a second operation do not experience a reduction in subsequent recurrence if they receive postoperative radioactive iodine (RAI), say US investigators. Medscape Medical News
FDA Grants 510(k) Clearance to New Spinal Implant
Friday, August 17, 2018
The Foundation 3D anterior lumbar interbody cage implant uses CoreLink's proprietary mimetic metal technology, which mimics key characteristics of natural bone. FDA Approvals
WGA Speeds Diagnosis of Devastating Seizure Disorder in Kids
Friday, August 17, 2018
Whole-genome analysis looks more clinically and economically feasible for diagnosing newborns with a rare, but devastating, epilepsy syndrome, new research shows. Medscape Medical News
Weight Gain Doesn't Diminish Benefits of Giving Up Smoking
Friday, August 17, 2018
Risk for type 2 diabetes rises temporarily for people who gain weight when they quit smoking, but cardiovascular benefit stays steady regardless. Medscape Medical News
AHA Advisory Recommends Healthy Eating, Not Just Variety
Friday, August 17, 2018
The advice to 'eat a variety of foods' is outdated because studies show a more varied diet often included more unhealthy foods and was not linked with a healthier weight, an AHA advisory reports. Medscape Medical News
Study Supports Newest Indication for IL6R Blockade in Giant Cell Arteritis
Friday, August 17, 2018
New research confirms the association of a common variant in the gene that encodes the receptor for IL-6 with reduced risk for aortic aneurysm and supports the newest indication for IL6R blockade, giant cell arteritis. Medscape Medical News
CV Events Increase Only With High Levels of Sodium Intake: PURE
Friday, August 17, 2018
Reducing sodium intake is seen as protective against CV events, but an international study suggests events increase only in communities with very high sodium consumption of 5 g daily or more. Medscape Medical News
Trump Wants Opioid Manufacturers to Face a Federal Lawsuit
Thursday, August 16, 2018
President Trump directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit, separate from state lawsuits, against opioid manufacturers in an effort to help stem an epidemic of addiction in the United States. Medscape Medical News
NYU to Offer Free Tuition to All Current, Future Med Students
Thursday, August 16, 2018
The dean of New York University School of Medicine calls it a 'moral imperative' to help students who want to become physicians do so without facing crushing debt. News Alerts
FDA OKs First Generic Version of EpiPen
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA gained approval to market its generic epinephrine autoinjector in 0.3-mg and 0.15-mg strengths. FDA Approvals
FDA Approves Lenvatinib (Lenvima) for Liver Cancer
Thursday, August 16, 2018
The oral therapy lenvatinib joins sorafenib as the only drugs approved for first-line treatment of patients with unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma. FDA Approvals
Over 75 People in Connecticut Park Overdosed on K2 in a Day
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Samples sent to the DEA contained potent synthetic marijuana. A local man was arrested and is considered a person of interest regarding at least some of the overdoses, most of which happened in a park near Yale. Medscape Medical News
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