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Understanding some basic knowlege about drugs, i.e expire date, GMP, qulity control, danger of expired drugs.

Blood pressure drug Olmesartan linked to GI problems

August 11, 2012

ROCHESTER, Minn., June 23 (UPI) — The blood pressure drug Olmesartan is linked to gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic, said after he pulled several patients off Olmesartan their gastrointestinal symptoms dramatically improved. Eventually, all 22 were taken...
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Newer ‘Second-Line’ Diabetes Drug Linagliptin May Outperform Older Meds

August 11, 2012

THURSDAY, June 28 (HealthDay News) — A new drug for type 2 diabetes causes significantly less weight gain and may carry lower risks for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), heart attack and stroke than standard medications, a new study indicates. Researchers in Germany noted that the new drug, linagliptin (Tradjenta), is intended for use in...
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Check individual risks and needs before using statins and daily Aspirin for heart diseases prevention

August 10, 2012

What you should know Heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are major causes of disability and death in the Mid-South. These diseases can lead to heart attacks, chronic high blood pressure and strokes. Poor circulation in legs and feet and breathlessness from congestive heart disease are also common. The risks of heart and...
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Cardiovascular-Disease Prevention in a Pill?

August 10, 2012

One pill to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol?  Yes, according to a new study from the United Kingdom. Researchers at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in London tested a polypill consisting of three blood pressure medications – amlodipine, losartan and hydrochlorothiazide – and simvastatin, a cholesterol-busting drug.  They found that during...
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Drugs to lower cholesterol help low cardiovascular risk patients

August 8, 2012
Drugs to lower cholesterol help low cardiovascular risk patients

Researchers have questioned whether Australian guidelines should be changed to allow more people access to cholesterol-lowering drugs. Source: The Courier-Mail HALF of all heart attacks occur in patients with a low cardiovascular risk, and a study has shown the risk of these events is reduced when patients take drugs to lower cholesterol. Researchers from...
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Fertility Drugs’ Link to Breast Cancer Hinges on Pregnancy, Study Says

July 8, 2012

Do fertility drugs affect a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer? A new study suggests that the risk hinges on whether they actually help a woman get pregnant. Scientists have been concerned about the effects of fertility drugs in recent years, citing a possible relationship between the hormones altered by the drugs and those...
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Sanofi’s Lantus shows no cancer, heart risks: study

June 13, 2012

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi‘s insulin Lantus does not put people at risk of cancer, heart attacks or strokes when taken over long periods, according to a major study in which the drug failed to prove it can prevent heart disease in early-stage diabetics. Although a positive result on heart disease could have widened Lantus’s...
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Daily aspirin linked to reduced the risk of cancer and death from cancer

March 22, 2012

Taking aspirin once a day may help prevent cancer, and perhaps even in some cases treat it, a growing body of research suggests. A new study finds that people who took a low-dose aspirin daily for at least three years were 25 percent less likely to develop cancer than people who didn’t take it....
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New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Helps Lower Blood Sugar: Study

March 20, 2012

MONDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) — A new type of medication for type 2 diabetes helps to lower blood sugar levels when used in concert with insulin and other diabetes drugs, new research suggests. The medicine is called dapagliflozin, and average blood sugar levels were lower in those taking the drug compared to those...
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Prescription Meds Can Put on Unwanted Pounds

March 7, 2012

FRIDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) — Medications taken by millions of Americans for mood disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes and other chronic conditions can have an unhealthy side effect: weight gain. While other choices exist for some types of drugs, adjusting medications is not simply a matter of switching, said Ryan Roux, chief pharmacy...
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Some birth control shows higher clot risk: US

November 1, 2011

AFP – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 Some birth control products, includingcontraceptive pills, rings and patches for women, carry a significantly higher risk ofblood clot than low-dose medications, US regulators said Thursday. The US Food and Drug Administration said in its review of studies that have included more than 800,000 women that the higher risks...
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FDA staff say Merck’s Vytorin helps kidney patients

November 1, 2011

ByAnna Yukhananov in Washington|Reuters (Reuters) – Drugs reviewers said Merck’s cholesterol-lowering drug Vytorin was effective in reducing the rate ofheart attacks or other cardiovascular problems in patients withkidney disease. Reviewers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration also said it is unlikely the blockbuster drug causes or promotes cancer. The documents were released online....
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Aspirin ‘slashes hereditary bowel cancer rate’

November 1, 2011

AFP – Fri, Oct 28, 2011 Long-term, daily doses of aspirin led to a fall of some 60 percent in cases ofcolorectal cancer among people with an inherited risk of this disease, the journal The Lancet reported on Friday. The trial — considered to be broad in sample and long in duration — confirms...
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Understanding Generic and Brand Drugs

October 13, 2011

Understanding Generic and brand drugs  Generic drugs are copies of brand drugs  Generic drugs are copies of brand-name drugs that have exactly the same dosage, intended use, effects, side effects, route of administration, risks, safety, and strength as the brand drug. In other words, their pharmacological effects are exactly the same as those of...
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Expired Medicine

October 7, 2011

Understanding the “Expired Medicine” Debate By Joseph Devine With several different news corporations offering exposes on expired medicine on the shelves of pharmacies, many people are questioning whether or not expired medication is dangerous. There are two distinct sides of this debate, and it is important to look at the possible dangers and understand...
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The Dangers of Expired Medications

October 7, 2011

The Dangers of Expired Medications By Sudesh Samuel Expired medications are commonplace and inertia notwithstanding, many of us tend to rely on an intuitive sense of their value in continuing to store and use them. Such drugs can be harmful to health in several ways; they can be unpredictable in effectiveness, simply ineffective, or...
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GMP Guidelines and Pharmaceutical Companies

October 7, 2011

GMP Guidelines and Pharmaceutical Companies By Richard Van-Rooyen GMP stands for Good Manufacturing Practice and is absolutely essential when it comes to pharmaceuticals. In an effort to ensure that all pharmaceutical companies reach the high level expected and demanded of them GMP guidelines are set and enforced by governments. Whilst different countries have slightly...
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Quality Assurance in Pharmaceutical Industry

October 7, 2011

Quality Assurance in Pharmaceutical Industry By Likitha Sriram   Pharmaceutical quality assurance is a dynamic process, a state of mind or an understanding of the regulations and guidance relating to the development and manufacture of pharmaceutical products. Quality Assurance is a constituent of quality management riveted to assure, generate precise and reliable results on...
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