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Quick Hits: FDA Approves Biologic for Cancers With Genetic Defects, Prescription Drug Prices Soar & More

May 25, 2017
Quick Hits: FDA Approves Biologic for Cancers With Genetic Defects, Prescription Drug Prices Soar & More

First drug approved to treat cancer based on genetic biomarker and prescription drug prices rose dramatically last year.

No Cardiovascular Prevention Benefit Seen With Statins in Seniors

May 24, 2017
No Cardiovascular Prevention Benefit Seen With Statins

Older adults who take a statin for prevention of heart disease or a heart attack may want to reconsider as a new study finds the cholesterol-lowering med doesn’t provide a cardiovascular benefit.

Many Patients Prescribed Drugs of Little Benefit Months Before Death

May 23, 2017
Many Patients Prescribed Drugs of Little Benefit Months Before Death

In the last months of life, many elderly people take a multitude of medications, including some that may not have much benefit but carry many side effects.

Meta-Analysis Refutes Link Between Erectile Dysfunction Drugs and Melanoma

May 22, 2017
Meta-Analysis Refutes Link Between Erectile Dysfunction Drugs and Melanoma

A new meta-analysis casts doubt on a previous study that found erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra increase a man’s risk for melanoma.

Quick Hits: Invokana and Amputations, Nonprescription Ritalin Side Effects, & a Postmarket Studies Lag

May 18, 2017
Quick Hits: FDA Approves Biologic for Cancers With Genetic Defects, Prescription Drug Prices Soar & More

Patients Taking Invokana Have an Increased Risk of Leg and Foot Amputations The FDA reports that the type 2 diabetes medicine Invokana (canagliflozin) causes an increased risk of leg and foot amputations. Two large clinical trials showed that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients treated Continue Reading →

Steroid Injections Not Effective Long Term for Knee Pain

May 17, 2017
Steroid Injections Not Effective Long Term for Knee Pain

Getting regular corticosteroid shots in the knees over the long-term does not appear to reduce pain better than a placebo, and could lead to cartilage loss.

Nearly 50% of Seniors Given Unnecessary Antibiotics

May 15, 2017
Nearly 50% of Seniors Given Unnecessary Antibiotics

The overprescribing of antibiotics to the elderly leaves them more susceptible to adverse events and contributes to antibiotic resistance.