WELCOME TO MEDSHADOW. WE'VE UPDATED OUR LOOK!

Quick Hits: E-Cigs and Heart Attacks & More

Using e-cigs daily can significantly increase a person’s risk of having a heart attack. Researchers analyzed responses from almost 70,000 people that took part in the National Health Interview Survey. About 3.6% of current and former e-cigs users reported having a heart attack, and 6.1% of those who used an e-cigarette daily had a heart attack. People that said they used both conventional cigarettes and an e-cigs every day were 4.6 times more likely to have a heart attack than those who had not used either product. Posted August 22, 2018. Via American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Writing letters to physicians that prescribe more of a drug than other doctors may help them cut down on those prescriptions. A study examined prescriptions for the antipsychotic drug Seroquel (quetiapine). The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services sent letters to about 5,000 doctors that had written the most Seroquel prescriptions. The letter said that they wrote many more prescriptions for the drug than the average for their state, and included a statement that they had been “flagged as a markedly unusual prescriber.” After following the doctors’ Seroquel prescribing for the next 2 years, researchers found that the prescriptions declined by 16%. Posted August 1, 2018. Via JAMA Psychiatry.

The FDA has approved the first generic version of EpiPen, an epinephrine-containing injection used for emergency treatment of allergic reactions. The approval comes as there is a nationwide shortage of the auto-injector. Mylan, the pharmaceutical company that sells the EpiPen brand version, has been heavily criticized for drastically increasing the price of the product. One pen used to cost $50. A 2-pen set now costs around $600. Last year, the FDA reported at least 7 deaths linked to EpiPens that failed to deploy properly. Posted August 16, 2018. Via FDA.

DISCLAIMER: MedShadow provides information and resources related to medications, their effects, and potential side effects. However, it is important to note that we are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. The content on our site is intended for educational and informational purposes only. Individuals dealing with medical conditions or symptoms should seek guidance from a licensed healthcare professional, such as a physician or pharmacist, who can provide personalized medical advice tailored to their specific circumstances.

While we strive to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented on MedShadow, we cannot guarantee its completeness or suitability for any particular individual's medical needs. Therefore, we strongly encourage users to consult with qualified healthcare professionals regarding any health-related concerns or decisions. By accessing and using MedShadow, you acknowledge and agree that the information provided on the site is not a substitute for professional medical advice and that you should always consult with a qualified healthcare provider for any medical concerns.

Was This Article Helpful?

Show Comments (0)
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x