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First prescription drug for severe mouth sores – Aphthasol paste approved by the FDA; marketed by Block Drug Co. Inc

First prescription drug for severe mouth sores – Aphthasol paste approved by the FDA; marketed by Block Drug Co. Inc – Brief Article The first prescription treatment for painful, severe canker sores in the mouth in people with normal immunity has been approved by FDA. The medical name for these sores is aphthous ulcers. The […]

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Nicotine inhaler approved for smoking cessation – Nicotrol Inhaler by Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc. is marketed through McNeil Consumer Products

Nicotine inhaler approved for smoking cessation – Nicotrol Inhaler by Pharmacia & Upjohn Inc. is marketed through McNeil Consumer Products – Brief Article Smokers fighting the urge to light up have a new addition in the smoking cessation arsenal–a prescription nicotine inhaler. The Nicotrol Inhaler (nicotine inhalation system) allows smokers to inhale the dose from […]

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Honey bears, snowmen and other exceptions to food label rules

Honey bears, snowmen and other exceptions to food label rules – includes related information Paula Kurtzweil Companies that sell honey in the bear-shaped squeeze container are finding themselves in a stickier situation than usual these days: how to comply with FDA’s new guidelines for mandatory nutrition labeling. It’s not that they can’t come up with […]

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Pediatric drug research and mental illness

Pediatric drug research and mental illness Floyd R. Sallee Psychotic illnesses are very debilitating. They are developmental in origin and frequently have their beginnings in childhood. As division director of the psychiatry program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, I have witnessed the ongoing crisis in child mental health care. When I am on call […]

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Second indication for monoclonal antibody

Second indication for monoclonal antibody A second use–treating acute rejection of heart and liver transplants in patients resistant to steroid treatment–has been approved for the monoclonal antibody Muromonab-CD3, marketed as Orthoklone OKT3. FDA gave the additional approval last June 8. Orthoklone OKT3 was first licensed in 1986 for treating acute kidney transplant rejection. It is […]

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A balanced look at the menstrual cycle – includes related articles

A balanced look at the menstrual cycle – includes related articles – On the Teen Scene Marian Segal This article is part of a series with important health information for teenagers, Some young women feel it coming days before they get it. Others are hardly aware they have it. Friends who compare notes about their […]

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Preventing TSS; new tampon labeling lets women compare absorbencies

Preventing TSS; new tampon labeling lets women compare absorbencies – toxic shock syndrome, includes related information Dixie Farley New Tampon Labelling Lets Women Compare Absorbencies A milestone has occurred in the nearly decade-long effort by the Food and Drug Administration and others to help protect menstruating women who use tampons from toxic shock syndrome (TSS), […]

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Making it easier to read prescriptions

Making it easier to read prescriptions – includes related articles on prescription format, prescription symbols, and Latin terms Dixie Farley Sig: [dagger] tab po qid pc & hs Unless you have a medical background, that bunch of letters probably looks like gobbledygook. In fact, it’s several abbreviations for Latin terms used on prescriptions (see chart), […]

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FDA ensures equivalence of generic drugs – Food and Drug Administration

FDA ensures equivalence of generic drugs – Food and Drug Administration – includes related articles on bioequivalency and filling prescriptions Jeffrey Yorke When Stuart Addison goes to the pharmacy in Margate, Fld., he has the pharmacist fill his prescriptions with generic drugs. Addison. a retired federal government auditor, is one of many Americans who are […]

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Drugs used to soup up racehorses

Drugs used to soup up racehorses Harold Hopkins A mail-order supplier of veterinary drugs has been given five years probation for illegally selling drugs to improve the performance of racehorses. Howard Kinsbrunner, 40, who sold vet drugs by mail order out of Davie, Fla., was convicted by Federal Judge Jacob Mishler of violating the Food, […]