Approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market a new drug is a critical waypoint along the path to profits for pharmaceutical manufacturers. Unfortunately, recent case studies have illustrated that FDA approval does not necessarily provide assurances of effectiveness and safety. In last month's Georgetown University Health Policy seminar, we discussed two examples, anemia drugs and the diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia), which were ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Organ Donors Will Sign Up on Facebook. Despite years of media and public service campaigns appealing for organ donations, donor rates remained static while demand increased -- until Facebook. 2. MRI May Spot Meningitis from Tainted Steroids. A screening MRI may provide early warning of spinal or paraspinal meningitis in patients who received contaminated steroid injections. 3.
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Like many other Millenials who grew up in the age of Lara Croft and Brangelina, I greeted Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she had undergone a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction last month with sadness for her loss and admiration for her heroic decision and very public disclosure. I hope her story will lead other women to undergo screening and potentially save lives, but real improvement in women’s health outcomes requires ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. BPA Level Tied to Higher Weight in Girls. In girls ages 9 to 12, a higher urine concentration of the plastic component bisphenol-A (BPA) was more likely to put them in the 90th percentile on weight charts. 2. Brain Imaging May Guide Depression Tx. Responses to psychotherapy versus antidepressant drugs differed according to levels of glucose ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Branded Diabetes Drugs Cost Medicare a Bundle. Medicare could have saved more than a billion dollars in one year alone if the program's spending on brand-name diabetes drugs matched that of the Veterans Administration. 2. Low Blood Sugar, Dementia Set Vicious Cycle in Diabetes. In older patients with diabetes, cognitive impairment increases the risk of hypoglycemia, ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Low Vitamin D Linked to Hepatitis B. Vitamin D deficiency might be a key player in hepatitis B (HBV) replication. 2. Wrinkles Emerge in SGR Repeal Debate. As Congress inches toward a change in the way physicians are paid under Medicare, an early-stage Republican proposal drew criticism this week for not going far enough. 3.
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As a medical student nearly two decades ago, I remember how excited I was to begin my rotations on the wards. After two intense years in the classroom, I felt that I had a good fund of knowledge that I could finally apply in a clinical setting. Still, very soon after beginning my ward rotations, I noticed that while I was able to adequately manage my patients’ symptoms, I could ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Off-Label Chemo Common for Mets. Off-label prescribing of chemotherapy agents is common in the metastatic setting and a substantial proportion of it goes beyond National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)-accepted practice. 2. FDA Panel Starts to Tackle Avandia Safety. A controversial study of the cardiovascular safety of one-time diabetes blockbuster rosiglitazone (Avandia) has proven difficult for FDA ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Sleep Disorders when Kids Have Night Terrors. Sleep disordered breathing, periodic limb movement, and mood disturbances are common comorbidities in pediatric patients with parasomnias. 2. Veggies Are Key to Long Life. People who followed a vegetarian diet had a lower risk for death from any cause, and men in particular also saw benefits for cardiovascular mortality. 3. ...

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Brought to you by MedPage Today. 1. Uniform Quality Measures Sought for an SGR Repeal. Doctors need quality measures from a single source and more avenues to qualify for value-based payments under a post-Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reimbursement system. 2. Triptans Go-To Migraine Drugs Even in Pregnancy. Monday's FDA announcement that pregnant women should not take valproate sodium and related drugs to prevent ...

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