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 •  September 18

Increase Is 'Cause for Alarm,' Researchers Say WebMD Health News Reports of adverse drug effects reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) more than doubled in the last decade, according to a new study. Deaths associated with the serious effects also more than doubled. "A change of this magnitude ought to be cause for alarm," says...

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 •  June 7

HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 6, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer doctors who receive freebies from pharmaceutical companies are more likely to prescribe drugs produced by those companies, a new study reports. Free meals, paid travel expenses and fees for consulting or lecturing appeared to influence which drugs a doctor would choose when...

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 •  May 24

drugs target genetic "biomarkers" that are specific to tumors -- wherever in the body they may appear. So on Tuesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that, for the first time, it had approved a cancer drug based on disease genetics rather than the body part where the cancer originated. The drug, Keytruda (pembrolizumab), is targeted...

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 •  May 19

HealthDay Reporter Gleevec (imatinib) reduced the "twitchiness" of airways, making them less likely to reflexively constrict when exposed to an allergen or asthma trigger, said senior researcher Dr. Elliot Israel. "We showed we could decrease the amount of airway twitchiness by a third," Israel said. "That's a substantial change, and that was...

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 •  May 18

type 2 diabetes prescription drug canagliflozin (brand names Invokana, Invokamet, Invokamet XR) appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now says. The FDA is requiring the medications to carry new warnings about the risk. The required warnings on the drug's labeling include the most serious and...