New drug applications approved by US FDA as of 01 - 15 November 2018 which includes New Molecular Entities (NMEs) and new biologics. It does not include Tentative Approvals. Supplemental approvals may have occurred since the original approval date.
Frailty does not impair the efficacy of influenza vaccination in elderly adults, according to a recent Singapore study, which showed that similar degrees of seroprotection and vaccination-induced humoral immune responses were achieved across the different categories of frailty.
Zoledronate significantly reduces the risk of both nonvertebral and vertebral fragility fractures over 6 years in older women with osteopenia — a substantial patient group at risk for fractures but in whom a knowledge gap remains for pharmacological treatment, reveals a large randomized trial.
Patients with mild hypertension who are at low risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) do not appear to derive mortality or CVD benefit from antihypertensive treatments, raising questions on the need for treatment in this population, according to a recent study from England.
In this case report, we present the challenges encountered by physicians and cardiologists managing patients with advanced HF, and highlight the broadening spectrum of medical therapies and pathways that comprise contemporary practice.
Low-dose methotrexate, which is approved for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders, has shown unexpectedly disappointing results in preventing cardiovascular (CV) events among patients with a prior myocardial infarction (MI) or multivessel coronary disease, according to CIRT*, potentially ruling out what could be an affordable option for treating inflammation related to atherosclerosis.
Implementation of the Pegfilgrastim Process Guidelines has resulted in reduced total pegfilgrastim orders to be dispensed by the infusion centre and cost avoidance amounting to $205,163 in 4 months without any perceivable changes in patient outcomes, signifying a significant cost-savings opportunity, suggests a recent study.
Prof. Cheuk-Chun Szeto, Dr. Winston W. S. Fung,
25 Jan 2018
A 65-year-old lady with a background of type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and chronic immune thrombocytopenia presented to us with a 2-week history of generalized malaise and myalgia. Shortly after the onset of myalgia, she was noted to have reduced urine output and the urine was described as dark in colour. Her regular medications included prednisolone, danazol, simvastatin, metformin, and human insulin. Upon further questioning, the patient admitted that her compliance to simvastatin and danazol used to be poor. However, she recently started to take both medications regularly after repeated education.
Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids in combination with rosuvastatin may yield significant reductions in triglycerides and nonhigh-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol as compared with rosuvastatin monotherapy, according to data from the ROMANTIC (rosuvastatin-omacor in residual hypertriglyceridemia) trial.
The monoclonal antibody denosumab is safe and effective for use in patients on glucocorticoids and at risk of developing fractures, with a recent study showing that the drug performs better than risedronate in increasing bone mineral density (BMD).
Not only does treatment with the PCSK9* inhibitor alirocumab reduces cardiovascular (CV) events along with plunges in LDL-C levels, it was also associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality compared with placebo in patient with a recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and persistently high cholesterol despite maximal statin therapy, according to top-line results from the ODYSSEY** Outcomes trial.