Medications

Taking buprenorphine for opioid use disorder may up other med compliance

(HealthDay)—Using buprenorphine to treat opioid use disorder (OUD) may increase adherence to treatments for other chronic conditions, according to a study published in the September issue of Medical Care. Hsien-Yen Chang, Ph.D., from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and colleagues used Truven Health’s MarketScan data to identify 12,719 commercially insured individuals with a diagnosis of […]

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OxyContin maker Purdue agrees to provide research data

The maker of the powerful painkiller OxyContin has agreed to provide access to propriety research and other data to researchers at Oklahoma State University to help them find causes and treatments for drug addiction. Stamford, Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma announced the agreement Thursday in a joint statement with the university. Purdue said it will provide Oklahoma […]

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Serious falls pose risk to people living with HIV

(HealthDay)—Benzodiazepines and muscle relaxants are associated with serious falls among people living with HIV in their 50s, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Julie A. Womack, Ph.D., from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West New Haven, and colleagues investigated whether the association between polypharmacy, hazardous alcohol […]

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ASCT may offer alternative for therapy for high-risk follicular lymphoma

(HealthDay)—Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) may be an effective treatment option in high-risk, early therapy failure (ETF) follicular lymphoma (FL), prior to the use of rituximab, according to a study published online July 9 in Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy. Ana Jiménez-Ubieto, M.D., Ph.D., from the Hospital Universitario 12 de Octubre in Madrid, and colleagues […]

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Selinexor for multiple myeloma receives accelerated FDA approval

A first-in-class drug recently granted accelerated approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adult patients with heavily pretreated multiple myeloma has been the subject of study at Moffitt Cancer Center for years. Now, selinexor (XPOVIO, Karyopharm Therapeutics) used in combination with the corticosteroid dexamethasone will offer another option for patients with multiple […]

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Harmful medication re-exposures could be avoided with new approaches

Adverse drug events could be avoided by sharing patients’ medication histories and previous harmful medication exposures among various health-care facilities. That’s one of the key findings of a study published today in CMAJ Open. Led by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and UBC researcher Dr. Corinne Hohl, the study’s conclusions are a wake-up call to […]

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Bringing commonsense cannabis education to the masses

When Kent Hutchison’s 70-year-old mother traveled to Colorado in 2014 to explore using marijuana to ease her chronic pain, she got different—often contradictory—advice from every dispensary she visited. Two years later, when his partner Angela Bryan asked her doctors about using cannabis to quell the side-effects from her breast cancer treatments, she was met with […]