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Many epilepsy patients take drug combinations that interact
In an Epilepsia analysis of 2008-2010 Medicare claims data, one in four older Americans with new-onset epilepsy and more than one-third with prevalent epilepsy received a combination of antiepileptic drugs and non-epilepsy drugs that could interact to alter the effectiveness of the non-epilepsy drugs. (2018-02-07)
Pricey new versions of old drugs fuelling huge rise in drug spending
Newly patented versions of old drugs are driving the rapid growth in expenditure on prescription drugs in most developed countries, without offering substantial improvements over existing products, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2005-09-01)
Sleep attacks from Parkinson's drugs do exist
Car crashes in patients with Parkinson's disease have been associated with sudden sleep attacks caused by dopamine drugs, but the concept of sleep attacks, and their connection with dopamine drugs, has been disputed. (2002-06-20)
Traffic safety, alcohol and drugs
In August 2010, researchers and experts on drugs, alcohol and medicines will take part in the T2010 conference, the tri-annual meeting of the International Council on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic Safety. (2010-05-20)
Biotechnology has failed to live up to its promises
Promises of cheaper and better drugs using biotechnologies have not been met, say researchers in this week's BMJ. (2005-10-13)
Adolescent exposure to drugs, alcohol fuels use in adulthood
Teenagers who have easy access to drugs and alcohol in the home are more likely to drink and do drugs in their early and late 20s. (2016-07-29)
European disparities in access to cancer drugs
New research has highlighted stark disparities in access to the latest cancer drugs across European Union nations, according to data presented at the 33rd Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology in Stockholm. (2008-09-15)
Conventional and new-generation antipsychotics may have similar neurological side-effects
Authors of a systematic review of antipsychotic drugs in this week's issue of The Lancet highlight how the better side-effect profile of new-generation drugs may not be as substantial as previously thought when compared with conventional antipsychotics. (2003-05-08)
Study supports triple combination therapy for HIV
New evidence in this week's BMJ supports the use of up to three antiviral drugs (triple therapy) to treat people with HIV. (2002-03-28)
More than 3 percent of US teens have exchanged sex for money or drugs
More than 3 percent of U.S. teens have exchanged sex for money or drugs, reveals a large representative survey published ahead of print in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections. (2006-08-09)
UAlberta researchers uncover why combination drug treatment ineffective in cancer clinical trials
Medical researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered that combination drug therapy didn't work well in clinical trials for cancer patients because one drug was making the other drug ineffective. (2013-12-05)
Review offers insight on managing surgical patients who are taking new drugs to prevent blood clots
New oral anticoagulant drugs that treat and prevent clots offer a much-needed alternative to warfarin, which has been used for more than six decades and has serious shortcomings. (2014-04-29)
Canada must ensure all orphan drugs are priced fairly to allow patient access
In developing an orphan drug policy, Canada must ensure that all orphan drugs for rare diseases -- both old and future drugs -- should be priced fairly so that Canadians may access life-saving therapy, argue authors of an analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2015-02-23)
1 in 3 drivers under 'the limit' for alcohol still test positive for drugs
One in three drivers suspected of driving while (2006-12-13)
Anticholinergic drugs linked to mental impairment in elderly people
Anticholinergic drugs may lead to mild cognitive (mental) impairment in elderly people, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2006-01-31)
Prescribing information for kidney disease far too vague
Prescribing information for healthcare professionals treating patients with kidney disease is too vague, concludes the latest issue of Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB). (2006-12-06)
New schizophrenia drugs may be no more effective than conventional therapy
There is no clear evidence that new antipsychotic drugs are any more effective or better tolerated than conventional drugs for patients with schizophrenia, despite being considered superior, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2000-11-30)
No evidence that COX-2 inhibitors provide greater stomach protection
There is no evidence to back up claims that the new generation of anti-inflammatory drugs (COX-2 inhibitors) are less harmful to the stomach lining than many traditional anti-inflammatory drugs, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2005-12-01)
Chemotherapeutic drugs and plasma proteins: Exploring new dimensions
This review provides a bird's eye view of interaction of a number of clinically important drugs currently in use that show covalent or non-covalent interaction with serum proteins. (2018-12-20)
CEO of GSK talks about HIV in the developing world
J-P Garnier, CEO of the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, talks about the company's role in providing HIV drugs for the developing world, in an exclusive interview with The Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2006-07-26)
Drug access delays due to pharmaceutical companies not Health Canada
Access to new prescription drugs in Canada is delayed by pharmaceutical company submissions to Health Canada rather than by a longer approval-processing time, according to an analysis published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2014-05-12)
Unlicensed and off-label prescribing in children must improve
Many drugs prescribed to children in general practice are either not licensed for use in children ( (2002-05-31)
HIV drug resistance increasing in UK and among highest in the world
Those infected with HIV in the UK have one of the highest rates of resistance to anti-HIV drugs of anywhere in the world, prompting fears of a second wave epidemic of resistant virus, a new study claims in this week's BMJ. (2005-11-17)
Anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills linked to risk of death
Anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills have been linked to an increased risk of death, according to new research from the University of Warwick. (2014-03-31)
Hiding drugs in food in nursing homes is common
The practice of concealing drugs in patients' food and drinks is common in nursing homes, claim researchers from Norway in a study published on (2004-11-22)
Fasting during Ramadan could cause problems for Muslim patients
Fasting from dawn to dusk during Ramadan could cause problems for Muslim patients taking prescribed drugs, warn researchers in this week's BMJ. (2004-09-30)
E. coli's adaptation to extreme temperatures helps explain resistance to certain drugs
A new study suggests that defenses against extreme temperatures give E. coli bacteria an advantage in fending off certain drugs. (2018-09-17)
Moms, have you done drugs? Tell your kids
Moms who have used drugs may be doing their teens a favor by admitting to it, University of Alberta research shows. (2009-06-09)
Decline in sales of anxiolytics and hypnotics in Norway
After many years of gradual increase followed by a three-year leveling off period, sales of addictive anxiolytic and hypnotic drugs in Norway decreased by just under two percent in 2010. (2011-03-23)
End pharmacists' monopoly on selling certain drugs, argues expert
Evidence is lacking that having a category of drugs that can be sold only by pharmacists or under their supervision ('pharmacy medicines') has benefits, writes a pharmacy professor in The BMJ this week. (2015-07-01)
Safety issue revealed as 1 in 20 Australian workers admits to drinking at work
A national survey has found that more than one in twenty Australian workers report using alcohol while at work or just before work, and more than one in fifty report taking drugs during or just before work. (2011-06-27)
University launches iphone app for hepatitis treatment
The University of Liverpool has launched an iphone app, HEP i-chart, that provides Hepatitis C patients with quick and easy access to the latest information about drug interactions. (2011-11-22)
Antipsychotic drugs are linked with an increased risk of heart attacks
A review of nine observational studies found evidence supporting an increased risk of heart attacks in patients taking antipsychotic drugs. (2016-05-16)
Commonly used pain relievers have added benefit of fighting bacterial infection
Some commonly used drugs that combat aches and pains, fever, and inflammation are also thought to have the ability to kill bacteria. (2014-03-13)
Concern over clinical value of new mood disorder drugs
Recent changes to the classification of psychiatric disorders are encouraging pharmaceutical companies to develop new drugs that are of questionable clinical value, argue researchers in this week's BMJ. (2003-07-17)
Drug research and development more efficient than expected
Despite ever increasing regulation in drug approval and the rising costs of research, drug research and development remains unexpectedly efficient. (2015-02-27)
Lack Of Data For New Heart Drugs Is Causing Concern
One of the researchers who exposed the danger of using albumin in patients suffering from serious burns or shock is concerned about the inadequate data on the safety of six new drugs to treat high blood pressure. (1998-08-05)
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs linked to increased risk of hip fracture
In a recent study, older individuals who had fallen and broken a hip used antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications more frequently than the general older population. (2017-03-07)
Report reveals cancer drug divide
Patients suffering from cancer in England are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer drugs than fellow sufferers in Wales, a new study assessing the impact of the Cancer Drugs Fund has revealed. (2014-03-03)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are associated with increased risk of miscarriage in pregnant women
Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs during pregnancy does not seem to increase the risk of adverse birth outcome (congenital abnormality, low birth weight, or preterm birth) but is associated with increased risk of miscarriage, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-02-01)
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