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Chronic and Complex Diseases on the Rise in Philadelphia: Adults Using More Medications to Treat Chronic Conditions

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- A new study released today reveals that adults living in the country's fifth largest city are now faced with a growing health problem; increased prevalence of chronic and complex conditions. Many commonly used therapy classes i...

More stringent evaluation on the use of generic medications in thoracic transplantation

Philadelphia, 2 June 2009 A closer look at regulatory and clinical concerns with generic immunosuppression medications in thoracic transplantation is required, according to an educational advisory by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) in the July 2009 issue of Th...

BCBSNC Customers Save Millions and Stay on Medications with Free Generics Program

BCBSNC customers saved at least $15 million in out-of-pocket costs since January; 2.4 million generic prescriptions filled with no copay; Customers have until June 30,2009 to save with the generic copay waiver program Chapel Hill, NC (Vocus) June 1, 2009 -- Blue Cross ...

ADHD Treatment Guide: How to Safely, Effectively Use Medications and Non-Drug Therapies to Treat Attention Deficit Disorder

More than five million Americans currently take medication to manage their symptoms of attention deficit disorder. Yet untold millions remain undiagnosed and untreated for ADHD - partially because the process can be so daunting. A new downloadable eBook from ADDitude magazine aims to simplify thin...

MS patients more compliant with medications when managed by specialty pharmacy

ORLANDO, Fla.May 19, 2009Multiple sclerosis patients managed by a specialty pharmacy program were more compliant with medication, and had a lower risk of being hospitalized for their disease than those who were not managed by a specialty pharmacy program, according to a study completed by HealthCo...

MS Patients More Compliant with Medications When Managed by Specialty Pharmacy, According to HealthCore Study Presented at ISPOR

Study reports MS medication possession ratio of 86 percent for specialty pharmacy members ORLANDO, Fla., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Multiple sclerosis patients managed by a specialty pharmacy program were more compliant with medication, and had a lower risk of being hospitalized for their dise...

Video: FDA approves Exforge HCT(R) - the Only High Blood Pressure Treatment to Combine Three Medications in a Single Pill

- Exforge HCT combines a proven calcium channel blocker, angiotensin receptor blocker and diuretic (amlodipine, valsartan, hydrochlorothiazide) in one pill - In a clinical trial, Exforge HCT demonstrated significantly greater reductions in systolic and diastolic BP, compared to all dual comb...

Heartburn medications do not ease asthma symptoms

St. Louis, MO -- The predominance of heartburn among asthma sufferers led many specialists to suspect that acid reflux could be a trigger for the coughing, wheezing and breathlessness of asthma. In fact, it has become standard practice to prescribe heartburn medication to people with poorly contr...

Glaucoma Survey: Half Unaware of Preservative-Free Beta-Blocker, Ophthalmologists Cite Benefits of Preservative-Free Medications on Ocular Comfort and Quality of Life

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- In a recent survey of ophthalmologists across the nation, virtually all (97%) believe preservative-free glaucoma medications can enhance the ocular comfort of glaucoma patients, while 86% believe that preservative-free glaucoma medications can enhance p...

Fish in U.S. Rivers Tainted With Common Medications

Study is part of government strategy to tackle issue THURSDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Fish from five U.S. rivers were found to be tainted with traces of medications and common chemicals, according to a new study from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Baylor University...

New research suggests common anti-seizure medications may increase risk of cardiovascular problems

PHILADELPHIA An important clinical repercussion in the treatment of epilepsy has been discovered by a research team led by Scott Mintzer, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and the Jefferson Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson Unive...

ADA Informs Patients About Osteoporosis Medications and Oral Health

ADA creates brochures with National Osteoporosis Foundation CHICAGO, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dental patients who have been alarmed or confused by recent news reports about how osteoporosis medications might affect their oral health now have a brochure to help them separate fact fro...

Pharmacists Encourage Patients To Seek Their Guidance When Choosing OTC Medications

Eighty-three percent of Patients Select OTC Products Recommended by Their Pharmacist Washington, D.C. (Vocus) February 25, 2009 -- According to the most recent Pharmacy Today Over-the-Counter Product Survey conducted by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), pha...

Hypertension & cholesterol medications present in water released into the St. Lawrence River

This press release is available in French . Montreal, January 26, 2009 A study conducted by Universit de Montral researchers on downstream and upstream water from the Montreal wastewater treatment plant has revealed the presence of chemotherapy products and certain hypertension and cholest...

Seattle Reproductive Medicine Study Investigates Newly Formulated Medications for Luteal Support in IVF

SEATTLE, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Patients undergoing in vitro fertilization self-administer daily injections of progesterone from two to eight weeks after the egg retrieval procedure. The outcome of a new study of an investigational formulation of progesterone could replace these painful intra...

Errors involving medications common in outpatient cancer treatment

WORCESTER, Mass. Seven percent of adults and 19 percent of children taking chemotherapy drugs in outpatient clinics or at home were given the wrong dose or experienced other mistakes involving their medications, according to a new study led by Kathleen E. Walsh, MD, assistant professor of pediatri...

ADHD Medications Don't Pose Cancer Risk

Study found 2 popular drugs do not cause genetic damage that can lead to disease FRIDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Two popular medications for treating attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) do not cause genetic damage linked to an increased risk for developing cancer, a new...

New study: A Common Class of GI Medications Reduce Protection Against Heart Attack in Patients Taking Widely Prescribed Cardiovascular Drug

Proton Pump Inhibitors increase risk of major cardiovascular event by more than 50 percent for patients taking Plavix(R) Study may anticipate a role for genetic testing in association with clopidogrel prescribing FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-Firs...

New Google Health Application Helps Users Find Patient Assistance Programs for Medications Using PatientAssistance.com

Patient Assistance ( www.PatientAssistance.com ) launches on Google Health. Baton Rouge, LA (PRWEB) October 28, 2008 -- PatientAssistance.com, Inc, a nonprofit organization providing information on thousands of patient assistance programs to help users better manage and...

Anti-inflammatory medications may become a treatment for schizophrenia

Philadelphia, PA, October 27, 2008 Many of the structural and neurochemical features of schizophrenia are present long before the full syndrome of schizophrenia develops. What processes tip the balance between the ultra-high risk states and the development of schizophrenia? One candidate mechan...

VIDEO from Medialink and Philips: Microbubbles Developed to Administer Medications That Fight Cancer and Reduce Side Effects

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- More and more cancer patients are looking for treatment options that allow them to maintain their quality of life during difficult treatment regimens. (See video from Philips (NYSE: PHG ) at: http://media.medialink.com/WebNR.aspx?story=35774 ) Philips...

National Headache Foundation Offers Statement, Experts on Appropriate Use of Medications for Migraine Treatment

CHICAGO, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to news reports that Shawn Southwick King, wife of CNN host, Larry King, is allegedly being treated for medication use related to migraine, the National Headache Foundation today issued the following statement. Migraine is not a daily headache and...

Health Plan of Michigan Ranked Number One Among Medicaid Health Plans in Michigan for Access to Medications for African Americans

DETROIT, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit-based Health Plan of Michigan (HPM) has been recognized as the number one Medicaid health plan in the State of Michigan for access to prescription medications for the African American population. HPM has received this designation from the Grand Rapids Af...

American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association Clarification of Statement on Cardiovascular Evaluation and Monitoring of Children and Adolescents With Heart Disease Receiving Medications for ADHD

Endorsed by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American College of Cardiology, Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality DALLAS, May 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Hear...

Migraine Medications May Cause 'Serotonin Syndrome'

Rare disorder can lead to muscle spasms, fever, sweating and nausea, study finds WEDNESDAY, May 14 (HealthDay News) -- A commonly used migraine medication may cause so-called serotonin syndrome in rare cases, new research suggests. Reporting in the May 15 issue of the New England J...

Common Medications Could Cause Physical Impairment in the Elderly

Drugs for acid reflux, urinary incontinence 'slow down' seniors, studies say SATURDAY, May 3 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies show that anticholinergics, a commonly prescribed group of drugs, may cause elderly people to "slow down" in their daily physical activities. The two rep...

Commonly used medications associated with impaired physical function in older adults

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. Older adults who take drugs designed to block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine including common medications for incontinence, high blood pressure and allergies are more likely to be dependent in one or more activities of daily living and to walk slower, according to new fi...

Common Medications May Harm Memory in Older People

Those on anticholinergic drugs had sharper declines in thinking skills, study finds THURSDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Common medications known as anticholinergic drugs -- used to treat ulcers, stomach cramps, motion sickness, Parkinson's disease and urinary incontinence -- may cau...

Actual use of asthma medications contradicts guidelines

A study has found only 16% of the 352,082 Australians who filled a prescription for asthma preventer medications for the first time during the period July 2004 to June 2005, went on to use them regularly. Most (61%) first time users did not fill another prescription in the next two years while ...

FLAVORx Teams up with Wedgewood Pharmacy to Make it Even Easier to Make Pet Medications Taste Good

SWEDESBORO, N.J., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Veterinary Division of FLAVORx, Inc., which distributes a veterinary-medicine flavoring system, and Wedgewood Pharmacy, the nation's largest compounding pharmacy, have teamed up to provide a new, convenient option for veterinarians to make pet medi...

Uses of medications in psychoanalysis

As Americans increasingly seek a quick fix to physical and mental ailments, psychoanalysts can be caught in the crossfire of a debate about the potential benefits and drawbacks of including medication in their treatment plans. A panel discussion entitled, The Uses of Medications in Psychoanalysis...

Cost of glaucoma medications may impact treatment

Philadelphia, December 28, 2007 In the United States, the management of glaucoma costs about $2.5 billion per year. Of the $1.9 billion in direct costs, glaucoma medications account for an estimated 38% to 52% of the total. In an article published in the January 2008 issue of the American Journal...

Many Osteoporosis Medications Prevent Fractures, But None Is Proven Best

ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many medications reduce the risk of bone fractures in people with osteoporosis, but the most commonly used drugs - bisphosphonates- have not been proven more effective than alternatives, according to a new report funded by the Agency for Healt...

Combining Medications Often Best Strategy to Battle Rheumatoid Arthritis

ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For patients with rheumatoid arthritis, combining one well-known, lower cost synthetic drug with one of six biologic medications often works best to reduce joint swelling or tenderness, according to a new report funded by the Agency for Health...

Patients can't recall their medications to tell doctors

CHICAGO --- Doctors rely on patients to accurately tell them what prescription medications and what dosages -- they are taking in out-patient visits. (A patient's chart may not always be available or complete.) That information is essential for physicians to monitor whether a drug is working, and...

Diet and medications may assist prevention of prostate cancer

Recent investigations of medications, diet and the molecular understanding of prostate cancer are defining potential prevention strategies for the disease, and herald a new stage in the management of this cancer, according to a new review. Writing in the November 1, 2007 issue of CANCER, a peer-re...

Center for Medicines & Healthy Aging(C) and BidRx(R) Partner to Help Consumers Save on Prescription Medications

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The majority of Americans take one or more prescription medicines on a regular basis, and 40% of community-dwelling seniors take five or more. With the recent downturn in the economy and increase in unemployment, many people are l...

New Source of Information on Psoriasis Medications

NeedyMeds.org and the National Psoriasis Foundation announce a new source of information on psoriasis medications and the financial help available for those living with the disease (Vocus) June 29, 2009 -- NeedyMeds, a national nonprofit, added a new resource page to ...

Easter Seals Applauds Agreement to Cut Costs of Prescription Medications

WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Easter Seals supports the agreement reached this week between President Barack Obama and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) that is designed to reduce, by 50 percent, the cost to Medicare beneficiaries of brand name medic...

New Source of Information on Pulmonary Hypertension Medications

NeedyMeds.org and the Pulmonary Hypertension Association announce a new source of information on pulmonary hypertension medications and the financial help available for those living with the disease. (Vocus) June 16, 2009 -- NeedyMeds, a national nonprofit, added a ne...
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