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Drug users’ families demand end to “war on drugs”

The families of dead users of illicit drugs protested outside the United Nations headquarters in New York City on Monday 18 April, the day before the start of an emergency three day special meeting of the UN general assembly (UNGASS2016) to discuss the global drug problem, the first since 1998.  
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over 4 years ago
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Part B Drug Proposal Has Winners and Losers Alike

Primary care physicians would receive more Medicare revenue from drugs they administer, and oncologists, ophthalmologists, and rheumatologists would receive less.  
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over 4 years ago
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Imaging Shows Basis for Anticholinergic Harm in Elderly

A neuroimaging study finds that anticholinergic drugs have detrimental effects on brain structure and function and cognition, supporting recommendations to avoid them in the elderly.  
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over 4 years ago
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What does it mean to put new hepatitis C drugs on a list of essential medicines?

Expensive treatments for common conditions are unaffordable for most health system, even if they are cost effective. Julian Urrutia and colleagues examine how countries could respond to WHO making direct acting antivirals essential medicines  
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over 4 years ago
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A Brief Summary of Inhalational Anaesthetics

If you’ve ever needed a tooth out, or had surgery of any kind, chances are you’ll have experienced use of an inhalational anaesthetic. All of the compounds shown above can induce general anaesthesia, and a range have been utilised since the initial discovery of nitrous oxide in the mid-1800s. Often, intravenous drugs will be used for induction of anaesthesia, but inhalational agents may then be used to maintain this – this graphic looks at how the drugs in use for this purpose have varied over the years.  
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over 4 years ago
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What does it mean to put new hepatitis C drugs on a list of essential medicines?

Expensive treatments for common conditions are unaffordable for most health system, even if they are cost effective. Julian Urrutia and colleagues examine how countries could respond to WHO making direct acting antivirals essential medicines  
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over 4 years ago
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Maine Mandates e-Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Maine has become the second state after New York to include EPCS in legislation dealing with the opioid epidemic; the state medical association supported the bill.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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High Hope for Medical Marijuana in Digestive Disorders

Does science suggest that medical marijuana could be effective in the treatment of various digestive disorders, and could legalization provide an avenue for further research into its benefits?  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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What does it mean to put new hepatitis C drugs on a list of essential medicines?

Expensive treatments for common conditions are unaffordable for most health system, even if they are cost effective. Julian Urrutia and colleagues examine how countries could respond to WHO making direct acting antivirals essential medicines  
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over 4 years ago
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No increased heart failure risk is reported with DPP-4 inhibitors

The risk of heart failure is no higher in patients taking the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4) saxagliptin or sitagliptin than in those taking other drugs commonly prescribed for type 2 diabetes, researchers have found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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Is the Hype of Medical Marijuana All Smoke and Mirrors?

Is there enough scientific data to recommend marijuana as a medical treatment?  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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No increased heart failure risk is reported with DPP-4 inhibitors

The risk of heart failure is no higher in patients taking the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors (DPP-4) saxagliptin or sitagliptin than in those taking other drugs commonly prescribed for type 2 diabetes, researchers have found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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Anti-HIV Pill Not Cost Effective Among U.S. Drug Abusers

Providing anti-HIV pills to people who abuse injection drugs in the U.S. would reduce infections and save lives but end up costing the healthcare system billions of dollars a year, researchers say.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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ASCO's TAPUR Study: Off-Label Drugs for Actionable Mutations

Dr Edward Kim, a principal investigator in ASCO's TAPUR study, describes the trial's unique approach to evaluating the efficacy of targeted cancer therapies prescribed off-label.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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European Panel Endorses Three Cancer Drugs

The European regulators were busy this week with announcements about two drugs for hematologic cancers and one for neuroendocrine tumors.  
medscape.com
over 4 years ago
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New drugs for aggressive prostate cancer 'promising' - BBC News

A new type of cancer drug could benefit men with aggressive prostate cancer which is no longer responding to treatment, say researchers.  
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over 4 years ago
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US gets lower return on its cancer drug spending, study finds

Increased spending on cancer drugs has yielded significant benefits in terms of years of life gained, but compared with other developed nations the United States has seen the smallest return on its investment, a new study has found.1  
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over 4 years ago
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Consider legalising drugs despite UN treaties, says influential commission

Many countries are already looking beyond the prohibitive stance of the “war on drugs,” which is widely seen as a harmful and costly failure. Richard Hurley reports from New York  
feeds.bmj.com
over 4 years ago