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Drug Co. Swaps Anti-Depressant, ED Pills That Look Nothing Alike

OOPS ... Dec 10, 2020 Gizmodo – Pharmaceutical company AvKare issued recalls on Wednesday after pills were inadvertently mixed during bottling, according to the FDA. The generic drugs being recalled are sildenafil, used to treat erectile dysfunction, and trazodone, an antidepressant and sedative. Unintentionally taking sildenafil may be dangerous for some patients because it can lower blood pressure and interact badly with other medications, especially people who take nitrates to treat conditions like diabetes, high...

Trump Heavily Promoting COVID Vaccine

"The White House looks to explain that the vaccine is safe and lay out the administration's plans to bring it to the American people." WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking a victory lap ahead of the expected approval of the first U.S. vaccine for the coronavirus, as the White House works to instill confidence in the distribution that will largely be executed by President-elect Joe Biden.  Trump scheduled an event celebrating "Operation Warp Speed,"...

“Other Than That, It’s Fine” – Deadly Rx Side Effects

"From 2011 to mid-2017, the FDA received more than 5.4 million reports of prescription drug adverse events, including more than 1 million deaths." Oct 16, 2020 DrugWatch.com – Even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may approve a drug or medical device for use, it may still cause side effects or complications for some patients. Manufacturers, regulators and health care professionals have to weigh the benefits of a drug or device against its risks....

Vaccine FAQs, Answered By Mayo Clinic

Are vaccines safe, effective, and necessary? Answers to common questions from Mayo Clinic doctors |  Nov 30, 2020 Concerns from those who are hesitant about vaccines often fall into these categories: Can I trust the source of the recommendation? Is the vaccine effective? Is the vaccine safe? Is the vaccine needed? Are there reasonable alternatives? November 30, 2020 Mayo Clinic – Hesitance toward vaccines is common, says Dr. Robert M. Jacobson, medical director of...

New Vax Is 94.5% Effective, Says Moderna

"These are very exciting results." – Dr. Anthony Fauci | In Moderna's trial, 15,000 study participants were given a placebo shot. Over several months, 90 of them developed Covid-19 – 11 of them severe. Another 15,000 participants were given the vaccine, and only five of them developed Covid-19. None of the five became severely ill. – CNN Nov 16, 2020 Stat News – Moderna’s vaccine against Covid-19 is strongly effective, the company said Monday, building excitement...

Doctor Slams Cuomo Over Anti-Vax Remarks

Fox News  – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statements casting doubt on a potential coronavirus vaccine because he doesn't trust President Trump is "disheartening," a doctor who has treated critically ill COVID-19 patients in New York City said Saturday. Trump, speaking in the Rose Garden Friday, said the government will delay delivery of the vaccine to New York until the Democratic governor commits to distributing it "immediately." Cuomo responded by calling Trump a "bully" and expressing...

Urinating Pastor Was Drunk, On Ambien: Report

Pastor accused of urinating on woman on plane was on Ambien, had BAC of .17 ROMULUS, Mich. (FOX 2) - A North Carolina pastor has been ticketed for a charge of simple assault after authorities said he relieved himself on a sleeping woman in the backseat of a Delta plane as she returned to Detroit from Las Vegas. Daniel Chalmers has been identified as the pastor police say is responsible for urinating on the sleeping woman...

One-Third Of Older Adults Are Given The WRONG Meds

“De-prescribing is currently at an early stage in the U.S. Further work is needed to implement interventions that target unnecessary and inappropriate medications in older adults. ” – David Jacobs, assistant professor of pharmacy practice in the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences 34% of older adults in the U.S. are prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs, raising health care costs by hundreds per patient Research finds these patients are prescribed twice as many drugs, and nearly twice...

New Drug Promises “Rapid Recovery From Respiratory Failure”

"Overall, 81% of RLF-100™-treated patients survived beyond 60 days, compared to 17% of control patients." Oct 13, 2020 GENEVA and RADNOR, PA, PRNewswire – RELIEF THERAPEUTICS Holding AG and NeuroRx, Inc., today announced topline results from 45 patients assessed in an open-label prospective study where 21 patients admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) with critical COVID-19 and respiratory failure were treated with RLF-100™(aviptadil) and compared to 24 control patients treated in the same setting. All...

Trump Receiving Remdesivir, Zinc

Oct 3, 2020 Washington Post – The president is receiving remdesivir, an antiviral drug that has shown modest benefits for some people, at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and has “completed his first dose and is resting comfortably,” according to a late Friday statement from his physician. Remdesivir was developed in partnership with government agencies and at least $70 million from U.S. taxpayers. For doctors and researchers, clinical studies have reinforced questions about the effectiveness of...

Who Keeps Putting Russian Drugs In US Supplements?

Sep 23, 2020 Inverse.com – THE PACKAGING OF SO-CALLED "BRAIN BOOSTING" SUPPLEMENTS typically promises buyers exciting results like mental clarity, enhanced creativity, and a razor sharp memory. What you actually get inside of that bottle, is likely to be something quite different. For instance, it might include a drug licensed in Russia to treat traumatic brain injuries, or one used to treat stroke complications in Europe, according to new research. An analysis published Wednesday in Neurology: Clinical...

Drive-Thru Vaccine Clinic ‘Dry Run’ Starts Tuesday

“It came really handy,” David Heaton, Southwest Utah Public Health Department on using a “shootout” dry run to prepare for a pandemic vaccination.  Is this the model for mass vaccination while maintaining social distance? Test starts Tuesday in Utah Sep 18, 2020 ST. GEORGE — A large round-up to give people flu vaccinations at the fairgrounds at Washington County Regional Park will be a test run for how a COVID-19 vaccine would be distributed en masse when...

Big Pharma Twists Arms To Keep Insulin Prices High

Josh Wilkerson could not afford his insulin on the high-deductible health plan offered by his employer. He died at 27 after switching to over-the-counter insulin. August 14, 2020 FairWarning – Tennessee state Rep. Jason Hodges wanted to do something about the soaring cost of insulin. He learned that in the United States, the average list price for insulin tripled from 2002 to 2013 and then doubled from 2012 to 2016, forcing some diabetics to spend as...

100s Of Rx ID’ed As Possible Covid-19 Treatments

Aug 12, 2020 | University of California - Riverside – Scientists at the University of California, Riverside, have used machine learning to identify hundreds of new potential drugs that could help treat COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, or SARS-CoV-2. "There is an urgent need to identify effective drugs that treat or prevent COVID-19," said Anandasankar Ray, a professor of molecular, cell, and systems biology who led the research. "We have developed a drug discovery...

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