Author Archives: Jennifer Walker-Journey

FDA approves new type 2 diabetes drug Tanzeum

Posted: April 18, 2014 Pharmaceutical

After a three-month delay, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved GlaxoSmithKline’s new type 2 diabetes treatment, albiglutide. The drug will be marketed in the United States as Tanzeum.

Study: Low T contributes to more satisfying relationships

Posted: April 17, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Low testosterone levels in men have been blamed for a variety of symptoms – from low sex drive and mood swings to weight gain and muscle loss. But a new study shows that low testosterone has its benefits. It may actually

Cases of diabetes on the rise in the United States

Posted: April 17, 2014 Pharmaceutical

The number of Americans with diabetes has nearly doubled in the past 20 years, paralleling the country’s growing obesity epidemic. Experts say if the trend continues, the number of Americans with diabetes will reach 44 million in the next 20

Federal judge blocks Massachusetts ban of new painkiller Zohydro

Posted: April 16, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Drug maker Zogenix Inc., won another battle in its war to get its controversial painkiller Zohydro on the market. This week, a Massachusetts federal judge blocked plans by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to ban prescriptions and sales of the newly

Boys with autism more likely to have been exposed to SSRIs in womb

Posted: April 16, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Boys born to women who took a type of antidepressant during pregnancy were three times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than boys who were not exposed to the drugs in utero, a new study has found. The greatest

Doctor raises red flags regarding heart risks with testosterone therapy

Posted: April 15, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Testosterone replacement therapy may sound attractive with ads promising to build muscle mass and boost libido, but Low T therapy may not be all that it’s cracked up to be, warns Dr. Joe Littlejohn, a urologist at Orlando Health. It

Consumer Reports group pushes for warranties on artificial hips

Posted: April 14, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Nearly a half-million Americans each year undergo hip replacement surgery, an invasive operation that requires weeks of rehabilitation. Typical hip implants can last 20 years or more before being replaced, but some have been shown to fail at a faster

Bayer files motion to dismiss some of its Mirena IUD lawsuits

Posted: April 14, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals is hoping to ditch some of the 450 lawsuits it faces over inadequate warnings for possible complications with its Mirena intrauterine device on the grounds that the cases have exceeded the statute of limitations. The Mirena IUD is

European drug regulators investigating heart attack, stroke, death risks with testosterone therapies

Posted: April 14, 2014 Pharmaceutical

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is reviewing the safety of testosterone therapy after studies showed the treatment increases the risk of strokes, heart attacks and death. The announcement comes three months after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a

Anti-seizure drug Stavzor linked to life threatening liver failure

Posted: April 13, 2014 Pharmaceutical

The anti-seizure and mood-stabilizing drug Stavzor and its derivatives has been linked to serious and sometimes fatal liver failure, and the risk is even greater in children younger than age 2 and patients with mitochondrial disease. The Food and Drug