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FDA panel considers benefits, risks of experimental rheumatoid arthritis drug

Drug regulators are questioning whether an experimental drug for rheumatoid arthritis has too great of a cancer risk and whether it actually works as well as the drug company claims. The drug, tofacitinib, marketed by Pfizer, is under review by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel, which will vote whether to recommend the treatment for FDA approval. The FDA isn’t required to follow the advice of its expert panels, but it usually does. Analysts have pegged tofacitinib as a potential blockbuster medication. “Blockbuster drugs” are ones that generate at least $1 billion in revenue for their owner over ... Read More

Could X-rays, mammograms be linked to rising thyroid cancer rates?

The incidence of many cancers is decreasing, but thyroid cancer is on the rise. Popular television host Dr. Oz this week suggested the increase could be linked to excessive use of dental X-rays and mammograms. Risk factors for thyroid cancer include hereditary conditions and iodine deficiency, though the latter is rare in the United States because of iodized salts. Thyroid cancer is also four times more likely to occur in women than men, leading some to suggest that estrogen might fuel the growth of thyroid cancer. (Estrogen is also linked to some types of breast cancer.) Another leading risk factor for ... Read More