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Neural tube defects with Dolutegravir-based HIV medications

May 22, 2018 –The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released a Safety Alert concerning serious neural tube defects that might arise in babies born to women who took HIV medications that contained the active ingredient Dolutegravir. Neural tube defects are birth defects that can occur early in pregnancy when the spinal cord,

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FDA: Sweeping new federal ruling bars e-cigarette sales to teens younger than 18

May 5, 2016 – Today, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others, which includes the barring of sales of these products to teens under 18 years old.

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Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) approved to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s disease

April 29, 2016 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pimavanserin (Nuplazid), the first drug approved to treat hallucinations and delusions associated with psychosis experienced by some people with Parkinson’s disease. Pimavanserin (Nuplazid) acts as an inverse agonist on the serotonin receptor subtype 5-HT2A,

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The new psoriasis drug Secukinumab (Cosentyx), a IL-17A-inhibiting antibody, approved by the FDA

January 21, 2015 –  On this day, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Cosentyx (secukinumab) to treat adults with moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis.  Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes patches of skin redness and irritation. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder, and occurs more commonly in patients in with a family history of the disease,

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Olodaterol [Striverdi Respimat] approved to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

July 31, 2014 – Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Striverdi Respimat (olodaterol) inhalation spray to treat patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema that are experiencing airflow obstruction. Striverdi Respimat can be used once daily over a long period of time.

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Dietary supplements containing kratom have been seized in the United States

January 6, 2016 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced that U.S. Marshals, at the agency’s request, seized nearly 90,000 bottles of dietary supplements labeled as containing kratom, which itself contains as component, among others, the compound mitragynine.

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Necitumumab (Portrazza) approved for the treatment of advanced squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

November 28, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Necitumumab (Portrazza) in combination with two forms of chemotherapy to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have not previously received medication specifically for treating their advanced lung cancer.

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Theragenomic medicine: FDA approves Osimertinib (Tagrisso) to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who carry the EGFR mutation T790M

November 14, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just granted accelerated approval for an oral medication to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Osimertinib (Tagrisso) was approved for patients whose tumors have a specific epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation (T790M) and whose disease has gotten worse after treatment with other EGFR-blocking therapy.

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Sonidegib (Odomzo): A second Hedgehog pathway inhibitor approved as new treatment for most common form of advanced skin cancer

August 02, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) very recently approved Sonidegib (Odomzo) to treat patients with locally advanced basal cell carcinoma that has recurred following surgery or radiation therapy, or who are not candidates for surgery or radiation therapy.

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A very exciting week for patients with hepatitis C viral (HCV) infections of the genotypes 3 and 4

July 31, 2015 – This week, just in time for World Hepatitis Day on July 28, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Daclatasvir (Daklinza)  for use with sofosbuvir to treat hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 3 infections. In addition,

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