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Pfizer, Acura Say FDA Clears Painkiller Oxecta

Pfizer Inc. and Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved a powerful painkiller that is designed to be harder to abuse. The FDA cleared marketing of Oxecta as an immediate-release treatment for moderate to severe pain. The drug is designed to discourage common methods of abuse like crushing or dissolving, and it contains a compound that irritates the nose if it is snorted. Shares of...

UPDATE 1-Pfizer stop-smoking pill raises heart ris...

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc’s (PFE.N) stop-smoking drug Chantix can lead to a small increase in cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks for patients who already have cardiovascular disease, U.S. drug regulators said on Thursday. The Food and Drug Administration is changing the label for Chantix after reviewing the results of a clinical trial. An independent randomized trial of 700 smokers with...

Blood pressure drugs not linked to cancer risk, sa...

A type of blood pressure-lowering medication known as angiotensin receptor blockers won’t increase a patient’s risk for cancer, the Food and Drug Administration said this week. So those taking the drugs for high blood pressure can just…relax. Concern about the drugs’ possible link to cancer risk arose last year after an analysis of several studies suggested that angiotensin receptor blockers, or ARBs, might...

WHO Says Cell Phones May Cause Cancer

A work group of the World Health Organization has declared the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by cell phones to be “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” The declaration was made after a week-long meeting of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, which involved 31 scientists from 14 countries, who decided there was enough evidence linking use of cellphones to an...

FDA Okays New HIV Drug

WASHINGTON — The FDA has approved rilpivirine (Edurant) for the treatment of HIV patients who have not yet begun therapy. The drug, a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, is intended to be used as part of highly active anti-retroviral therapy (HAART) with at least two other medications, the agency said. Rilpivirine, also known as TMC278, is to be taken once a day with food and offers another medication...

Hazardous and untested flame retardants pervasive ...

A study of products designed for babies and toddlers – including car seats, nursing pillows, changing pads, bassinet mattresses and other items made with polyurethane foam – found that 80% of products tested contained chemical flame retardants considered toxic, according to a peer-reviewed study published today in the Environmental Science & Technology Journal. The same flame retardants are also found in ...
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