Clinical News

Empowered patients more likely to stick to diabetes treatmentsEmpowerment is an important factor to address everyday aspects of dealing with a chronic disease, including diabetes, according to a study that evaluated the effect of diabetes empowerment on medication adherence and self-care behaviors in adults with type 2 diabetes.
Zika vaccine on the horizonThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) plans to help bring a vaccine for the Zika virus to market immediately via Emergent BioSolutions Inc., which also developed the anthrax vaccine.
FDA approves rare liver disease drugFDA recently granted accelerated approval for obeticholic acid (Ocaliva, Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis.
FDA approves first treatment for acute GVHDFDA just granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation for the first treatment for acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD): ruxolitinib (Jakafi, Incyte Corp.).
FDA approves novel kidney disease drugAfter initially rejecting calcifediol (Rayaldee, Opko Health) for chronic kidney disease earlier this year because of manufacturing concerns, FDA approved the drug four months ahead of its new timeline. Rayaldee extended release capsules is the first drug to receive FDA approval for the treatment of secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) in adults with stage 3 or 4 chronic kidney disease (CKD) and serum total 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels less than 30 ng/mL.
New kidney warning on popular diabetes drugsSoon after FDA warned about a potential increased risk of foot and leg amputations with the use of the type 2 diabetes medication canagliflozin (Invokana and Invokamet, Janssen Biotech), the agency strengthened the existing warning about the risk of acute kidney injury with Invokana and Invokamet, as well as dapagliflozin (Farxiga and Xigduo XR, AstraZeneca).
First US cholera vaccine availableFDA approved the first US vaccine for cholera, Vaxchora, made by PaxVax Bermuda Ltd. in Hamilton, Bermuda. Vaxchora is the only single-dose vaccine for cholera currently licensed anywhere in the world.
Teva halts migraine patch sales over burnsTeva Pharmaceuticals is temporarily suspending sales and distribution of its sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system (Zecuity) patch for migraines, after FDA said it is investigating the risk of serious burns with the use of the patch.
FDA warns about OTC antacids, antidiarrheal medFDA is warning consumers about the risk of serious bleeding when using over-the-counter aspirin-containing antacid products to treat heartburn. The agency also issued a separate warning about loperamide (Imodium, Johnson & Johnson), saying that abuse or misuse of the product can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death.
New hypertension drug gets FDA approvalThe first and only fixed-dose combination of a beta blocker beta blocker (BB) and angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) for hypertension will be available in the US in the second half of the year. FDA approved nebivolol and valsartan (Byvalson, Allergan) 5 mg/80 mg tablets in early June.