CLINICAL

Popular asthma inhaler now expanded to kidsA leading asthma inhaler will now be available to additional younger asthma patients, after FDA approved Spiriva Respimat (Boehringer Ingelheim) for the long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of asthma in people age 6 and older.
Psoriasis drug approved with boxed warningA new drug to treat moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis carries a black box warning that suicidal ideas and behavior, including completed suicides, have occurred in patients during the drug’s clinical trials.
New bladder cancer, kidney disease therapies availableFDA recently approved 2 new therapies: an expanded drug indication for locally advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma (mUC) and a treatment for secondary hyperparathyroidism (HPT) in adult patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) on hemodialysis.
Major allergic reactions linked to common antisepticsFDA is warning about rare but serious allergic reactions have from the widely-used skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate.
Diabetic patients challenge insulin makersIn the latest flap over the high cost of drugs, diabetes patients filed a class-action lawsuit against insulin makers.
Will Trump’s FDA picks speed drug approvals?Three candidates that President Donald Trump is considering for FDA Commissioner are likely to speed drug approvals, analysts say.
First therapy approved for rare blood cancerFDA recently granted accelerated approved for ibrutinib (Imbruvica, Janssen, Pharmacyclics), the first treatment for patients with a certain type of lymphoma.
Drug distributor pays record fineMcKesson Corp., one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals, agreed to pay a record civil penalty for alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.
Constipation drug wins approvalFDA approved plecanatide (Trulance, Synergy Pharmaceuticals) for adults with chronic idiopathic constipation.
Trump's drug pricing comments create debateWhile President-elect Donald Trump recently said that the pharmaceutical industry is “getting away with murder” in terms of drug prices, the industry is trying to self-regulate before facing tighter rules from the incoming administration.

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