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Overtreating glucose levels can take a toll on diabetes patientsMayo Clinic researchers found that beyond overtesting, focus on HbA1C levels can lead to serious harms for patients, especially as more diabetes drugs are needed to keep HbA1C within desired targets.
FDA: Antibiotics class must carry warningFDA added new safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics, fluoroquinolones (Levaquin, Cipro and other branded drugs), to enhance warnings about their association with disabling and potentially permanent side effects. Plus, the new labeling says that the drugs’ use should be limited in patients with less serious bacterial infections.
New diabetes drug up against leading brandsFDA approved lixisenatide (Adlyxin, Sanofi-Aventis), a once-daily mealtime GLP-1 receptor agonist injection for type 2 diabetes, which will compete against the once-weekly pen dulaglutide (Trulicity, Eli Lilly) and the injectable liraglutide (Victoza, Novo Nordisk).
Diabetes complications fuel rising costsMedication nonadherence and complications from type 2 diabetes is resulting in signficant economic and societal burdens in the U.S. and other countries, according to a new report.
FDA approves first once-monthly injection to lower cholesterolFDA approved evolocumab (Repatha, Amgen) Pushtronex system, the first monthly single-dose injection of a PCSK9 inhibitor. Repatha was already approved by FDA as the only PCSK9 inhibitor with a monthly dose last August.
Top 4 ways US is combating opioid epidemic
Top 4 ways US is combating opioid epidemicExpanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, is one of several new actions announced by Health and Human Services (HHS) to combat the opioid epidemic. Here are the top 4 new provisions from HHS.
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive market
Cheaper hep C drug enters competitive marketA new drug approved by FDA to treat chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection this week enters a competitive, lucrative market headed up by Gilead Science’s Sovaldi and Harvoni, as well as AbbVie’s Viekira Pak. FDA granted priority review and breakthrough therapy designation to Gilead’s combination product, Epclusa (sofosbuvir 400 mg/velpatasvir 100 mg).
Patient navigators can benefit diabetes outcomesStudy seeks to determine whether significant improvement in glycemic control can be achieved when regular coaching is part of the process.
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.

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