Tag Archives: Drugs

More than half of ‘new’ drugs are no better than established treatments

Pointless pills? More than half of ‘new’ drugs are no better than established treatments at reducing the risk of early death, easing symptoms or improving quality of life A study assessed 216 drugs that entered Germany between 2011 and 2017  Only a quarter were judged to have a ‘considerable or major added benefit’  58% had… Read More »

Hurting for revenue, Mylan shells out $130M for basket of Aspen drugs

With share prices tumbling and a massive drug-price fixing lawsuit hanging over its head, Mylan’s future is looking increasingly spooky. Could a modest acquisition help turn the tide? It’s willing to try and find out. The Pennsylvania drugmaker will shell out $ 130 million for Aspen Pharmacare’s portfolio of prescription and over-the-counter products in Australia and New… Read More »

Anti-Epileptic Drugs in Reproductive eAge Women: Valproic Acid and Topiramate Common

There have long been concerns regarding the safety of the anticonvulsant valproic acid (Depakote) during pregnancy.  Back in 2009, the American Academy of Neurology and American Epilepsy Society recommended against the use of valproic acid in women of childbearing age because of the various risks associated with prenatal exposure, citing significantly increased risk of congenital… Read More »