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Outpatient visits for flu-like illness dropped for a second week in a row but remained above the peak seen during many flu seasons, federal officials say. They predict that flu activity is likely to remain elevated for several weeks. During the week ending February 17—week 7 of this flu season—the…
Elagolix (AbbVie) and low-dose hormone therapy reduced heavy menstrual bleeding among women with uterine fibroids in the phase 3 ELARIS UF-I study, with 68.5% achieving a clinical response compared with placebo (8.7%). Clinical response, measured by the alkaline hematin method, was defined as menstrual…
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) has voted to restore the recommendation it withdrew two years ago for the use of an intranasal flu vaccine. The recommendation reflects positive results from a U.S. study in children between their second and fourth birthdays. AstraZeneca announced…
Taking a once-daily tablet of semaglutide led to “significant and superior improvements” in long-term blood sugar levels for people with diabetes in the phase 3a PIONEER1 trial, Novo Nordisk announced. PIONEER 1 is the first phase 3a trial of oral semaglutide, a new GLP-1 analogue for the treatment…
A vast research study that sought to settle a long-standing debate about whether or not antidepressant drugs really work has found they are indeed effective in relieving acute depression in adults, according to a Reuters report. The international study––a meta-analysis pooling results of 522 trials…
Aimmune Therapeutics, Inc., has announced that its peanut allergy drug met the main goal of an eagerly awaited late-stage study, sending its shares up 18% pre-market, Reuters reports. The positive trial data comes nearly four months after French drug developer DBV Technologies SA’s stick-on patch…
The FDA has approved an amantadine extended-release tablet (Osmolex ER, Osmotica Pharmaceutical) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and for the treatment of drug-induced extrapyramidal reactions in adults. Extrapyramidal symptoms are known side effects of many common medications. Osmolex ER…
A mass shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead has reopened a debate in Congress about loosening long-standing restrictions on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research into gun violence, according to an article in The Hill. Democrats have frequently railed against…