NPA hosts 20th Annual Natural Products Day to promote VMS industry to Congress

WASHINGTON — The Natural Products Association last week hosted its members from across the nation for its 20th Annual Natural Products Day in the nation’s capital.  NPD attendees, which included retailers, suppliers, distributors and other industry consultant members, met with more than 100 members of Congress and staff to educate them on the industry’s issues …

Drug Tied to Dementia Risk Overprescribed to Seniors: Study

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 — A drug linked to a raised risk of dementia is taken by millions of older Americans who have an overactive bladder, researchers say. More than one-quarter of patients with the urinary problem had been prescribed the drug oxybutynin (Ditropan), an international team of investigators found. Yet, “oxybutynin is a particularly …

Diclofenac and ibuprofen linked to significantly increased risk of cardiac arrest

Source: Stephen Barnes / Alamy Stock Photo Research published in the European Heart Journal: Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy showed that diclofenac was linked to a 50% increased risk of cardiac arrest while ibuprofen was linked to a 31% increase in risk. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) have been associated with increased cardiovascular risk for the past ten years, …

Medical News Today: Occupational exposure to magnetic fields increases risk of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a rare neurodegenerative disease of unknown origin that is currently untreatable. New research suggests that workplace exposure to magnetic fields may be responsible for the disease. New research suggests that a high level of occupational exposure to extremely low-frequency magnetic fields increases the risk of developing ALS. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis …

Consumer Reports highlights retailer generic savings offers

Consumer Reports is shining a light on the generics savings programs that various retailers offer through their pharmacies, including Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Costco, Kmart and Sam’s Club. The report notes that while many offer deals on 30- and 90-day generics supplies, many also offer memberships that open up more discounts on other drugs. (Consumer …

FDA-OK'd Drug Offers Hope to Sickest MS Patients

WEDNESDAY, March 29, 2017 — A new multiple sclerosis drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Tuesday offers hope to patients with the most severe form of the progressive disease. The intravenous drug, made by Genentech, is called ocrelizumab (Ocrevus). Given every six months, it worked best for patients with relapsing multiple …

NICE proposes routine HIV testing in high prevalence areas

Source: Shutterstock.com NICE says adults and young people living in ‘high’ or ‘extremely high’ HIV districts should be offered an HIV test when they first register with their GP and a routine HIV test annually Adults and young people who live in local authority areas where the prevalence of HIV is ranked as ‘extremely high’ …