May 2017 Skin & Eye Health

FDA Report Recaps Progress, Goals in Generic Drug Approvals

May 21, 2017

Generic Times News

The FDA’s Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) recently released its 2016 Annual Report, which highlights the agency’s accomplishments of the past year and provides insight into the office’s performance.

Children Face Greatest Risk of Sport-Related Eye Injuries

May 19, 2017

Eye Health Watch

A majority of the approximately 30,000 sports-related eye injuries requiring an emergency department visit that occur each year in the United States are experienced by children and teenagers, a recent study has indicated.

LASIK Poses Lower Risk of Infection Than Contacts

May 18, 2017

Eye Health Watch

Although contact lenses are often considered to be safer for patients’ eyes than ocular surgery, the results of a recent study suggest that undergoing LASIK carries a lower risk of infection than wearing contacts over time.

Sodium Intake Remains High Among Hypertension Patients

May 17, 2017

Disease State Management

Although the US department of health and human services recommends that individuals with high blood pressure limit their sodium intake to 1500 mg per day, recent study results presented at the American College of Cardiology’s 66th Annual Scientific Session have indicated that sodium consumption has increased among these patients.

Systolic Blood Pressure Decreases Can Reduce Mortality

May 16, 2017

Disease State Management

Intensive treatment focused on lowering systolic blood pressure could lead to significant reductions in mortality rates, according to the results of a recent study published in Circulation.

Children with High Uric Acid Levels Face Heightened Hypertension Risk

May 15, 2017

Disease State Management

The results of a recent study published in the American Journal of Hypertension demonstrate that children with high levels of uric acid are more likely to develop high blood pressure than those with normal uric acid levels.

Board of Pharmacy Authority Over an Out-of-State Pharmacy

May 14, 2017

Legal Focus

When a mail order pharmacy is subject to sanctions by a board of pharmacy in a different state, may the board of pharmacy in another state to which the mail order pharmacy distributes prescription medications apply sanctions?

Counterfeit Medications

May 13, 2017

Legal Focus

My first introduction to the world of counterfeit prescription drugs was approximately 2 decades ago, when someone who worked for Pfizer showed me 2 identical-looking Viagra tablets on screen at a drug-training course.

Using Grapefruit to Improve Drug Response

May 07, 2017

Drug Interactions

In 1989, researchers doing a study designed to assess a drug interaction between ethanol and felodipine accidentally discovered that grapefruit juice substantially increased felodipine plasma concentrations.

Psoriasis: New Treatment Options Make Clear Skin Possible

May 06, 2017

Rx Focus

Psoriasis is an itchy, uncomfortable, hyperproliferative dermatologic condition that tends to affect patients’ elbows, knees, scalp, umbilicus, lumbar regions, fingernails, toenails, and areas with skinfolds.