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November 15, 2012
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  • FDA criticized at hearing about compounding pharmacies
    The FDA needs new authority over drug compounders to avoid tragedies such as the fatal meningitis outbreak tied to contaminated custom-made drugs from the New England Compounding Center, FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told members of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. However, several lawmakers sharply criticized the FDA, and committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., faulted the agency for not following up after finding problems years ago. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (11/14), The Washington Post (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AMA backs ending pay-for-delay
    The American Medical Association issued a statement in support of banning deals between brand-name and generic-drug-makers to delay generics' market entry. "Pay for delay keeps quality, low-cost generic drugs out of the marketplace and unnecessarily drives up costs for patients," according to board member Patrice Harris in an AMA statement. blog (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Medication adherence lowers death risk in schizophrenia patients
    Researchers looking at data on more than 2,100 adult patients with schizophrenia found that those who were at least 90% compliant with their antipsychotic treatment regimen were 25% less likely to die than those with compliance below 10%. Among patients on high daily doses of first-generation antipsychotics, however, risk of death was 88% greater. The study appeared online in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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