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Pepin's Pharmaceutical Prattle for 01-18-2010

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Have a GREAT week!



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1) Compliance pays

Patients who keep taking their “statins” cut their death rate. A 50% increase in compliance could cut death rate in half. If you die you will be 100% dead but if you live… now THAT is something else.


2) Al Bundy Disease treatment? (Married with Children)

Nags deficiency? Actually it is N acetyl glutamate synthetase, or NAGS, deficiency.  FDA panel recommends approval of a drug to treat this inborn enzyme deficiency that causes a build up of ammonia in the blood. Don’t expect this to be used in too many of your patients when it is approved but I’m sure it will cost a pretty penny.


3) More Chantix law suits

Three cases allege suicidal activity because Pfizer did not notify docs quickly enough. (1 successful and 2 attempts)


4) ‘BamaCare wants to speed biogenerics

The behind closed door meetings of Congress and the POTUS are likely to limit the exclusivity to biologics for the oriniating company. Another blow to development of new drugs would be struck.



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5) Drug price hikes in anticipation of “BamaCare

Increases in drug prices may be accelerating in anticipation of direct price negotiations between pharmaceutical companies and the government.


6) Spiriva manufacturer breaths a sigh of relief

FDA finds Spiriva is as safe as placebo in controlled trials of cardiovascular risk of the pulmonary drug.


7) Is it that we just can’t get any fatter?

Rates of obesity are leveling off. Could it be that fat people are just dying off at a greater rate? Read more…






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