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2009-02-03 08:43:25

Nearly every patient who receives care in the intensive care unit (ICU) requires sedation. But, as researchers have discovered, not all sedation medications are equal.Researchers at the University of Vermont found use of the sedative dexmedetomidine for critically ill patients resulted in less time on a ventilator and less delirium compared to patients who were given the more commonly used drug midazolam.During the study, researchers randomized 375 critically ill ICU patients who were...

2009-01-16 12:32:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Use of prescription sleep aids nearly tripled among 18- to 24-year-olds between 1998 and 2006, according to a study released today by the Healthcare business of Thomson Reuters. During the study period, the average length of time sleep aids were used by adults under age 45 increased more than 40 percent -- rising from 64 days in 1998 to 93 days in 2006. "Insomnia, a condition traditionally associated with older adults, appears to be...

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2009-01-16 06:55:00

Need the help of a pill to catch some zzz's? According to a new study you're not alone; the use of prescription sleep aids nearly tripled among young adults between 1998 and 2006."Insomnia, a condition traditionally associated with older adults, appears to be causing larger numbers of young adults to turn to prescription sleep aids, and to depend on them for longer periods of time," said William Marder, senior vice president and general manager for the healthcare business of Thomson Reuters,...

2009-01-12 18:33:00

Results Show Successful Clinical Validation of Pharmacodynamic Effect REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an emerging specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of intermittent and acute medical conditions with an initial emphasis on pain management, today announced positive results from a Phase 1 clinical study evaluating the safety, tolerability and efficacy of the company's proprietary sublingual sufentanil (opioid) and triazolam...

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2009-01-01 14:10:00

The largest proportions of all insomnia-related expenses are attributed to lost job productivity, absences from work and alcohol used as a sleep aid A study in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that the indirect costs of untreated insomnia are significantly greater than the direct costs associated with its treatment. The study estimates that the total annual cost of insomnia in the province of Quebec is 6.5 billion Canadian dollars, representing about one percent of the...

2008-12-16 08:00:00

FDA to review Intermezzo(R) (zolpidem tartrate sublingual lozenge) as the first sleep aid specifically designed for the treatment of middle-of-the-night awakenings PT. RICHMOND, Calif., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that it has received confirmation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the New Drug Application (NDA) for Intermezzo(R) (zolpidem tartrate sublingual lozenge) has been...

2008-12-14 19:00:00

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Eisai Corporation of North America today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved LUSEDRA(TM) (fospropofol disodium) Injection, an intravenous sedative-hypnotic agent for monitored anesthesia care (MAC) sedation in adult patients undergoing diagnostic or therapeutic procedures. In the approval, the FDA required that LUSEDRA be used only by persons trained in the administration of general anesthesia and that...

2008-10-28 06:00:11

US-based pharmaceutical company Sepracor has announced that the European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has issued a positive opinion recommending to grant a marketing authorization for Lunivia brand eszopiclone in the EU for the treatment of insomnia. The EU labeling provides for patients who require longer-term therapy to be treated for up to six months, with the usual course of therapy for typical patients being short term. Lunivia is marketed in the US...

2008-10-24 06:00:24

Sepracor Inc. (Nasdaq: SEPR) today announced that the EMEA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has issued a positive opinion recommending to grant a marketing authorization for LUNIVIA(R) brand eszopiclone in the European Union (EU) for the treatment of insomnia. The EU labeling provides for patients who require longer-term therapy to be treated for up to six months, with the usual course of therapy for typical patients being short-term. LUNIVIA is marketed in the U.S....

2008-10-22 09:00:42

PT. RICHMOND, Calif., Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately-held specialty pharmaceutical company, announced today that a Phase 3 study evaluating the safety and efficacy of its lead product candidate, Intermezzo(R) (zolpidem tartrate sublingual lozenge), has been published in the September 2008 issue of SLEEP, a publication of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. Intermezzo(R) is a low dose, buffered, sublingual formulation of zolpidem intended to be...