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2012-05-04 12:28:07

An extensive UCSF study questions previous study's analytic methods A popular smoking cessation medication has been under a cloud of suspicion ever since the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published a study in July 2011 reporting "risk of serious adverse cardiovascular events associated with varenicline." Varenicline, also known as Chantix, blocks the pleasant effects of nicotine on the smoker's brain and lessens nicotine withdrawal symptoms. UCSF researchers, however,...

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2011-07-05 05:20:00

According to a new study described in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular smoking cessation drug on the market have a 72 percent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problem. "People want to quit smoking to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease but in this case they're taking a drug that increases the risk for the very problems they're trying to avoid," Sonal Singh, M.D., M.P.H., an...

2011-06-17 06:37:04

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- People who use a mist inhaler to deliver a drug widely prescribed in more than 55 countries to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be 52 percent more likely to die, according to this study. The findings raise concerns not only about the mist inhaler- a device that delivers a soluble form of the medication tiotropium- but also about the drug itself. The mist inhaler isn't approved in the U.S., but the drug in its powdered form is commonly used to treat...

2011-06-15 13:37:55

People who use a mist inhaler to deliver a drug widely prescribed in more than 55 countries to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) may be 52 percent more likely to die, new Johns Hopkins-led research suggests. The findings, published by BMJ, the British Medical Journal, raise concerns not only about the mist inhaler "” a device that delivers the soluble form of the medication tiotropium "” but also about the drug itself. The mist inhaler has not yet gained...

2009-04-07 09:23:48

New research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine evaluated the link between a common class of drugs used to prevent bone fractures in osteoporosis patients and the development of irregular heartbeat.The study's findings appear in the current issue of Drug Safety, a publication of the International Society of Pharmacovigilance covering the safe and proper use of medicines."Some trials show there could be a potential link between the use of bisphosphonates and the development of...


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