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2011-11-04 10:27:09

The poor safety profile of the smoking-cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) makes it unsuitable for first-line use, according to a study published in the Nov. 2 edition of the journal PLoS One, an online publication of the Public Library of Science. Varenicline, which already carries a "black box warning" from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), showed a substantially increased risk of reported depression or suicidal behavior compared to other smoking-cessation treatments,...

Stop-Smoking Drug Increases Risk Of Depression Or Suicide
2011-11-03 12:19:22

According to a new study, the smoking-cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) carries too many risks and should be a last-resort option for trying to quit the habit. Researchers said that varenicline showed a substantially increased risk of reported depression or suicidal behavior compared to other smoking-cessation treatments. The team said varenicline was eight times more likely to result in reported case of suicidal behavior or depression than other stop-smoking-aids. "Our study...

Chantix Users At No Additional Psychiatric Risk: Studies
2011-10-25 04:38:08

Smokers who take the anti-smoking drug Chantix are not at higher risk of being hospitalized for psychiatric events such as depression, compared with smokers who use nicotine patches, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Monday. The agency based its findings on a review of two recent studies that compared Pfizer´s Chantix to standard nicotine replacement therapy such as the Nicoderm nicotine patch from GlaxoSmithKline. Previous reports had linked Pfizer's non-nicotine...

FDA Reconsidering Weight-Loss Drug
2011-09-22 13:06:25

   The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told Orexigen Therapeutics on Tuesday that it will reconsider the company's weight-loss drug Contrave. The FDA informed the company it would reconsider it for approval if a clinical trial removes any concern about risks to the heart. The company said the FDA's requirements are "reasonable and feasible" and it plans to go ahead with the trial. Contrave is a combination of bupropion and naltrexone and causes a person's appetite to...

2011-08-04 13:47:40

Newly synthesized polymer, fitted with molecular pincers of carefully tailored structure, effectively captures nicotine molecules and its analogues. The polymer can be used for fabrication of sensitive and selective chemical sensors to determine nicotine in solutions, and in the near future also in gases. Moreover, the polymer is suitable for slow, controlled release of nicotine, e.g., for therapeutic purposes. The collaboration of researchers of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the...

2011-07-21 08:43:00

ALLEGAN, Mich., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Perrigo Company (Nasdaq: PRGO;TASE) today announced that it has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market over-the-counter coated nicotine polacrilex gum USP, 2 mg and 4 mg cinnamon flavor. The product will be marketed under store brand labels and is comparable to GlaxoSmithKline's Nicorette® Cinnamon Surge(TM) coated gum, which is a stop smoking aid. "This approval of coated cinnamon...

2011-07-05 07:01:14

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Smoking cigarettes is a dangerous habit that many are struggling to break, but for the smokers who choose to use one of the most popular smoking cessation drugs on the market, new warnings about the risk of serious cardiovascular events are on their way. A new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that the use of varenicline "“ marketed by Pfizer under the brand name Chantix "“ is associated with a 72 percent increased risk of...

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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...

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2011-06-30 14:15:16

According to a new study, people trying to quit smoking are twice as likely to succeed if they get mobile phone text messages that encourage them to quit. British doctors recruited 5,800 smokers and randomly assigned them either to a group that received special text messages or to a control group. The first group received five messages per day for the first five weeks and then three per week for the next six months. The messages gave advice for keeping weight off while quitting and...

2011-06-24 14:40:00

- Initiative Will Save Lives and Health Care Costs WASHINGTON, June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO) The Obama Administration today took critical steps to help smokers quit by announcing expanded Medicaid coverage of tobacco cessation services, including comprehensive cessation coverage for pregnant women and funding for telephone...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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