As of this writing, three medications have been approved by the FDA for the treatment of fibromyalgia: Lyrica (pregabalin), Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Savella (milnacipran). Since all three are relatively new drugs, information on how well they work and their side effects is still being gathered. Because every patient's symptoms and body chemistry are different, it is often a matter of trial and error to find the best medication for a particular patient with a particular illness. However, a recent German study , which was the first to compare the pros and cons of the three drugs head-to-head, may help doctors choose which medication has the best chance of success for any given patient. Study Design The study authors searched MEDLINE, SCOPUS, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and sought unpublished data from the databases of FDA, US National Institutes for Health, and Industry through May 2009 for randomized controlled trials. They found 17...
Generic versions of the Migraine abortive medication Zomig (zolmitriptan) — the oral tablets and orally disintegrating tablets (Zomig-ZMT) — have been approved by the FDA and are now shipping to pharmacies.
Several manufacturers are now producing generic zolmitriptan:
Glenmark Generics is producing 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets and 2.5 and 5 orally disintegrating tablets.
Apotec, Inc. is producing 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets and 2.5 and 5 orally disintegrating tablets.
Mylan Generics is producing 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets.
Zydus Pharmaceuticals is producing 2.5 and 5mg orally disintegrating tablets.
Teva Pharmaceuticals has received tentative approval for the 2.5 and 5mg oral tablets, but is not producing or shipping yet. The patent on Zomig Nasal Spray, which was approved by the FDA later than the tablets, has not yet expired, so zolmitriptan nasal spray is not yet available.
Zomig / zolmitriptan is one of the triptan medications, a Migraine abortive medication...
If you live with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), there’s a good chance that your doctor has talked to you about Biologics. For many, this class of drugs have been a lifesaver, helping them to achieve remission or such low disease activity that they are able to live a largely normal life. Many others have not responded to the Biologics currently on the market or may not be able to afford the up to $30,000 a year cost of these drugs. This may soon change, as biosimilars begins to be approved for use.
What are biosimilars?
Most types of medications are available in two types: the brand name and the generic version. When a pharmaceutical company develops a drug, they have patent protection on it for a certain number of years. After that, other companies are allowed to develop a generic version. Generic medication is chemically identical to the brand name drug and is made in the same dosages, has the same safety, strength, method of administration, and use. Although identical to th...
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