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COVID-19 Update: Tocilizumab (Actemra) FDA-Approved for Treatment of COVID-19 (online only)

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • January 9, 2023;  (Issue 1667)
The interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist tocilizumab (Actemra – Genentech) has been approved by the FDA for IV treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized adults who are receiving a systemic corticosteroid...
The interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist tocilizumab (Actemra – Genentech) has been approved by the FDA for IV treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized adults who are receiving a systemic corticosteroid and require supplemental oxygen, mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Tocilizumab was previously available for this indication under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA); it remains available under an EUA for treatment of children 2-17 years old who are hospitalized with COVID-19 and require oxygen support.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2023 Jan 9;65(1667):e9 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

An EUA for Anakinra (Kineret) for COVID-19 (online only)

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • December 12, 2022;  (Issue 1665)
The recombinant interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor antagonist anakinra (Kineret – Sobi) has been granted an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for treatment of hospitalized adults with confirmed COVID-19...
The recombinant interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor antagonist anakinra (Kineret – Sobi) has been granted an FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for treatment of hospitalized adults with confirmed COVID-19 pneumonia who require low- or high-flow supplemental oxygen, are at risk of progressing to severe respiratory failure, and are likely to have elevated plasma levels of soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR). Anakinra has been available in the US for years; it is FDA-approved for multiple indications, including rheumatoid arthritis. Assays for suPAR are not commercially available in the US.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2022 Dec 12;64(1665):e203-4 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

An EUA for Tocilizumab (Actemra) for COVID-19

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • July 26, 2021;  (Issue 1629)
The interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist tocilizumab (Actemra – Genentech) has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for IV treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients ≥2 years...
The interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist tocilizumab (Actemra – Genentech) has received an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA for IV treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients ≥2 years old who are receiving a systemic corticosteroid and require supplemental oxygen, mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Tocilizumab has been approved by the FDA for various indications, including rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2021 Jul 26;63(1629):113-4 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

IV Amisulpride (Barhemsys) for Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • December 28, 2020;  (Issue 1614)
The FDA has approved IV amisulpride (Barhemsys – Acacia), a selective dopamine-2 and -3 (D2/D3) receptor antagonist, for prevention and treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in adults. It...
The FDA has approved IV amisulpride (Barhemsys – Acacia), a selective dopamine-2 and -3 (D2/D3) receptor antagonist, for prevention and treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV) in adults. It is the first antiemetic to be approved for rescue treatment of PONV in patients who have symptoms despite receiving antiemetic prophylaxis. Oral formulations of amisulpride are available in Europe for treatment of schizophrenia and acute psychotic episodes.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2020 Dec 28;62(1614):205-8 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Expanded Table: Some Drugs for Altitude Illness, Jet Lag, and Motion Sickness (online only)

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • October 7, 2019;  (Issue 1582)
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IV Aprepitant (Cinvanti) for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (online only)

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • December 3, 2018;  (Issue 1561)
The FDA has approved Cinvanti (Heron), an IV emulsion formulation of the substance P/neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist aprepitant, for prevention of acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and...
The FDA has approved Cinvanti (Heron), an IV emulsion formulation of the substance P/neurokinin-1 (NK1) receptor antagonist aprepitant, for prevention of acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in adults. Aprepitant is also available in oral capsule and suspension formulations (Emend, and generics), and fosaprepitant, a prodrug of aprepitant, is available in an IV formulation (Emend for injection).
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2018 Dec 3;60(1561):e200-1 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Ciprofloxacin Otic Suspension (Otiprio) for Acute Otitis Externa

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • August 13, 2018;  (Issue 1553)
The FDA has approved a 6% otic suspension formulation of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic ciprofloxacin (Otiprio – Otonomy) for single-dose treatment of acute otitis externa (swimmer's ear) caused by...
The FDA has approved a 6% otic suspension formulation of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic ciprofloxacin (Otiprio – Otonomy) for single-dose treatment of acute otitis externa (swimmer's ear) caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa or Staphylococcus aureus in patients ≥6 months old. Otiprio was approved earlier for prophylaxis in children with bilateral otitis media with effusion who are undergoing tympanostomy tube placement.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2018 Aug 13;60(1553):135-6 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Ciprofloxacin (Otiprio) for Tympanostomy Tube Insertion

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 23, 2016;  (Issue 1495)
The FDA has approved ciprofloxacin 6% otic suspension (Otiprio – Otonomy) for single-dose prophylaxis in children with bilateral otitis media with effusion who are undergoing tympanostomy tube placement....
The FDA has approved ciprofloxacin 6% otic suspension (Otiprio – Otonomy) for single-dose prophylaxis in children with bilateral otitis media with effusion who are undergoing tympanostomy tube placement. It is the first drug to be approved for this indication in the US. Otic formulations of the fluoroquinolone antibiotics ofloxacin (Floxin Otic, and generics) and ciprofloxacin (plus dexamethasone; Ciprodex) have been available for years for treatment of acute otitis media in children with tympanostomy tubes; an otic suspension containing ciprofloxacin and fluocinolone acetonide (Otovel) has recently been approved for the same indication and will be reviewed in a future issue.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2016 May 23;58(1495):69-70 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Three New Drugs for Multiple Myeloma (online only)

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 23, 2016;  (Issue 1495)
The FDA recently approved ixazomib (Ninlaro – Takeda), daratumumab (Darzalex – Janssen Biotech), and elotuzumab (Empliciti – BMS) for treatment of relapsed and/or refractory multiple...
The FDA recently approved ixazomib (Ninlaro – Takeda), daratumumab (Darzalex – Janssen Biotech), and elotuzumab (Empliciti – BMS) for treatment of relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2016 May 23;58(1495):e70-1 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Rolapitant (Varubi) for Prevention of Delayed Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • February 1, 2016;  (Issue 1487)
The FDA has approved rolapitant (Varubi – Tesaro), an oral substance P/neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist, for use with other antiemetics to prevent delayed nausea and vomiting associated with...
The FDA has approved rolapitant (Varubi – Tesaro), an oral substance P/neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist, for use with other antiemetics to prevent delayed nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in adults. It is the third substance P/NK1 receptor antagonist to be approved in the US; aprepitant (Emend) and netupitant (only available in combination with the 5-HT3 receptor antagonist palonosetron as Akynzeo) were approved earlier for prevention of both acute and delayed chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2016 Feb 1;58(1487):17-8 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Panobinostat (Farydak) for Multiple Myeloma (online only)

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • August 17, 2015;  (Issue 1475)
The FDA has approved panobinostat (Farydak – Novartis), an oral histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, for use in combination with bortezomib (Velcade) and dexamethasone for treatment of patients with...
The FDA has approved panobinostat (Farydak – Novartis), an oral histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, for use in combination with bortezomib (Velcade) and dexamethasone for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least 2 prior therapies including bortezomib and an immunomodulatory drug. It is the first HDAC inhibitor to be approved for this indication.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2015 Aug 17;57(1475):e118-9 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Netupitant/Palonosetron (Akynzeo) for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • April 27, 2015;  (Issue 1467)
The FDA has approved Akynzeo (Helsinn/Eisai), an oral fixed-dose combination of the substance P/neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist netupitant and the serotonin-3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonist...
The FDA has approved Akynzeo (Helsinn/Eisai), an oral fixed-dose combination of the substance P/neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist netupitant and the serotonin-3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonist palonosetron, for prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in adults. Akynzeo is the first product to combine drugs from these two classes. Palonosetron (Aloxi) is also available as a single agent for prevention of chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting. Netupitant is the second substance P/NK1 receptor antagonist to be approved in the US; aprepitant (Emend) was the first.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2015 Apr 27;57(1467):61-3 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Advice for Travelers

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • April 13, 2015;  (Issue 1466)
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask for information about prevention of diarrhea, malaria, and other travel-related conditions. Vaccines recommended for travelers based on their...
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask for information about prevention of diarrhea, malaria, and other travel-related conditions. Vaccines recommended for travelers based on their destination, length of stay, and planned activities were reviewed in a previous issue.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2015 Apr 13;57(1466):52-8 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Advice for Travelers

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • June 1, 2012;  (Issue 118)
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask for information about appropriate vaccines and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the Centers...
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask for information about appropriate vaccines and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at www.cdc.gov/travel. Guidelines are also available from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2012 Jun;10(118):45-56 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Drugs for Bacterial Infections

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • June 1, 2010;  (Issue 94)
The text below reviews some common bacterial infections and their treatment. The recommendations made here are based on the results of susceptibility studies, clinical trials and the opinions of Medical Letter...
The text below reviews some common bacterial infections and their treatment. The recommendations made here are based on the results of susceptibility studies, clinical trials and the opinions of Medical Letter consultants.
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2010 Jun;8(94):43-52 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Antifungal Drugs

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • December 1, 2009;  (Issue 88)
The drugs of choice for treatment of some fungal infections are listed. Some of the indications and dosages recommended here have not been approved by the FDA. More detailed guidelines are available online from...
The drugs of choice for treatment of some fungal infections are listed. Some of the indications and dosages recommended here have not been approved by the FDA. More detailed guidelines are available online from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (www.idsociety.org).
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2009 Dec;7(88):95-102 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Advice for Travelers

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • November 1, 2009;  (Issue 87)
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for information about appropriate vaccines and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. Guidelines are also available from the Infectious Diseases...
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for information about appropriate vaccines and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. Guidelines are also available from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2009 Nov;7(87):83-94 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Drugs for Thyroid Disorders

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • August 1, 2009;  (Issue 84)
Primary hypothyroidism is usually the result of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, thyroidectomy for hyperthyroidism, goiter or cancer, or radioactive iodine therapy for...
Primary hypothyroidism is usually the result of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, thyroidectomy for hyperthyroidism, goiter or cancer, or radioactive iodine therapy for hyperthyroidism.
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2009 Aug;7(84):57-64 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

A Granisetron Patch (Sancuso)

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • December 15, 2008;  (Issue 1301)
The treatment of choice to prevent emesis due to highand moderate-risk emetogenic drugs used in cancer chemotherapy is aprepitant plus a serotonin receptor antagonist plus dexamethasone. Four serotonin receptor...
The treatment of choice to prevent emesis due to highand moderate-risk emetogenic drugs used in cancer chemotherapy is aprepitant plus a serotonin receptor antagonist plus dexamethasone. Four serotonin receptor antagonists are available in the US in intravenous (IV) formulations for prevention of nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy, and 3 of these are also available for oral use. Now the FDA has approved one of these, granisetron, in a transdermal formulation (Sancuso - ProStrakan).
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2008 Dec 15;50(1301):103-0 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Antifungal Drugs

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • January 1, 2008;  (Issue 65)
The drugs of choice for treatment of some fungal infections are listed in the tables. Some of the indications and dosages recommended here have not been approved by the FDA. Other guidelines are available from...
The drugs of choice for treatment of some fungal infections are listed in the tables. Some of the indications and dosages recommended here have not been approved by the FDA. Other guidelines are available from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (www.idsociety.org).
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2008 Jan;6(65):1-8 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Choice of Antibacterial Drugs

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 1, 2007;  (Issue 57)
Information about empirical treatment of bacterial infections, emerging trends in antimicrobial resistance, new drugs and new data about older drugs continue to become available. Usual pathogens and empiric...
Information about empirical treatment of bacterial infections, emerging trends in antimicrobial resistance, new drugs and new data about older drugs continue to become available. Usual pathogens and empiric treatment for some common types of infections are summarized in the text and a table listing the drugs of choice and alternatives for each pathogen begins on page 40. The recommendations made here are based on the results of susceptibility studies, clinical trials and the opinions of Medical Letter consultants.
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2007 May;5(57):33-50 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Advice for Travelers

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 1, 2006;  (Issue 45)
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for information about immunizations and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the Centers...
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for information about immunizations and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at 877-FYI-TRIP (877-394-8747) or www.cdc.gov/travel.
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2006 May;4(45):25-34 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Advice for Travelers

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 1, 2004;  (Issue 21)
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for advice about immunizations and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the Centers for...
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for advice about immunizations and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at 877-FYI-TRIP (877-394-8747) or www.cdc.gov/travel. Recommendations for the treatment of parasitic diseases are available in the public reading room of The Medical Letter's web site.
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2004 May;2(21):33-40 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Pemetrexed (Alimta) for Mesothelioma

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • April 12, 2004;  (Issue 1180)
The combination of pemetrexed (Alimta - Lilly) and cisplatin is the first chemotherapy regimen approved by the FDA for treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. This uncommon malignancy, which has been...
The combination of pemetrexed (Alimta - Lilly) and cisplatin is the first chemotherapy regimen approved by the FDA for treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma. This uncommon malignancy, which has been linked to asbestos exposure, was previously considered unresponsive to chemotherapy, with a median survival of 6-8 months from diagnosis (VW Rusch, J Clin Oncol 2003; 21:2629).
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2004 Apr 12;46(1180):31-2 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Choice of Antibacterial Drugs

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • March 1, 2004;  (Issue 19)
New drugs for bacterial infections and new information about older drugs continue to become available. Empirical treatment of some common bacterial infections is discussed in this article. A table listing the...
New drugs for bacterial infections and new information about older drugs continue to become available. Empirical treatment of some common bacterial infections is discussed in this article. A table listing the drugs of choice and alternatives for each pathogen begins on page 18. These recommendations are based on results of susceptibility studies, clinical trials and the opinions of Medical Letter consultants. Local resistance patterns should be taken into account. Trade names are listed on page 24.
Treat Guidel Med Lett. 2004 Mar;2(19):13-22 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Aprepitant (Emend) for Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting Due to Cancer Chemotherapy

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • August 4, 2003;  (Issue 1162)
Aprepitant (Emend - Merck), the first substance P/neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist to be approved by the FDA, is now available for oral use with corticosteroids and selective serotonin (5-HT3) receptor...
Aprepitant (Emend - Merck), the first substance P/neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonist to be approved by the FDA, is now available for oral use with corticosteroids and selective serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonists to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by highly emetogenic anticancer drugs such as cisplatin.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2003 Aug 4;45(1162):62-3 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Drug Interactions

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • June 8, 2003;  (Issue 1158)
Changes caused by one drug in the absorption, distribution, metabolism or excretion of another may lead to a pharmacokinetic adverse drug interaction (DN Juurlink et al, JAMA 2003; 289:1652). Additive drug...
Changes caused by one drug in the absorption, distribution, metabolism or excretion of another may lead to a pharmacokinetic adverse drug interaction (DN Juurlink et al, JAMA 2003; 289:1652). Additive drug interactions, such as vasodilation caused by both sildenafil (Viagra) and nitrates, can also have adverse effects.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2003 Jun 8;45(1158):46-8 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Generic drugs

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • October 14, 2002;  (Issue 1141)
When patents expire on brand-name drugs and generic formulations become available, patients and managed care organizations may express a preference for the lower-cost generics. Are they equivalent to the...
When patents expire on brand-name drugs and generic formulations become available, patients and managed care organizations may express a preference for the lower-cost generics. Are they equivalent to the brand-name product?
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2002 Oct 14;44(1141):89-90 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Advice for Travelers

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • April 15, 2002;  (Issue 1128)
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for advice about immunizations and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the CDC at...
Patients planning to travel to other countries often ask physicians for advice about immunizations and prevention of diarrhea and malaria. More detailed advice for travelers is available from the CDC at 877-FYI-TRIP (877-394-8747) or www.cdc.gov/travel.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 2002 Apr 15;44(1128):33-8 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Dolasetron for Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting Due to Cancer Chemotherapy

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 8, 1998;  (Issue 1026)
Dolasetron (Anzemet - Hoechst Marion Roussel), a selective serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonist similar to ondansetron (Zofran) and granisetron (Kytril - Medical Letter, 36:61, 1994) is now available for both...
Dolasetron (Anzemet - Hoechst Marion Roussel), a selective serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonist similar to ondansetron (Zofran) and granisetron (Kytril - Medical Letter, 36:61, 1994) is now available for both oral and intravenous use in prevention of nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy. A 5-HT3 antagonist plus dexamethasone (Decadron, and others) is the most effective regimen for prevention of acute vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. Dolasetron has also been approved by the FDA for prevention and treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1998 May 8;40(1026):53-4 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Granisetron to Prevent Vomiting After Cancer Chemotherapy

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • July 8, 1994;  (Issue 926)
Granisetron, a serotonin (5-HT) antagonist similar to ondansetron, was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for prevention of nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy. Although...
Granisetron, a serotonin (5-HT) antagonist similar to ondansetron, was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for prevention of nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy. Although available in an oral formulation in other countries, granisetron is available here only for intravenous (IV) use.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1994 Jul 8;36(926):61-2 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Drugs for Vomiting Caused by Cancer Chemotherapy

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • December 24, 1993;  (Issue 912)
Several currently available antiemetic drugs can prevent vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. Anticancer drugs that cause vomiting are listed in the table...
Several currently available antiemetic drugs can prevent vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy. Anticancer drugs that cause vomiting are listed in the table below.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1993 Dec 24;35(912):124-6 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Paclitaxel (Taxol) for Ovarian Cancer

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • May 14, 1993;  (Issue 896)
Paclitaxel (Taxol - Bristol-Myers Squibb) is now available in the USA for treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer refractory to other drugs. The new drug is a natural product extracted in small amounts from...
Paclitaxel (Taxol - Bristol-Myers Squibb) is now available in the USA for treatment of metastatic ovarian cancer refractory to other drugs. The new drug is a natural product extracted in small amounts from the inner bark of the Western yew tree found mainly in the Pacific northwest (Taxus brevifolia). Efforts to synthesize the drug have been unsuccessful to date, but a semi-synthetic product (taxotere) prepared from the needles of European yews has shown some promise (R Pazdur et al, J Natl Cancer Inst, 89:1781, 1992), and a fungus (Taxomyces andreanae) growing on the Pacific yew was recently found to produce paclitaxel even after removal from the tree (A Stierle et al, Science, 260:214, April 9, 1993). In any case, supply of the drug is currently keeping up with demand.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1993 May 14;35(896):39-40 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

High Altitude Sickness

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • September 4, 1992;  (Issue 878)
Rapid exposure to altitudes more than 8,000 feet above sea level can cause serious medical problems. Since the last Medical Letter article on this subject (Vol. 30, page 89, 1988), some new information on...
Rapid exposure to altitudes more than 8,000 feet above sea level can cause serious medical problems. Since the last Medical Letter article on this subject (Vol. 30, page 89, 1988), some new information on prevention and treatment of these disorders has been reported.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1992 Sep 4;34(878):84-6 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Intranasal Triamcinolone For Allergic Rhinitis

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • December 13, 1991;  (Issue 859)
An intranasal formulation of the corticosteroid triamcinolone (Nasacort - Rh ne- Poulenc Rorer) was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for once-daily treatment of seasonal and perennial...
An intranasal formulation of the corticosteroid triamcinolone (Nasacort - Rh ne- Poulenc Rorer) was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for once-daily treatment of seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1991 Dec 13;33(859):116-7 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Topical Corticosteroids

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • November 15, 1991;  (Issue 857)
Two new topical corticosteroids - fluticasone (Cutivate - Glaxo), a mediumpotency product, and halobetasol propionate (Ultravate - Westwood-Squibb), a superhigh- potency drug- were recently approved for...
Two new topical corticosteroids - fluticasone (Cutivate - Glaxo), a mediumpotency product, and halobetasol propionate (Ultravate - Westwood-Squibb), a superhigh- potency drug- were recently approved for marketing by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1991 Nov 15;33(857):108-10 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Ondansentron To Prevent Vomiting After Cancer Chemotherapy

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • June 28, 1991;  (Issue 847)
Ondansetron (on dan' se tron; Zofran - Glaxo), a serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) antagonist, was recently marketed in the USA for intravenous use to prevent nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy. An...
Ondansetron (on dan' se tron; Zofran - Glaxo), a serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) antagonist, was recently marketed in the USA for intravenous use to prevent nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy. An oral formulation is available in many other countries.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1991 Jun 28;33(847):63-4 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

High Altitude Sickness

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • September 23, 1988;  (Issue 775)
Rapid exposure to altitudes more than 8,000 feet above sea level can cause serious medical problems. Some new approaches to prevention and treatment of these disorders have recently been...
Rapid exposure to altitudes more than 8,000 feet above sea level can cause serious medical problems. Some new approaches to prevention and treatment of these disorders have recently been reported.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1988 Sep 23;30(775):89-91 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction

Nabilone And Other Antiemetic For Cancer Patients

   
The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics • January 1, 1988;  (Issue 756)
Nabilone (Cesamet - Lilly), a synthetic cannabinoid chemically related to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana, was recently marketed in the USA for oral treatment of nausea and...
Nabilone (Cesamet - Lilly), a synthetic cannabinoid chemically related to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main active ingredient in marijuana, was recently marketed in the USA for oral treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy. Oral THC itself, known generically as dronabinol (Marinol), is also commercially available as an antiemetic for cancer patients (Medical Letter, 27:97, 1985). Other drugs used for this purpose include metoclopramide (Reglan - Medical Letter, 24:67, 1982), prochlorperazine (Compazine; and others), haloperidol (Haldol; and others), and corticosteroids. Benzodiazepines, such as lorazepam (Ativan; and others), are used to treat anticipatory nausea and vomiting that occurs before chemotherapy begins.
Med Lett Drugs Ther. 1988 Jan 1;30(756):2-4 | Show Full IntroductionHide Full Introduction