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FDA approves Dr. Reddy’s generic Fosamax

BY Drew Buono

MUMBAI, India Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for a generic form of Merck’s osteoporosis drug Fosamax, according to Reuters.

Fosamax 70 mg had annual sales of approximately $1.7 billion in the U.S., based on IMS sales data for the 12 months that ended November 2007.

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Study suggests link between heart disease and cognitive problems

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study published July 23 in the European Heart Journal shows a relationship between heart disease and cognitive problems in middle-aged men and women.

The study examined 10,308 subjects aged 35 to 55 starting in the late 1980s. It recorded heart attacks and other heart problems up until 2004 and administered cognitive tests to 5,837 subjects.

The study found that subjects who developed heart disease scored lower on cognitive tests than those who did not. It could not determine, however, whether heart disease caused impairments or vice versa.

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Survey says: Americans in favor of e-prescribing, overhauling health care

BY Alaric DeArment

CHICAGO A survey released Thursday indicates that 82 percent of Americans think the health-care system in the United States needs to be either changed or overhauled, according to reports.

The Commonwealth Fund, which conducted the survey, looked at a random sampling of 1,004 American adults in May. Of the respondents, 32 percent said the system needed an overhaul, while 50 percent said it needed change.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents also reported that administrative hassles over insurance and bills as serious problems.

The survey also showed that 86 percent of respondents think doctors should transition to electronic health-care records, while 89 percent said doctors should be able to access test results electronically. Seventy-one percent support electronic prescriptions.

Thirty-two percent of respondents reported duplicative or unnecessary care.

Meanwhile, 44 percent expressed a desire to access their health records online, while 48 percent said they would communicate with their doctors by email and schedule appointments online.

About 47 million Americans lack health insurance. Electronic records are the norm in many countries, but have yet to catch on in the U.S.

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