Greenstone introduces nadolol tabs
PEAPACK, N.J. — Greenstone on Tuesday announced the introduction of nadolol tablets to its generic pharmaceutical product line. The drug is available in dosage strengths of 20-mg x 100, 40-mg x 100 and 80-mg x 100.
Greenstone’s nadolol is the authorized generic equivalent to Corgard. It’s used for the long-term management of patients with angina pectoris and for the treatment of hypertension to lower blood pressure, according to the company.
Combining asthma meds effective at reducing attacks
NEW YORK — Data from more than 60 asthma drug trials revealed that patients will likely benefit from combining medications, according to a report from Reuters.
“There were some things we expected beforehand, like that oral therapies would be inferior to inhaled steroids, but asthma is a very individual disease and some patients will not experience any symptoms, and other patients will suffer a lot from the symptoms,” lead author Dr. Rik Loijmans, from the Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam, was quoted as saying.
Successfully treating asthma means taking medications that works fast as well as one that curbs swelling, Dr. Loijmans told Reuters. The researchers compared 15 different drug combinations to one another and to a treatment plan using just a low dose of anti-inflammatory corticosteroids.
The combination of "inhaled corticosteroids with LABAs — either as two separate drugs, or in a fixed dose delivered together," proved to be the most effective at reducing the number of asthma attacks that patients experienced, according to the results that were published in British medical journal, BMJ.
National Soda Summit to focus on obesity, diabetes
WASHINGTON — Public health officials from Boston, California, New York City and other jurisdictions across the nation will head to Washington for the second National Soda Summit, which begins on Wednesday.
The summit is especially timely, as the California state senate recently passed legislation to place warning labels on soda and other sugary beverages and as lawyers in New York City seek to appeal a lower court’s injunction against the city’s cap on soda serving sizes.
The summit will focus on reducing obesity, diabetes and other diseases. Researchers, physicians, nutritionists, foundation executives and health groups also will share information and strategies on how to effect policy change at the local, state and national levels.
For an agenda and a list of speakers, click here.