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IDF celebrates World Diabetes Day

BY Michael Johnsen

BRUSSELS, Belgium The International Diabetes Federation on Thursday launched its World Diabetes Day campaign under the slogan “Understand diabetes and take control.”

“Many people fail to acknowledge the serious threat that diabetes poses to individuals, families and communities,” stated Phil Riley, IDF’s World Diabetes Day campaign manager. “The World Diabetes Day campaign calls on everyone to understand diabetes and take control.”

As part of the campaign, IDF is asking diabetes stakeholders to call on United Nations Member States to follow through on UN Resolution 61/225 on the development of national policies for the prevention, treatment and care of diabetes in line with the sustainable development of a country’s respective healthcare system.

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SDI: Rx antivirals drop close to 60%

BY Michael Johnsen

PLYMOIUTH MEETING, Pa. SDI’s Vector One: National shows that for the week ended May 8, the number of new antiviral prescriptions dispensed at retail pharmacies was 118,578 — a 59% drop compared with approximately 277,000 new prescriptions the week before.

Tamiflu accounted for 90% of the market’s new prescriptions last week, SDI stated Tuesday

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PAD patients that use aspirin reduce risk of stroke, study finds

BY Michael Johnsen

CHICAGO In patients with peripheral artery disease, a blocked leg blood vessel, prophylactic use of aspirin either alone or in conjunction with dipyridamole did not reduce incidence of heart disease, but did reduce the risk of a nonfatal stroke, research published May 13 in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found.

The finding comes from a meta-analysis of studies around aspirin use with PAD.

Overall, studies found a 12% reduction in all cardiovascular events among patients receiving aspirin therapy, compared with those who were not. And while that reduction was considered statistically insignificant, the incidence of nonfatal stroke was 34% lower in the aspirin-taking group.

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