Iowa program redistributes unused meds to uninsured
NEW YORK A year-old program in Iowa redistributes unused drugs from nursing homes to uninsured patients to treat high blood pressure, depression and other conditions.
Nursing homes donate drugs from residents who have changed prescriptions or died to the Iowa Prescription Drug Corp. After examination by pharmacists to ensure safety, the drugs are repackaged and sent to free clinics.
The program only uses drugs that have not been given to the nursing home residents for whom they were prescribed. It does not accept unused drugs from people’s medicine cabinets or drugs that carry the risk of addiction.
Takeda could see Alogliptin approval in near future
OSAKA, Japan Japanese pharmaceutical manufacturer Takeda’s new diabetes drug could get approval soon, according to Bloomberg.
According to the financial news agency, reports by analysts showed that the drug, alogliptin, had promise after the American Diabetes Association released parts of nine studies of the medication that were submitted for marketing approval in the U.S. in January, last week. They show the drug lowered blood sugar levels as much as Merck’s Januvia without serious side effects.
Alogliptin, also known as SYR-322, will compete with Merck’s Januvia and Novartis’ Galvus, which is also up for approval at the Food and Drug Administration. All three drugs are in a new class of diabetes treatments known as DPP4 inhibitors that signal the pancreas to produce more insulin and the liver to make less glucose, or blood sugar.
Assuming approval by the Food and Drug Administration, Alogliptin will succeed Actos, which generates about 29 percent of Takeda’s current revenue. Actos will lose patient approval in 2011.
Accutane ingredient linked to increased risk of depression
NEW YORK A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry has shown a link between use of the acne drug isotretinoin and increased risks of depression.
The drug was shown to more than double the risk of depression in a study of more than 30,000 people in Quebec who had received at least one prescription for it between 1984 and 2003.
Roche Pharmaceuticals’ drug Accutane has isotretinoin as its main active ingredient. The FDA originally granted approval to the drug in 1982.