pharmaceuticals

In late 2012, 60 people died in two cities in Pakistan after drinking cough syrup to get high. Syrups from two separate manufacturers were involved. It was found that both were using an active ingredient – dextromethorphan, a synthetic morphine-like compound – imported from the same manufacturer in India. Indian drug authorities put a halt… Read more

Researchers in Australia have conducted the first population-based study of its kind and found that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of acid suppressants that many people take for heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and peptic ulcers, are associated with iron deficiency. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which hydrochloric acid rising into the… Read more

A new study carried out by researchers from the University of Illinois and Columbia University investigates possible links between prescription drugs and depression. Researchers looked at prescriptions issued to 26,192 adults in the US between 2005 and 2014. They found that more than a third had used medicines with depression as a possible side effect… Read more

Use of anticholinergic drugs, is associated with increased risk of dementia, even when taken 20 years before diagnosis of cognitive impairment, a large study has found. Anticholinergics are a class of drugs commonly prescribed in the United States and United Kingdom as antidepressants and incontinence medications. An international research team from the US, UK and… Read more

Relief, in the form of a new drug, may be on the horizon for those who have tried in vain to prevent migraine with other treatments, a preliminary study suggests. Novartis has announced full results from the Phase IIIb LIBERTY trial of Aimovig (erenumab, AMG 334) in episodic migraine patients who had previously failed two… Read more