Medication Updates
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2014

Recall of Effexor issued by Manufacturer
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. recalled 68,000 bottles of venlafaxine (Effexor) this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
FDA approves Hysingla ER
This extended-release, single-entity hydrocodone product has abuse-deterrent properties
 
 
 
     
Sleep Drug Belsomra approved by FDA
Approved for use as needed to treat insomnia. Belsomra is the first orexin receptor antagonist to be approved.
FDA approves Targiniq ER
Targiniq ER is an extended-release pain reliever with abuse-deterrent properties - contains oxycodone and naloxone.
First-Generation vs Second-Generation Antipsychotics in Adults: Comparative Effectiveness
AHRQ clinician summary of systematic review examining their comparative effectiveness, benefits, and adverse effects.
     
Tramadol placed in Schedule IV of Controlled Substances Act
Schedule IV controlled substances regulatory requirements apply to tramadol as of 8/18/14.
FDA approves Farxiga to treat type 2 diabetes
Farxiga (dapaglifozin) tablets to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
FDA approves Tanzeum to treat type 2 diabetes
Tanzeum is a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist that helps normalize blood sugar levels.
     
Lunesta/Eszopiclone Containing Sleep Aids
FDA warns that Lunesta can cause next-day impairment. Recommended starting dose of1 mg at bedtime.
FDA approves hand-held auto-injector to reverse opioid overdose
Evzio delivers a single dose of naloxone via hand-held auto-injector
 
 

2013

   
Methylphenidate ADHD Medications: Risk of Priapism
FDA warns that methylphenidate products may in rare instances cause priapism.
Opioids Effective for Restless Legs Syndrome
Study found that prolonged-release opioid treatment relieved symptoms of severe restless legs syndrome.
National Drug Threat Assessment
DEA looks at challenges communities face related to drug abuse and trafficking.
     
Generic Versions of Cymbalta Approved
FDA approved first generic versions of Cymbalta (duloxetine delayed-release capsules), used to treat depression and other conditions.
Zyprexa Relprevv
FDA investigating 2 unexplained deaths in patients who received intramuscular injection of antipsychotic drug.
Federal Guidelines for Managing Occupational Exposures to HIV
PEP regimens in the guidelines encourage consistent use of a combination of 3 or more drugs that are better tolerated
     
Zolpidem
FDA approved label changes specifying new dosing recommendations.
Zolpidem
SAMHSA DAWN Report: Increase in Emergency Department visits for adverse reactions involving Zolpidem
OxyContin
FDA approves abuse-deterrent labeling for reformulated OxyContin.
     
Antipsychotics in Adults
Clinician summary on antipsychotics for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder