Updates from FDA
Stinging and biting insects seem to be everywhere during the summer months, and usually cause only a local reaction. But for patients who are sensitive to compounds in the insect’s saliva or venom, bites and stings can cause reactions ranging from swelling to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
Weight loss is big business with multiple supplements on the market advertising promising results. Glucomannan is one weight loss supplement gaining popularity in patients seeking to reduce cravings and control appetite as a way to lose weight. What’s behind the hype?
FDA announced several required updates to opioid prescribing information in April 2023. The changes apply to both immediate release (IR) and extended release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid pain medications.
According to a randomized clinical trial published April 2023 in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery, self-fitted OTC hearing aids demonstrated similar clinical outcomes to audiologist-fitted hearing aids using best practices in patients with mild-to-moderate hearing loss within a 6-week period.
Clarissa Chan, PharmD
While COVID-19 continues to evolve, recommendations for vaccinating against it are changing as well.
Olivia C. Welter, PharmD
A tube of nonprescription antibiotic ointment or bottle of antiseptic is a staple in most medicine cabinets, and for good reason. These products can prevent infection of small cuts, scrapes, or other skin injuries that don’t require medical intervention.
Piperine, a major component of black pepper (Piper nigrum), is responsible for black pepper’s distinct flavor, is what makes you sneeze, and gives black pepper its reputation for having antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties.
In May of 2023, FDA approved Brixadi (Braeburn Inc.), a new dosage form of the partial opioid agonist buprenorphine.
Lauren Howell, PharmD