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October 22, 2013

Researchers have begun the first definitive, large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes and are at high risk for developing Type 2.

BETHESDA, Md. — Researchers have begun the first definitive, large-scale clinical trial to investigate if a vitamin D supplement helps prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes in adults who have prediabetes and are at high risk for developing Type 2. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study is taking place at about 20 study sites across the United States, the agency announced Monday.

October 14, 2013

All people living with diabetes should make nutrition therapy part of their treatment plans, the American Diabetes Association is recommending. But the group also is saying that no single eating pattern works best for everyone.

NEW YORK — All people living with diabetes should make nutrition therapy part of their treatment plans, the American Diabetes Association is recommending. But the group also is saying that no single eating pattern works best for everyone.

October 8, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for hot flashes and the prevention of osteoporosis, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new treatment for hot flashes and the prevention of osteoporosis, the agency said.

The FDA announced the approval of Duavee (conjugated estrogens; bazedoxifene), made by Pfizer. The drug is for women who suffer from moderate to severe hot flashes associated with menopause, and is also designed to prevent osteoporosis after menopause.

October 1, 2013

Generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched a version of a drug used to treat a parathyroid disorder related to kidney disease.

JERUSALEM — Generic drug maker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched a version of a drug used to treat a parathyroid disorder related to kidney disease.

Teva announced Tuesday the launch of paricalcitol, a generic version of AbbVie's Zemplar. As the first company to win Food and Drug Administration approval for the drug, Teva has 180 days in which to compete directly with the branded version.

August 21, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to an insulin pen made by Novo Nordisk for half-unit dosing, the drug maker said Wednesday.

PLAINSBORO, N.J. — The Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to an insulin pen made by Novo Nordisk for half-unit dosing, the drug maker said Wednesday.

July 30, 2013

Some patients with Type 2 diabetes taking drugs to lower blood sugar may experience a greater drop than is healthy for them even though their disease may not be under control, according to a new study.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Some patients with Type 2 diabetes taking drugs to lower blood sugar may experience a greater drop than is healthy for them even though their disease may not be under control, according to a new study.

July 25, 2013

Viviscal, a dietary hair growth supplement brand, has announced the debut of its first national direct response television spot.

CHICAGO — Viviscal, a dietary hair growth supplement brand, has announced the debut of its first national direct response television spot.

July 15, 2013

Self-reported medication adherence rates increased among Type 2 diabetes patients using a mobile app, the maker of the app said Monday.

HAIFA, Israel — Self-reported medication adherence rates increased among Type 2 diabetes patients using a mobile app, the maker of the app said Monday.

MediSafe Project said it reviewed adherence rates among Type 2 diabetic users of its app, finding compliance rates at least 26% higher than the generate rate for long-term diabetes therapies, which the World Health Organization reports as 50%. A January 2013 study of the app, which the company launched in November 2012, found similar rates.

July 2, 2013

i-Health unveiled its Estroven Weight Management, a supplement specifically formulated to address the physical changes of menopause plus deliver on a core benefit of helping peri/menopausal women manage their weight as they go through this stage of life.

CROMWELL, Conn. — i-Health on Monday unveiled its Estroven Weight Management, a supplement specifically formulated to address the physical changes of menopause plus deliver on a core benefit of helping peri/menopausal women manage their weight as they go through this stage of life.

June 21, 2013

Becton, Dickinson and Co. has launched a needle that it said would make insulin injections easier and faster for people with diabetes.

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. — Becton, Dickinson and Co. has launched a needle that it said would make insulin injections easier and faster for people with diabetes.

BD subsidiary BD Medical announced Friday the BD Ultra-Fine Nano 4-millimeter pen needle. The needle includes technology called EasyFlow, designed to aid faster and more comfortable injections, and product demonstrations will take place at the American Diabetes Association's 73rd annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago, lasting through next Tuesday.

June 18, 2013

Bayer HealthCare, makers of the Contour Next portfolio of blood-glucose meters, and dLife Healthcare Solutions, a diabetes behavior change solution, have created and are working together to offer Eat Well, Test Well, a six-week food and nutrition program for people with diabetes available at no charge.

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., and WESTPORT, Conn. — Bayer HealthCare, makers of the Contour Next portfolio of blood-glucose meters, and dLife Healthcare Solutions, a diabetes behavior change solution, have created and are working together to offer Eat Well, Test Well, a six-week food and nutrition program for people with diabetes. The Eat Well, Test Well program is available online at no charge and was developed to help educate and motivate people with diabetes to make healthier mealtime choices based on the results of blood-sugar testing as a guide.

May 20, 2013

CVS/pharmacy is reminding patients with diabetes that one of the most important ways they can manage their disease is to perform regular testing of their blood-sugar levels.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS/pharmacy is reminding patients with diabetes that one of the most important ways they can manage their disease is to perform regular testing of their blood-sugar levels.

While the number of providers that will accept Medicare coverage for diabetes testing supplies is expected to decline after July 1, 2013 because of Medicare changes, CVS/pharmacy is informing those treating diabetes it will continue to accept Medicare Part B coverage for test strips and other diabetes testing supplies.

May 3, 2013

Women who take low-dose oral contraceptives may be at increased risk of chronic pelvic-pain symptoms and pain during sexual climax, according to a new study.

SAN DIEGO — Women who take low-dose oral contraceptives may be at increased risk of chronic pelvic-pain symptoms and pain during sexual climax, according to a new study.

The study, scheduled for presentation to reporters at the American Urological Association's annual scientific meeting in San Diego on Tuesday, was conducted by researchers at New York University and the Waitemata District Health Board in Auckland, New Zealand, compared CPPS in young women who used oral contraceptives with the condition in those who didn't.

April 19, 2013

Abbott Diabetes Care last week initiated a voluntary recall of its FreeStyle lnsulinx Blood Glucose Meters in the United States.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Abbott Diabetes Care earlier this week initiated a voluntary recall of its FreeStyle lnsulinx Blood Glucose Meters in the United States.

"Our first priority is to safeguard the health and safety of patients," stated Heather Mason, SVP Diabetes Care, Abbott. "We are committed to ensuring that our customers are able to continue to test their blood glucose with confidence, and we initiated this voluntary recall to ensure our products continue to meet the highest standards of quality and safety."

April 10, 2013

Bartell Drugs will play a prominent role at a diabetes expo in Seattle this weekend, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

SEATTLE — Bartell Drugs will play a prominent role at a diabetes expo in Seattle this weekend, the retail pharmacy chain said Wednesday.

April 5, 2013

Novo Nordisk has launched a diabetes awareness sweepstakes in which the winners get a free trip to the 2013 IndyCar finale, the Danish drug maker said.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Novo Nordisk has launched a diabetes awareness sweepstakes in which the winners get a free trip to the 2013 IndyCar finale, the Danish drug maker said Friday.

The company announced that it had hired IZOD IndyCar Series Charlie Kimball as spokesman for its Race with Insulin contest. Kimball, the first licensed driver with diabetes to race at the highest level of the series, was diagnosed with the disease during a routine doctor visit in 2007 while racing in Europe and is a user of Novo Nordisk's NovoLog (insulin aspart [rDNA origin]).

April 1, 2013

Just a week after the Supreme Court heard the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit over its deal with AbbVie to sell a generic version of a testosterone-replacement therapy, Actavis is challenging the patent on another strength of the drug.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Just a week after the Supreme Court heard the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit over its deal with AbbVie to sell a generic version of a testosterone-replacement therapy, Actavis is challenging the patent on another strength of the drug.

Actavis said Monday that it had filed with the Food and Drug Administration for approval of testosterone gel in the 1.62% strength. The drug is a generic version of AbbVie's AndroGel 1.62%. The case that went before the Supreme Court on March 25 concerns the 1% strength of AndroGel.

April 1, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new contraceptive therapy made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Teva said Monday.

JERUSALEM — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new contraceptive therapy made by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Teva said Monday.

The drug maker announced the approval of Quartette (levonorgestrel, ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) tablets. Teva said the drug represented the "next generation" of extended-regimen oral contraceptives and was designed to minimize breakthrough bleeding between scheduled periods.

March 29, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating Type 2 diabetes, the agency said.

SILVER SPRING, Md. — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new drug made by Johnson & Johnson for treating Type 2 diabetes, the agency said.

The FDA announced the approval of J&J subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals' Invokana (canagliflozin) tablets, designed for use with diet and exercise to improve blood-sugar control in adults with the disease.

March 25, 2013

LifeScan initiated a voluntary recall and replacement for all of its OneTouch VerioIQ blood-glucose meters in the United States, effective immediately.

MILPITAS, Calif. — LifeScan on Monday initiated a voluntary recall and replacement for all of its OneTouch VerioIQ blood-glucose meters in the United States, effective immediately.

March 25, 2013

SanMedica International introduced its SeroVital-HGH, a new oral human-growth hormone booster formulated with women in mind, at the Academy of Women's Health's Annual Congress.

WASHINGTON —  SanMedica International on Friday introduced its SeroVital-HGH, a new oral human-growth hormone booster formulated with women in mind, at the Academy of Women's Health's Annual Congress here. 

March 15, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new pocket-sized packet option for a testosterone-replacement therapy made by AbbVie, the drug maker said Friday.

CHICAGO — The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new pocket-sized packet option for a testosterone-replacement therapy made by AbbVie, the drug maker said Friday.

AbbVie announced the approval of the new version of AndroGel (testosterone) 1.62%, available in a packet containing 40.5 mg of testosterone in 2.5 g of gel and a packet with 20.25 mg of testosterone in 1.25 g of gel. The drug is used to raise testosterone levels in men with low or no testosterone, known as hypogonadism, estimated to affect nearly 14 million men in the United States.

March 7, 2013

The cost of diabetes has increased by more than $70 billion over the past five years, according to new research from the American Diabetes Association.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The cost of diabetes has increased by more than $70 billion over the past five years, according to new research from the American Diabetes Association.

The ADA announced the release of a report estimating that the total costs of diagnosed diabetes had risen 41%, from 2007's $174 billion to $245 billion in 2012. The report, Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2012, was commissioned by the ADA and addresses increased financial burden, health resources used and lost productivity associated with the disease.

March 5, 2013

Drug maker Actavis is challenging the patent for a drug used to treat testosterone deficiency or absence in men, the company said.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Drug maker Actavis is challenging the patent for a drug used to treat testosterone deficiency or absence in men, the company said.

Actavis, formerly known as Watson Pharmaceuticals, said it had filed a regulatory approval application with the Food and Drug Administration for a generic version of Endo Pharmaceuticals' Fortesta (testosterone) gel in the 10 mg-per-0.5 g strength.

February 19, 2013

Mylan and Biocon have a deal to develop and sell generic insulin-analog products for diabetes, Mylan said.

PITTSBURGH — Mylan and Biocon have a deal to develop and sell generic insulin-analog products for diabetes, Mylan said.

Under the deal, Mylan will have the rights to develop and market Biocon's Glargine, Lispro and Aspart, respectively generic versions of Sanofi's Lantus, Eli Lilly's Humalog and Novo Nordisk's NovoLog.