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Condoms: Barriers to Bad News

What do condoms have in common with toothpaste and toilet paper?

Not enough, according to Adam Glickman, owner of the Condomania stores in New York and Los Angeles. Glickman, who has sold condoms by the millions to individuals and organizations such...

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News

A Response to the Current Difficulty in Obtaining Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human) (IGIV)

Dear Doctor:

In recent weeks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has received numerous calls from physicians, pharmacists, and pharmaceutical distributors about difficulties in obtaining sufficient amounts of Immune Globulin Intravenous (human) ...

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Drugs That May Interact With Protease Inhibitors via CYP3A4 Metabolism

The following is a list of medications that may potentially interact with ritonavir therapy via cytochrome P450, specifically CYP3A4 isoenzyme metabolism. Clinical trials measuring the magnitude of these potential interactions have not been conducted...

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Nutrition

Rallying the Troops to Fight Food-Borne Illness

Nancy Donley remembers sitting helplessly beside the hospital bed of her 6-year-old son Alex as he fought for his life after eating hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

"He endured explosive bouts of vomiting. His screams were followed by si...

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Nutrition

Focus on Food Safety -- Initiative Calls on Government, Industry, Consumers to Stop Food-Related Illness

Most people don't give much thought to food safety until a food-related illness prompts concern. But the threats are real, numerous and varied, as headlines in recent years have documented: E. coli O157:H7 in meat and apple juice, Salmonella in eggs ...

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FDA Approves First Combination Drug for AIDS

On Friday, Sept. 26, FDA approved a combination of AZT (zidovudine) and 3TC (lamivudine) for treating AIDS and HIV infection. Combining these two drugs, which are commonly prescribed with one another, into one tablet could decrease the number of pill...

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Thalidomide: Important Patient Information

Do not take this drug if there is any possibility that you are, or may become, pregnant. Just one dose can cause severe birth defects.

Thalidomide (tha-lid-o-mide) was first marketed in Europe in the late 1950's. It was used as a sleeping pill and t...

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Equality in Clinical Trials: Drugs and Gender

Women woke up almost twice as fast from anesthesia as men in a study reported at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, in October 1996. In another recent study, the class of painkillers called kappa opoioids seemed to work ...

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Giving Thalidomide a Second Chance

In the early 1960s the very mention of the word "thalidomide" was enough to conjure up the vision of a parent's worst nightmare: the birth of a deformed child. During that period, approximately 8,000 babies were born in Europe with severe defects aft...

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New Ways to Prevent and Treat AIDS

Preventing and treating AIDS is one of the Food and Drug Administration's top priorities. A new class of drugs, a home blood test collection kit, an oral diagnostic test, an HIV antigen test, an HIV-1 antigen test for blood supply, and an HIV viral l...