Clinical Trials for Pediatric Drugs Face Several Roadblocks 9
Situation Alters As Several Drugs Enter Clinical Studies 10
For specialty drugs covered under the pharmacy benefit, the trend is toward greater use of specialty pharmacies as they provide coordinated delivery of specialty drugs and management of multiple aspects of a patient's treatment.
This escalation is fueled by the increase in the number of people diagnosed with conditions that can be treated by specialty pharmacy therapeutic categories, advancements in biotechnology, the expansion of indications for current specialty drugs and the release of new products.
After alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and crack/cocaine, these drugs are the most commonly used and abused by adolescents (Monitoring the Future, 2005).
Excluding alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and cocaine, for which drugs is it most important to develop supplementary prevention materials for seventh and eighth graders?
5 million full-time employees, age 18 or older, reported using illicit drugs
in the past month.
In recent decades, however, the rates of primary rifampin resistance have increased (online Table), and primary resistance to multiple drugs
has increased to 2.
The reason these drugs
require a prescription is that they are powerful medications," says Wilson Compton, MD, director of the Division of Epidemiology, Services and Prevention Research, at the National Institute on Drug
The head of Smith, Kline & French wrote that "advertising would have the objective of driving patients to their doctors' office," while the head of Abbott Laboratories worried that advertising to consumers would lead them to pressure their doctors to prescribe drugs
"that may not be needed.
Lauren is one of an estimated 14 percent of high-school seniors who've used prescription drugs
for non-medicinal purposes.
In 1999, in response to these concerns, the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) began drafting guidance that outlined an environmental risk assessment procedure to accompany pharmaceutical companies' applications to market new drugs
Mevacor, made by Merck, is a statin--a class of drugs
so safe, with benefits so clear, that doctors joke about putting them in the water supply.
It has become an unfortunate reality for most of the drugs
that many "problems" are discovered only after it has been more extensively studied or been on the market for a few years.
She may develop resistance to anti-HIV drugs
that persists for months or years.