Posts Tagged 'gastrointestinal'

Physicians question whether blood pressure drugs over-prescribed

A story in The Oregonian deals with the controversial question of whether people with borderline high blood pressure are taking medicine unnecessarily.

The issue is getting a good deal of discussion in the medical community following a recent column in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, in which a British doctor called for raising the blood pressure levels at which medication is prescribed.

Among the doctor’s concerns is that prescribing medication too readily ...

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Study says yoga may lower blood pressure

A study suggests that the practice of yoga may help control high blood pressure, according to a story in U.S. News and World Report.

Although the study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship between yoga and lower blood pressure, the story quotes a cardiologist as saying that the findings suggest “yoga would be a useful adjunct in the lowering of blood pressure in certain populations.”

That could be valuable for patients at risk, ...

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Company pleads guilty to drug safety violations

Ranbaxy, a subsidiary of Japanese pharmaceutical company Daiichi Sankyo, has pleaded guilty to drug safety violations. According to a story in the New York Times, the company will pay $500 million in fines over allegations that it sold subpar drugs.

Company officials also allegedly made false statements to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration about manufacturing practices at two factories in India.

Daiichi Sankyo has faced other allegations recently concerning its medications.

Two clinical ...

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Benicar maker dealing with challenges

The Wall Street Journal reports that Daiichi Sankyo Co., Japan’s third-largest pharmaceutical manufacturer, is hoping sales of new drugs will help the company offset lost revenue from patent expirations.

Although Daiichi Sankyo returned to profit in the fiscal fourth quarter and posted a six-fold jump in annual net profit, the story says, those gains were mainly due to the absence of a $3.9 billion one-time loss from settlement costs between its Indian ...

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FDA official wants stronger warnings for blood pressure drugs

A senior regulator at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is trying to get the agency to issue stronger warnings about the class of blood pressure medications that includes Benicar, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The article says a 2010 study published in Lancet Oncology found that people taking angiotensin receptor blockers, or ARBs, had an 11 percent greater risk of new cancer overall and a 25 percent greater risk ...

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Beetroot juice may lower blood pressure

A report in the Daily Mail says a U.K. study found that drinking beetroot juice every day may help lower blood pressure.

Researchers at The Barts and The London Medical School found that a surprisingly small amount, about one cup daily, may cut readings by about 7 percent.

The story notes that an estimated 16 million people in the U.K. have high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, ...

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