UK Drugs Watchdog Chief Attacks Drug Firm on Prices

Incentive schemes linking drug industry executives' pay to their firms' share price and profits help drive up the price of new drugs, the head of Britain's health cost-effectiveness watchdog was quoted as saying.

Three-Tiered Approach Optimizes Rhinoplasty Results Among African Americans

African American patients report a high degree of satisfaction with three-tiered open structure rhinoplasty, which includes dorsal augmentation, tip refinement, and alar base narrowing, while maintaining ethnic characteristics, according to an article in the July/August issue of the Archives of Facial and Plastic Surgery.

Why Should I Report an Adverse Drug Event?

When I was in charge of the postmarketing drug safety program at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the early 1980s, 1 particular drug report became etched in my memory.

First Heart Transplants in Children Following Donor Cardiac Death

US doctors have reported the first experiences of heart transplant in three infants after cardiocirculatory death, rather than brain death, in the donors [1]. Lead author Dr Mark M Boucek (Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Hollywood, FL) told heartwire this was, to his knowledge, the first published account of heart transplant in children after donor cardiac […]

Head Covering May Increase SIDS Risk

Babies who die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are often found with their heads covered by bedding, and now new research suggests that this covering usually precedes death and may, in fact, be causally related.

UK Agency Urges Doctors to Cut Antibiotics

British doctors should slash the number of times they prescribe antibiotics for respiratory tract infections because the drugs rarely help, the country's drug cost watchdog said on Wednesday.

FDA Approvals: KINRIX and Metvixia

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a combination vaccine that offers protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio in a single shot; and the use of methyl aminolevulinate 16.8% cream with a narrow-band, red-light device equipped with light-emitting diodes for the treatment of actinic keratoses.