Posts for: August, 2014
According to a new analysis from Pembroke Consulting, the price of half of all generic drugs sold through retailers increased over the past year. In a few cases, the price of a generic increased considerably, for example by 17,000% for the tetracycline antibiotic and the captopril blood pressure pill. Adam Fein of Pembroke Consulting says that this industry-wide phenomenon can be attributed to a number of factors, but he cites shortages as the primary driving force. Shortages may occur for a number of reasons including: stricter FDA regulations, manufacture exit from a market, and manufacturing glitches. However, that’s not to say that the price of all generic drugs increased. In fact, the analysis also found that half of all generic drugs declined in price.
A recent study published in the journal PLOS Medicinesuggests that placing hand-sanitizers in schools does not reduce absences due to illness. The researchers looked at 2,443 students aged 5-11 in 68 schools in New Zealand. All of the students received a 30-minute in-class hygiene lecture reinforcing the importance of hand washing. No-touch hand sanitizer dispensers were only installed in the classrooms of half of the participating schools for 20 weeks. At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found no difference in the number of absences related to sickness between the two groups. However, this research does not apply to hospitals, where hand sanitizers are an essential part of infection control says lead study author Patricia Priest.
According to an article in the Dermatology Times, the house passed a bill that would make it easier for over the counter sunscreen products to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has not approved a new ingredient for sunscreen in over 15 years. The bill, known as the “Sunscreen Innovation Act,” applies only to sunscreens that have been marketed for use in Europe, Canada, and other countries for at least five years. The bill was passed in light of rising skin cancer rates.
Recently, the American Academy of Dermatology developed a list of food and drink that can age your skin prematurely. The list includes: sweets, alcohol, white wine, charred meat, salty foods, and processed meats. While eating these foods in moderation will not age your skin overnight, over-indulgence can speed up the skin aging process. “What you eat affects your skin—for better or worse,” says Ariel Ostad, MD, a member of the AAD.