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Drugs and Devices

On Nov. 28, the FDA approved Truxima (rituximab-abbs) as the first biosimilar to Rituxan (rituximab) for the treatment of adult patients with CD20-positive, B-cell non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) to be used as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy.

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According to the National Youth Tobacco Survey, more than 3.6 million middle and high school students are current (past 30 day) e-cigarette users in 2018, an increase of more than 1.5 million students since last year.

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A drug first identified 150 years ago and used as a smooth-muscle relaxant might make tumors more sensitive to radiation, according to a study Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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On Oct. 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved expansion of the use of Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) to include women and men aged 27 through 45 years.

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Consuming one to two drinks four or more times per week, which is deemed healthy by current guidelines, increases the risk of premature death by 20%, compared with drinking three times a week or less, according to a study in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

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On August 10, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Annovera (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol vaginal system), which is a combined hormonal contraceptive for women and is the first vaginal ring contraceptive that can be used for an entire year.

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On August 8, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Poteligeo (mogamulizumab-kpkc) injection for IV use for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory mycosis fungoides (MF) or Sézary syndrome (SS) after at least one prior systemic therapy. These are two rare, hard-to . . .

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