The following stories appear in full on Today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
Smokers seeking medical help to quit are being monitored after reports linking the anti-smoking drug Zyban to 18 deaths in the UK. The Department of Health says the deaths are not necessarily a result of using the drug, because the people who died may have had serious underlying health conditions.
For more information: Deaths Linked To Smoking Cessation Drug, Zyban (Bupropion Hydrochloride)
Nicotine-Free Zyban is prescription-strength medicine that is the first nicotine-free pill approved to help patients quit smoking. The medication is available from health care professionals only and is not over-the-counter. Recently the drug has been linked to 18 deaths in the UK. Get the prescribing information for Zyban in today's issue.
For more information: Prescribing Information: Zyban
In December 2000, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a new format for prescription drug labeling that will help reduce medical errors, which according to the National Academy of Sciences may be responsible for as many as 98,000 US deaths annually. The FDA believes that this new, user- friendly format will reduce errors in drug prescribing. Vidyya has obtained an example of the newly proposed labeling for our readers. Our readers are invited to report to the FDA what they think of this proposal at www.accessdata.fda. To view the new physician labeling, just follow the 'more information' link on this page.
For more information: Example Of Newly Proposed Prescription Drug Labeling For Physicians
For the first time, researchers have shown that lowering stroke victims' temperatures a few degrees may protect them from permanent brain damage.
For more information: Induced Hypothermia Can Help Prevent Stroke Damage
February is American Heart Month. During the month, organizations are sponsoring a Cardiovascular Health Summit, which will focus on improving the quality of prevention activities in health-care systems. An estimated 12 million persons residing in the United States have coronary heart disease (CHD), which includes myocardial infarction, angina pectoris (chest pain), or both.
For more information: American Heart Month - February 2001
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