The Ministry of Health (MOH) in the country of Liberia, in conjunction with the World Health Organization (who), has confirmed an outbreak of yellow fever (YF) in Grand Cape Mount County. To the present date, the authorities have detected 29 cases meeting the case definition, including 3 deaths, originating from 2 districts in the county. It is estimated that 150,000 people are at risk for contracting the disease.
Health professionals are receiving a sharp warning from the Searle pharmaceutical company. Searle wants to make sure that practitioners are not misusing the drug, misoprostol (Cytotec ®). Misoprostol is an abortifacient and is prohibited for use in pregnant women in the United States. In the US the drug is used for the prevention of NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including aspirin)-induced gastric ulcers.
In other drug news, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the development of a Medication Guide (FDA-approved patient labeling) to help ensure that women using the prescription drug Lotronex (alosetron hydrochloride) for treatment of the diarrhea-predominant form of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) will understand the rare but serious risks of Lotronex and how they can recognize those risks and take early action to prevent serious harm. You can reprint the patient medication guide from today's Vidyya for your own use.
Finally, we have information released today by the CDC regarding youth smoking. While rates appear to have risen during the last decade, the also leveled off and declined in the last part of the decade.
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