Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 248 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Sep-2003
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Office-based therapy for opiate addiction successful: Option can increase number of patients seeking treatment
The recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of buprenorphine and of a combination product containing buprenorphine and naloxone, developed through more than a decade of research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, has opened the door to mainstream medical treatment for people addicted to opiates, such as heroin and morphine. more

Information for patients: Questions and answers about Subutex and Suboxone
Subutex and Suboxone are medications approved for the treatment of opiate dependence. Both medicines contain the active ingredient, buprenorphine hydrochloride, which works to reduce the symptoms of opiate dependence. more


Prescribing information: Suboxone
Suboxone, contains both buprenorphine and the opiate antagonist naloxone, and is intended to be the formulation used in maintenance treatment of opiate addiction. Naloxone has been added to Suboxone to guard against intravenous abuse of buprenorphine by individuals physically dependent on opiates.  more

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) helps families and schools prepare for disasters
As the second anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America nears, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is disseminating two new tools to help families and schools prepare for future disasters and terrorism. This nationwide school preparedness initiative is endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.  more

FDA updates labeling of Valtrex
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication for Valtrex (valacyclovir hydrochloride) Caplets; Valtrex reduces the risk of heterosexual transmission of genital herpes to susceptible partners with healthy immune systems when used as suppressive therapy in combination with safer sex practices.  more

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