Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 331 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Nov-2003
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Aspirin can prevent heart disease at fraction of cost of cholesterol lowering drugs (statins)
Aspirin and blood pressure lowering drugs can prevent heart disease at a fraction of the cost of cholesterol lowering drugs (statins) and clopidogrel (an anti-clotting drug), finds a study in this week's BMJ.  more

Heart disease risk in British men is overestimated
Current scoring methods over-predict the risk of death from coronary heart disease in British men, according to a study in this week's BMJ.  more


FDA approves Plenaxis (abarelix for injectable suspension)
Praecis Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its lead product, Plenaxis (abarelix for injectable suspension).  more

Prescribing information: Plenaxis
Plenaxis is the first gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist available as a depot formulation. Plenaxis is indicated for the palliative treatment of men with advanced symptomatic prostate cancer, in whom LHRH agonist therapy is not appropriate and who refuse surgical castration, and have one or more of the following: (1) risk of neurological compromise due to metastases, (2) ureteral or bladder outlet obstruction due to local encroachment or metastatic disease, or (3) severe bone pain from skeletal metastases persisting on narcotic analgesia.  more

Information for patients: Plenaxis
Plenaxis™ is a type of medicine called a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist that lowers the male hormone testosterone in your blood. Testosterone makes most prostate cancers grow. Other ways to treat your prostate cancer are taking other hormone medicines to lower testosterone or surgery to remove your testicles. more

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