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FDA Approves First Pill Made – MedicineNet

The agency approved the prescription drug Spritam (levetiracetam) as a 3D-printed pill, to be taken with other medicines for seizures in certain children and adults with epilepsy.

According to a news release from Ohio-based Aprecia Pharmaceuticals, the drug is made using a 3D printing method called ZipDose Technology, which produces a porous pill that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid.

3D printing has already been used to make medical devices, but Spritam is the first 3D-printed drug to be approved for sale in the United States. It is expected to be available early next year.

Experts say 3D printing of pills could usher in an era where drugs can be custom-ordered, based on specific patient needs, rather than a “one-product-fits-all” approach.

The agency approved the prescription drug Spritam (levetiracetam) as a 3D-printed pill, to be taken with other medicines for seizures in certain children and adults with epilepsy.

TUESDAY, Aug. 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The age of 3D printing has come to the drug industry, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday approving the first pill made with the technology.

 

Curated from FDA Approves First Pill Made by 3D Printing – MedicineNet

 

 Active As Teen, Free of Diabetes In Later Life? – WebMD

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THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High levels of during the early teen years might reduce the risk of diabetes later in life, a new study suggests.

The research included 300 children who were checked for insulin resistance every year from ages 9 to 16. Insulin resistance is a condition that leads to high blood sugar and is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.

At age 13, insulin resistance was 17 percent lower among more physically active youngsters than among those who were less active. However, this difference decreased over the next three years and was gone by age 16.

 

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Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

 

Curated from Active As Teen, Free of Diabetes In Later Life? – WebMD

 Higher-Dose, Short-Duration Radiation Better for : Study – WebMD

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THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A shorter course of radiation therapy is better for women with early stage breast cancer, according to a new study.

 

Specifically, it found that those who received higher doses of whole breast radiation over a shorter period of time had fewer and a better than those who received smaller doses of radiation over a longer period of time.

 

“Patients who received the shorter course reported less difficulty in caring for their families’ needs. This is a major priority for women undergoing breast cancer radiation,” study first author Dr. Simona Shaitelman, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, said in a center news release.

 

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD’s Communities. It’s a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A shorter course of radiation therapy is better for women with early stage breast cancer, according to a new study.

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

 

 

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