September 1, 2012
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On 15 May the FDA Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research/Office of Blood Research and Review (CBER/OBRR) granted market clearance to the OraQuick in-home HIV-1/2 antibody test based on the recommendation of the Blood Products Advisory Committee.
In this paper, the authors performed a pharmacoepidemiologic study on the relationship between azithromycin, a frequently used broad-spectrum macrolide antibiotic, and cardiovascular death. The authors analyzed data from the Tennessee Medicaid program.
Coffee is widely consumed throughout the United States. Some prior studies have associated coffee consumption with increased rates of heart disease, whereas other studies have shown less heart disease in coffee drinkers.
In this issue: Side effects of finasteride; new ruling on pharmaceutical companies paying generic manufacturers; and FDA actions.