Tag Archives: Drugs

Two New Drugs Help Relieve Sickle-Cell Disease. But Who Will Pay?

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved two transformative new treatments for sickle-cell disease, the first in 20 years. But the drugs are wildly expensive, renewing troubling questions about access to cutting-edge medicines. Adakveo, made by Novartis, can prevent episodes of nearly unbearable pain that occur when malformed blood cells get stuck in blood vessels.… Read More »

Arthritis drugs could be repurposed to help prevent breast cancer spreading to the bone, study suggests

Drugs commonly used to treat arthritis may help to prevent breast cancer spreading to the bone, where it is incurable, new research suggests. In a major new study published in Nature Communications, scientists propose that NHS arthritis drugs anakinra, canakinumab and sulfasalazine could in future be repurposed to help treat breast cancer, following the discovery of… Read More »

Weight gain on HIV treatment: drug combinations, not single drugs, need to be focus of quest for cause

Weight gain after starting antiretroviral treatment probably has multiple causes but appears strongly linked to specific drugs, and to combinations of drugs, Dr Andrew Hill of the University of Liverpool told the 17th European AIDS Conference in Basel, Switzerland, on Thursday. He highlighted some of the problems with the ways in which the phenomenon has… Read More »

Weight gain on HIV treatment: more common with newer drugs, low CD4 counts

Weight gain after starting antiretroviral treatment is not exclusive to dolutegravir-based treatment, but appears to be associated with newer, better tolerated drugs, a large meta-analysis of randomised trials published this month in Clinical Infectious Diseases has found. People with low CD4 counts were at much greater risk of large weight increases after starting treatment, the… Read More »