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Concerta: Drug for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Brand Name Drug: Concerta Active Ingredient Drug: methylphenidate hydrochloride Indication: Treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children over age 6 Company Name: ALZA Corporation Availability: Approved by FDA on August 1, 2000 Introduction For several years the…

Sarafem: The Drug Approved for PMS

Brand Name: Sarafem Active Ingredient: fluoxetine Indication: Treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder; as Prozac, also approved for the treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, and bulimia Company Name: Eli Lilly and Company Availability: Approved by FDA on July…

Visudyne for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Brand Name Drug: Visudyne Active Ingredient Drug: verteporfin for injection Indication: Treatment of wet form of age-related macular degeneration Company Name: CIBA Vision, the eye care unit of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Availability: Approvable letter issued by FDA on…

Ellence – Medication for Adjuvant Therapy of Breast Cancer

Brand Name: Ellence Active Ingredient: epirubicin Indication: adjuvant treatment of breast cancer that has spread to local lymph nodes Company Name: Pharmacia & Upjohn Introduction Ellence (pronounced el-LENCE) (epirubicin hydrochloride injection), marketed by Pharamacia &Upjohn, is an anthracycline…

ReFacto for Hemophilia A

Brand Name: ReFacto Active Ingredient: recombinant antihemophilic factor VIII Indication: Control and prevention of bleeding episodes and surgical prophylaxis in patients with hemophilia A Company Name: American Home Products Corporation Availability: Approved by FDA on March 6, 2000…

Locilex – Antibiotic Cream for Diabetic Ulcers

Brand Name: Locilex 1% Topical Cream Active Ingredient: pexiganan acetate Indication: Topical antibiotic therapy of infected diabetic ulcers Dosage Form(s): Topical Cream Company Name: SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals and Magainin Pharmaceuticals Inc. Introduction Among the most common and severe…

Optivar Eyedrops for Allergic Conjunctivitis

Brand Name Drug: Optivar Active Ingredient Drug: azelastine hydrochloride Indication: Treatment of itching of the eye associated with allergic conjunctivitis in adults and children over age 3 Company Name: ASTA Medica Availability: Approved by FDA on May 22,…

Ortho-Prefest: Another Choice for Relieving Symptoms of Menopause

Brand Name Drug: Ortho-Prefest Active Ingredient Drug: 17(beta)-estradiol / norgestimate Indication: Treatment of vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause, treatment of vulvar and vaginal atrophy, and prevention of osteoporosis Company Name: Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceuticals Availability: Approved for marketing in the…

Antagon: An Aid in Artificial Fertilization

Brand Name: Antagon Active Ingredient: ganirelix acetate Indication: aid in artificial fertilization (inhibits premature luteinizing horomone (LH) surges in women undergoing controlled ovarian hyperstimulation) Company Name: Organon, Inc. Introduction In the United States, infertility affects 6.1 percent of…

Protonix: Proton Pump Inhibitor for GERD

Brand Name: Protonix Active Ingredient: pantoprazole sodium Indication: Short-term (up to 16 weeks) treatment of erosive esophagitis Company Name: American Home Products Corporation Availability: Tablet form approved by the FDA on February 3, 2000 Introduction Nearly 60 million…