Monthly Archives: November 2011

Trouble Sleeping? – Is Intermezzo the Solution?

You may be feeling soporific after ingesting large quantities of tryptophan containing turkey, but the day before Thanksgiving, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval for zolpidem tartrate sublingual tablets, known as Intermezzo, by Transcept Pharmaceuticals Inc. This is … Continue reading

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Exercise – You Just Need the Right Motivation!

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Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

A patient of mine has been on cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxer, intermittently for over a year. Now her insurance, a Humana, Medicare plan, said they will no longer cover it. I pointed out to them that the medication is generic … Continue reading

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Free Speech and Off-Label Drug Use

When pharmaceutical representatives talk to physicians and others about their products, they are only allowed to talk about indications (reasons) to use the product as approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Doctors are free to prescribe for other reasons, … Continue reading

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