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That’s the reminder Monday from health officials at the federal Food and Drug Administration, who have finally told giant drugmaker Bayer Corp. not to expect the agency to give the go-ahead for labels listing aspirin as a drug for primary prevention of heart attacks and other problems.
Instead, the recommendation for daily doses of therapeutic aspirin remains the same: It should be used only in people at high risk for heart attack and stroke, and then only under a doctor’s care.
“You should use daily aspirin therapy only after first talking to your health care professional, who can weigh the risks and benefits,” said Dr. Robert Temple, the FDA’s deputy director for clinical science.
Merck MRK -2.59% & Co. is getting out of the business of making Claritin allergy medicines and Coppertone sunscreens, selling off its over-the-counter business to Bayer AG BAYN.XE -0.93% for $14.2 billion.
Tuesday's deal is just the latest in a wave of mergers and acquisitions that is reshaping the global pharmaceutical industry. Many drug companies are narrowing their focus, dropping out of noncore businesses and bulking up where they have the size and expertise to generate significant sales growth.
Merck and Bayer also agreed to form a collaboration to co-develop and market certain prescription heart drugs, including Bayer's Adempas, a treatment for a form of high blood pressure. Merck will pay Bayer $1 billion upfront, plus potential additional milestone payments of up to $1.2 billion if sales goals are reached.
originally posted by: seeker1963
a reply to: snarky412
You might be surprised on whom and how Bayer got started!! Check it out!
I'll give you a hint! "Operation Paperclip"......
Being that they merged with Merck (which was news to me) now I REALLY won't take an aspirin EVER again!
originally posted by: BlueJacket
a reply to: snarky412
I think you are perhaps on to something...it is true that aspirin used to excess causes leaky gut, but your take on the monetary benefit kinda over-rides that little gem, especially if working with an MD.
This drug is considered a specialty medication, which means:
It is very expensive.
A typical fill can cost $7,976 or more for 90 tablets of Adempas 2.5mg.
Patients in need of this drug will usually find most of the cost paid by an insurance company, government or non profit organization. If you are uninsured or need help with your co-pay, the manufacturer may also offer assistance.
Most retail pharmacies will not stock this medication. The manufacturer may offer more information on how to fill this prescription.
Contaminated haemophilia blood products were a serious public health problem in the late 1970s through 1985. These products caused large numbers of haemophiliacs to become infected with HIV and hepatitis C. The companies involved included Alpha Therapeutic Corporation, Rhone-Poulenc Rorer Inc., a unit of Rhone-Poulenc S.A., Bayer Corporation and its Cutter Biological division, Baxter International and its Hyland Pharmaceutical division . Estimates range from 6,000 to 10,000 haemophiliacs in the United States becoming infected with HIV. Factor VIII is a protein that helps the clotting of blood, which haemophiliacs, due to the genetic nature of their condition, are unable to produce themselves. By injecting themselves with it, hemophiliacs can stop bleeding or prevent bleeding from starting; some use it as often as three times a week.
I never use pain killers except on rare occasion, like last year when I got pleurisy, and aspirin does nothing at all for that kind of pain, but the largest allowed dose of ibuprofen helped a little. It's probably not a bad idea to have both aspirin and ibuprofen in the medicine cabinet, as they each have different uses.
originally posted by: skunkape23
Aspirin works miracles for pain relief, for me. I was prescribed vicodin once for a broken foot. It made me feel like ants were crawling under my skin. I traded them for a case of beer. I keep a bottle of aspirin in my survival kit.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Adempas (riociguat) to treat adults with two forms of pulmonary hypertension.