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What’s biotech compared with biopharmaceutical companies?

What’s biotech compared with biopharmaceutical companies?

Some crossover: Biotech companies mostly concentrate on biological molecules like antibodies as products for disease modification. Pharmaceutical companies mostly concentrate on chemicals that can be made in a laboratory. But pharm companies are constantly on the look for promising biotech companies to work with or buy to increase their product line. ...Read more

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Does fda approve all cosmetics sold in us?

Does fda approve all cosmetics sold in us?

FDA approved none: The fda regulates drugs, not cosmetics. Therefore, a cosmetic manufacturer can make any claim they want and can get away with it, true or not, as long as they don't make medical claims. ...Read more

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Do pharma companies make more money selling generic or trade name cancer drug?

Do pharma companies make more money selling generic or trade name cancer drug?

Trade name: Trade name drugs are sold under a monopoly so the drug companies can recoup their investment in researching and developing a drug. Generic drugs are sold by competing companies once the original patent expires. The competition drives down prices and limits profits. ...Read more

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Is "Provigil" an FDA approved prescription drug?

Is "Provigil" an FDA approved prescription drug?

Yes: Provigil is an FDA prescription drug used mostly for narcolepsy or excessive daytime sleepiness from other causes. http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cder/drugsatfda/index.cfm?fuseaction=Search.DrugDetails ...Read more

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Is somnapure fda approved?

Is somnapure fda approved?

Somnapure: Somnapure is a nutritional supplement and therefore not regulated by the fda. ...Read more

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Are supplements from direct sales companies safe?

Are supplements from direct sales companies safe?

Usually: You might ask for 3rd party assays of purity and strength. Some ethical companies provide them. I would not buy from a company that does not. The gmp seal from the natural foods association is a purchased approval and does not reflect any quality testing. ...Read more

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Which pharmaceutical company is going to launch hiv/aids medicines in asia?

Which pharmaceutical company is going to launch hiv/aids medicines in asia?

HIV/AIDS MEDS/ASIA: The company with sixty percent of market in asia and eastern europe is smith kline beecham. But the brand name meds are too expensive and unaffordable by most.So generic meds are being manufactured by drug companies in india and elsewhere. ...Read more

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Are store brand contact lens solution harmful compared to the well known brands such as bausch and lomb.

Are store brand contact lens solution harmful compared to the well known brands such as bausch and lomb.

Store brand: Store brand contact lens solutions are just not as good at removing debris and protein from the contact lenses. I have seen more people develope red eyes and contact lenses intolerance while using store brand solution. These solutions will not permanently damage you eyes but are just not as good as bran name solutions. I prefer a solution called revitalens. ...Read more

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Prescription written for 250mg Chloroquine, med given from pharmacy, ChlorproPAMIDE 250mg. Are these the same?

Prescription written for 250mg Chloroquine, med given from pharmacy, ChlorproPAMIDE  250mg. Are these the same?

Not even close: Hi. Nope, chloroquine and chlorpropamide are not in the same category of drugs, and are for completely different indications. Either the doc or the pharmacist screwed up BIG TIME. Are you diabetic or are you trying to prevent malaria...aw heck, what's the difference??? Good luck! ...Read more

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Are natural remedies usually safer than pharmaceutical drugs?

Are natural remedies usually safer than pharmaceutical drugs?

In the right hands: Natural doesn't necessarily mean safe. Nature has danger built in. Plants and supplements can be toxic to specific organs, and in the hands of an unskilled person might be dangerous. Many natural remedies can interact with pharmaceuticals, too. There may also be contaminants depending on source. But in the hands of a natural medicine expert, yes, generally, i believe they are. ...Read more

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Is pentaxim vaccine (sanofi made in france) really banned?

Is pentaxim vaccine (sanofi made in france) really banned?

Below: Yes: There have been numerous studies over the years, that the dosage of vaccine in Pentaxim against Pertussis is low, that it is not able to protect humans from infection in the long run. A recent study by WHO also states that pertussis (respiratory disease, which spreads through contact) is on the rise again & is prevalent among 5+ years old children in the United States & Europe, where this vaccine has been adopted as part of the national immunization schedule. This vaccine has already been banned in developed countries, on WHO’s recommendation. ...Read more

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Otc nasal steroids safe in united states?

Otc nasal steroids safe in united states?

Not available: There are no over-the-counter nasal steroids available--steroid nasal sprays are prescription only. Over the counter nasal sprays should, in general, be avoided. ...Read more

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What filler materials are used in the drug revia or depade (naltrexone)?

What filler materials are used in the drug revia or depade (naltrexone)?

Revia (naltrexone) Ingredients:: Active: Naltrexone. Inactive Ingredients SILICON DIOXIDE CROSPOVIDONE HYPROMELLOSE 2910 (3 MPA.S) HYPROMELLOSE 2910 (6 MPA.S) LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE MAGNESIUM STEARATE CELLULOSE, MICROCRYSTALLINE POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 400 POLYSORBATE 80 FERRIC OXIDE RED FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW TITANIUM DIOXIDE ...Read more

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Are there any safety measures built into fibromyalgia drug trials?

Are there any safety measures built into fibromyalgia drug trials?

Many measures: One of main reasons to conduct drug trials is to assess the safety of new drugs. Compared to clinical practice, drug trials tend to be much more comprehensive in terms of laboratory tests and frequency of followup. Of course, not all drug trials are equal. If you are thinking of volunteering for a trial, you should ask the study doctor specific questions about safety measures. ...Read more

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Chemically speaking, are illegal drugs different from prescription drugs?

Chemically speaking, are illegal drugs different from prescription drugs?

If by illegal: you mean "bootleg" drugs manufactured illegally (e.g., methamphetamine), the difference is a prescription drug is made under govt regulation to insure purity and quality. Illegal drugs have no quality control, may contain toxins, are probably of poor quality and purity, and may not be the drug claimed by the dealer. Using them is a roll of the dice with your life. ...Read more

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Does the fda have jurisdiction over us made drugs and cosmetics?

FDA: Fda, the food and drug administration, is a federal agency that was created to gaurantee the safety of food and prescription drugs in the United States. They also try to gaurantee the effectiveness of drugs, and require testing before a drug is approved for use to show that the product is both safe and effective. This is important for so called generic drugs, which don't require the same testing. ...Read more