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What You Need to Know About Clinical Trials

You may have heard about clinical trials and not had a clear picture of what they are, what they do, and who can participate in these clinical trials. Although clinicals can be conducted for certain types of equipment, most clinical trials are conducted to test new medications or drugs for specific illnesses or conditions. Clinical trials are also referred to as clinical research. You need to understand that the medications or treatments used in trials have not been proven to work, or even proven to be safe. This is very different than going to your doctor and getting a prescription for a medication that has been tested and found to be safe and effective.

Excaliard Initiates Phase 2 Trials In U.S. For Its Skin Scarring Drug, EXC 001

Excaliard Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced the initiation of three proof of concept Phase 2 trials of EXC 001, an antisense medicine that reduces fibrosis, for the amelioration of skin scarring and other fibrotic disorders. The U.S. multicenter trials will test the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of EXC 001 in two different models to evaluate the improvement of the appearance of scars in subjects undergoing elective abdominoplasty surgery and revision of scars associated with prior breast surgery. "The prevention and treatment of unsatisfactory skin scarring remains an important unmet medical need, " said Lincoln Krochmal, MD, CEO & President of Excaliard Pharmaceuticals.

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Is it Legal to Purchase Prescription Medication From Online Pharmacies?

You may have heard about sting operations that shut down online pharmacies. Does this mean that all online pharmacies are illegal? No, it doesn't mean that at all. It means that you need to take precautions when using an online pharmacy to make sure that you aren't breaking the law. The first step is to make sure that the online pharmacy that you use is actually licensed in the United States - and don't just take their word for it. You can check for licensing through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. A licensed pharmacy will display the seal of the organization on their website, but again, don't take the sites word for it. Check directly with the licensing board.

Generic Prescriptions Make Health Care Affordable to All

Drugs sold as a cheaper alternative to brand named products are called generic drugs. Usually, generic drug companies cannot patent their active ingredients, but they can patent their own unique formulation. The Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America governs all medications and according to them the generic drug is identical to the brand named drug, legally. Therefore, the same laws apply to these drugs as their branded counterparts where strength, administration and safety are concerned. They must contain the same active ingredient as the branded product and be within acceptable bioequivalent ranges. Once the patent expires on a branded drug, generic drugs can be introduced into the market.

General Information About Anesthetics

Anesthetic is any of a group of drugs that cause a loss of sensation. They are given before medical treatment, such as surgery, that would otherwise cause pain. There are many anesthetic drugs, and they can be grouped according to the effect they produce in the patient. Question: What are the main types of anesthetics? A general anesthetic, causing loss of consciousness as well as loss of sensation, is given in most surgical operations. Another group, called local anesthetics, causes loss of sensation only in the area to be treated. Dentists often use a local anesthetic during the filling or extraction of a tooth. A third group is the topical anesthetics, which remove sensation from a surface area such as an eye or the nose.

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General Information About Antibiotics

Antibiotic is an agent that weakens or destroys bacteria; antibiotics are medically used to treat various types of bacterial infections. The various types of antibiotics work either by preventing an infection from growing or by destroying an existing infection. Antibiotics are produced either from a mold or a fungus or are produced synthetically. Question: What are the various types of antibiotics and what do they do? Common forms of antibiotics include aminoglycosides, macrolides, penicillins, tetracyclines, and cephalosporins. Aminoglycosides work by interfering with the protein formation of bacteria. Aminoglycosides include gentamicin, amikacin, and tobramycin.

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