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Alpha-1 Resources: Medications



Master Drug List
All-inclusive medication list for Alphas.
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Stiolto Respimat inhalation spray
“Stiolto Respimat is a COPD maintenance treatment proven to be more effective than either Spiriva or olodaterol alone, with a comparable safety profile,” said Sabine Luik, MD, senior vice president of Medicine & Regulatory Affairs at Boehringer Ingelheim. “Patients may appreciate the benefits of a maintenance medication that improves lung function within five minutes, lasts all day and reduces the use of rescue inhalers.”
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Levaquin Warning
1. "New calls for stronger warning about popular antibiotic". (5-01-15) Full story

2. "Warnings for Cipro, Levaquin, and other Quinolone Antibiotics" (older "update" of 2003 newsletter) Full story
Enterovirus D68
American Thoracic Society's Patient Information Series has released a helpful article on Enterovirus D68. Available in "pdf" format here.
If you need the free PDF Reader, go to the Adobe website and select "Adobe Reader" from the "Downloads" drop-down menu.
Concerned approval of new Spiriva "mist" version
Four of thirteen FDA panel members express "lingering unease" that there might be an elevated risk of fatal heart attack.
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Influenza - "The Flu"
The American Thoracic Society's Patient Information Series has released its 2013-2014 Season Update describing the symptoms, prevention, and treatment of the flu. Available in "pdf" format here. If you need the free PDF Reader, go to the Adobe website and select "Adobe Reader" from the "Downloads" drop-down menu.
US FDA MedWatch

Azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax, or Z-pack) Warning about Risk of Potentially Fatal Heart Rhythms.
Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 0.083 percent (Nephron Pharmaceuticals): Recall

US FDA MedWatch (Safety Alerts) on Twitter with link back to each full report.
Inhalers, Inhalers, Inhalers

Everything you wanted to know about inhalers. All current types demonstrated in great detail. Interactive. Back to basics!