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Physician's First Watch Archive

Medical news from NEJM Journal Watch

December 23, 2014

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending a series of steps to improve women's access to contraception, including expanding insurance coverage of contraception …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has issued a draft statement recommending that ambulatory blood pressure be used to confirm high blood pressure before a patient is diagnosed …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Clarithromycin — when coprescribed with some statins in older adults — is associated with increased risks for adverse outcomes including mortality, according to an observational study …

By Kelly Young

Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH

Antihypertensive treatment in patients with grade 1 hypertension is associated with reduced cardiovascular risk, according to a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine. …

December 22, 2014

By The Editors

As of January 2015, over 250,000 providers will have their Medicare payments cut by 1% for failing to meet certain goals for …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The FDA on Friday approved a new, all-oral, interferon-free treatment for patients with hepatitis C genotype 1, including those with cirrhosis. Viekira Pak includes a combination ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir tablet (two tablets taken once daily) plus a dasabuvir tablet …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The FDA has approved olaparib capsules (brand name, Lynparza) — a poly ADP-ribose polymerase inhibitor — to …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

The FDA has approved Zerbaxa — a combination of the new cephalosporin ceftolozane plus the beta-lactamase …

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by André Sofair, MD, MPH

Haruko Obokata, the embattled stem cell researcher whose Nature papers were retracted earlier this year, has resigned after being unable …

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