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E-DRUG: Contents of Prescrire International  N° 89
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Contents of Prescrire International, 

June 2007 Volume 16  N° 89
 
Editorial
. Rational choices             

Independent information helps choose among treatment options
 
NEW PRODUCTS
. Human papillomavirus vaccine
(cervical cancer prevention)        

High hopes.

. Zonisamide (refractory partial epilepsy)             
No advantage

. Sodium oxybate (cataplexy)        
Fewer attacks of cataplexy in some patients

. Modafinil (sleep apnoea)              
For a minority of patients

. Pregabalin (generalised anxiety)             
Better to use a benzodiazepine

. Atorvastatin + amlodipine
(cardiovascular prevention)     

. Editor's opinion: Fixed-dose combinations
Just a commercial ploy 

. Trastuzumab (adjuvant breast cancer treatment)         
Improved survival but cardiotoxicity is a concern

SHORTCUTS

. Estradiol + drospirenone (hormone replacement 
therapy) 

. Type A botulin toxin 
      
Secrecy
. Evra° dose change: an air of secrecy 
(contraceptive patch) 

Secrecy surrounds a dosage change

ADVERSE EFFECTS
 
. Early treatment of premature infants with
steroids: neurological sequelae            

. Invasive infections due to Saccharomyces
boulardii (Ultra-levure°)          

. Tamsulosin and cataract surgery: hypotonic iris     

. Bevacizumab: serious neurological disorders 
and nasal perforations       

. Cutaneous adverse effects of inhaled steroids 

. Glitazones and bladder cancer  

. Isotretinoin: stroke and myocardial infarction  

. Evra° contraceptive patch: risk of thromboembolism        

. Renal failure and gadolinium: danger 

. Development of torcetrapib, a lipid-lowering drug, 
abandoned      

. Sibutramine: an Australian analysis of reported 
adverse effects  

. Terbinafine: agranulocytosis             

REVIEWS
 
. Human papillomavirus  
Often harmless but in some cases carcinogenic

. Bacterial conjunctivitis in children             
Antibiotic eye drops only if eyewashing is ineffective

Minireviews

. Rimonabant, obesity and diabetes 

. Methadone replacement therapy 

. Omega-3 and cancer or dementia           

OUTLOOK
 
Editorial
. Post-market studies: broken promises           

About Prescrire
. 2006 Prescrire financial report             

Safety
. Packaging of pharmaceuticals              

. The Prescrire Packaging Working Group             

Improving drug packaging: regulators 

. can do better 
 
FORUM
 
. Street medicines in Niamey (Niger)             

Forsteo° compliance programme: 

. just say no      

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