Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Purple Pill for Infants?

AstraZeneca, makers of Nexium, America's favorite and best selling purple pill is applying for a dosage appropriate pill for infants from birth to 1 year old with chronic GERD (gastroesopheagal reflex disease).

The treatment would be for up to 6 weeks.

Although physiologic non-painful regurgitation is normal in the first year of life, some infants may have persistent symptoms diagnosed as GERD that could require treatment with an acid-suppressive drug to help resolve the problem.

Blogger's note:
What next? Baby-strength Lipitor?

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Heartburn Drugs Cause Bone Fractures

You have got to take pity on the poor woman or man who has been prescribed Nexium or Prilosec for chronic heartburn.

Why?

Studies have shown that long-term use of drugs such as Nexium or Prilosec for more than a year increased the likelihood of hip fracture by more than 40 percent. Patients on high-dose heartburn medication were more than twice as likely to break a hip than those not taking such drugs.

What's the cause? Perhaps the reduction of stomach acid decreases calcium absorption and increases bone loss.

You have got to wonder what the drug makers were thinking about and when did they know about the bone loss?