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FDA Questions Safety of Everolimus

The FDA added everolimus to its Adverse Event Reporting System due to new safety information the agency has received regarding hypertension. Everolimus is indicated for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma in patients who have failed previous treatments.

The FDA has not released any additional information on this decision and "is continuing to evaluate this issue to determine the need for any regulatory action." The addition to the Adverse Event Reporting System relate to pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary arterial hypertension.


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Cell Transplant Helps Paralyzed Man Walk with Frame

(Reuters) - A Polish man who was paralyzed from the chest down in a knife attack can now walk with the aid of a frame after receiving pioneering transplant treatment using cells from his nose.

The technique, described as a breakthrough by a study in the journal Cell Transplantation, involved transplanting what are known as olfactory ensheathing cells into the patient's spinal cord and constructing a "nerve bridge" between two stumps of the damaged spinal column.


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States, Federal Government Debate Use of Medical Marijuana

Phoenix—As a clinical pharmacy specialist at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, New York, Jeffrey Fudin, PharmD, is prohibited from prescribing or dispensing marijuana. He is a federal government employee and must abide by US law that makes marijuana illegal.