Monday, August 15, 2011

Dificid- A New Drug to Treat C. DIFF.- Now FDA Approved for Use

Dificid Approved to Treat iC. diff/i Diarrhea --Doctors Lounge

I'm posting this article because C. diff., a bacteria infection that is usually contracted in hospitals that causes severe diarrhea and in some cases can cause colitis or even death, can be treated by a new drug that was just FDA approved. The drug Dificid is said to be effective with treating the continual diarrhea that C. diff. infected sufferers experience.

I do not know anyone that has been prescribed this medication yet, but I like to know that there are other options for treatment that are available for people with this infection. Hospitals are the most common place where people become infected with C. diff. I have two family members that became ill with this infection during their stay in the hospital. Both my Aunt and Grandmother were plagued with the persistent and temporary debilitating C. diff. Some people cannot leave the house due to symptoms and sometimes the infection lasts for months and if you're an unfortunate one, the bacteria infection can recur at some point in the future.

What I know for a fact that works for helping eliminate and calm symptoms is taking a good probiotic. This was the ONLY helpful thing my Aunt took that helped her get better & back to normal. You must replenish your gut flora that is killed by the bacteria & also killed by the prescribed antibiotic, leaving you with no good bacteria in your gut = not good.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nanoparticle Iron & Minerals - A Good Option for IBS & IBD Sufferers That Require Supplemental Nutrients

I'm really interested in learning more about Nanoparticle Medicine/Nanoparticle Technology for drug and mineral delivery. What I've read about the stuff is that Nanoparticles & products of nanotechnology are of increasing interest to the pharmaceutical community. They can increase drug solubility, enhance bioavailability, allow tissue targeting, offer decreased side-effects, and improve therapeutic efficacy.
Drug delivery technologies are patent protected formulation technologies that modify drug release profile, absorption, distribution and elimination for the benefit of improving product efficacy and safety, as well as patient convenience and compliance.[3] Most common routes of administration include the preferred non-invasive peroral (through the mouth), topical (skin), transmucosal (nasal, buccal/sublingual, vaginal, ocular and rectal) and inhalation routes.[4][5] Many medications such as peptide and protein, antibody, vaccine and gene based drugs, in general may not be delivered using these routes because they might be susceptible to enzymatic degradation or can not be absorbed into the systemic circulation efficiently due to molecular size and charge issues to be therapeutically effective. For this reason many protein and peptide drugs have to be delivered by injection or a nanoneedle array.

Because I have to always get iron infusions; about every 3 months or so, it would be so wonderful to be able to orally take the iron without experiencing stomach and intestinal bleeding/upset. I absolutely cannot tolerate regular oral iron capsules or tablets whatsoever. Due to the ongoing intestinal bleeding, I lose a significant amount of blood; enough to lower my red blood cell count causing me to become anemic. The only safe and tolerable solution to raise my level of iron is through a 5-7 session round of 30-45 min. Iron Sucrose infusions every few months. I tried the 2 session Iron infusion ( kind of like one big dose of iron injected within 20 seconds rather than 20 min, requiring only 2 injections) and had a reaction. My body is a fragile, sensitive thing and reacts to so many chemicals, foods, plants, people... yes humans lol... just kidding about the people and plants, unless they're pollenated and say stupid things.
Discovering the Nanoparticle form of iron seems like something that I may be able to handle because the iron is instantly absorbed into the bloodstream and does not require digestion. This Means that in this form, it will not irritate the GI tract and this is AWESOME news because Iron infusions are $CoStLY$ (Approximate cost for just 1 - 30 min infusion amounts to say $580. $600.- or close to that amount PER infusion. $400 for just the iron alone is just wrong, so if I can find an effective and reasonable priced way of addressing this bitch called anemia, I will jump on the chance to try it out.
Has anyone ever tried something like this in any mineral form? If so, I'd like to get your input.
Once I located a reputable source of Nanoparticle Iron, I will post the manufacturer and the effects of taking this type of iron.


Friday, August 05, 2011

Texas Lawsuit Against Abbott - Claiming Humira-Induced Leukemia In Young Patient. Do The Benefits Outweigh The Side Effects With This Med?

Article about 11 year old boy who was diagnosed with T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia after taking the drug Humira for psoriasis, a skin condition. Lawsuit filed in Texas against Abbott Labs.
What do people think about in regards to the conditions that the drug Humira treats vs the possible life-threatening side-effects Humira causes? What's worse: (disease being treated, such as) arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, crohn's disease, plaque psoriasis OR (Humira side-effects like...) cancer, possible serious allergic reactions, Hepatitis B virus reactivation, nervous system problems, serious infections, heart failure, blood issues and certain immune reactions? Just wondering what other people's take is on this. For me, I'd rather have Crohn's than Cancer. Even although Crohn's Disease is extremely painful and debilitating, so is cancer. When people choose to say "Yes" to a treatment like Humira or Remicade, do the people have all the knowledge (good & bad) about the medication to make the right decision on which treatment option is the best and healthiest for them?
I feel like most patient's leave it up to their doctor's to make that decision and put too much trust in them. People hear "this medication works and will get rid of your symptoms" from their doctors and automatically jump on the Humira Train/Remicade Bus ect.
Despite what our doctor says, we need to do adequate research so we can know what's necessary about the treatment we agree to. Just my personal opinion.

Perdue Kidd & Vickery Files Lawsuit Against Abbott Laboratories for Inadequate Leukemia and Cancer Warning

Drug Humira Blamed for Boy's Leukemia Diagnosis
DALLAS, July 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Humira defect lawyers filed a lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories in Texas state court claiming Abbott's blockbuster drug, Humira, caused a life-threatening disease, leukemia.
"Eleven year-old Bo Anderson was prescribed Humira for a skin condition, psoriasis. After taking the drug for approximately ten months, Bo's parents noticed unusual bruising covering his body while on a family vacation," says drug defect attorney Andy Vickery.
"Bo immediately underwent various tests and was diagnosed with T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia; a dangerous side effect Abbott Laboratories knew could affect Humira users but failed to warn them about."
Vickery says because of the Humira-induced leukemia, Bo now must continue to undergo intense treatment that could potentially cause long-term and serious side effects, and could possibly develop secondary cancers as he matures.
Prior to the launch of Humira in 2003, other similar drugs had been linked to lymphoma and other forms of cancer, and clinical trial data suggested that there was a very significant epidemiological "signal" about the risk. Once Humira was launched, many adverse event reports were submitted regarding cancers, however Abbott did nothing to warn about this. Bo was diagnosed with Leukemia on January 8, 2009, over seven months after the FDA said that physicians and patients should be warned about this side effect, and nearly ten months before a Black Box warning was finally issued regarding Humira-induced leukemia in pediatric and adolescent patients.
Humira (Adalimumab) is a class of biologic drugs known as TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor) blockers. It works by blocking naturally occurring proteins that cause inflammation. However, research has shown that taking drugs like Humira can compromise the immune system and can have a devastating and even deadly effect resulting in serious infections, cancer, allergic reactions, Hepatitis B virus reactivation, nervous system problems, heart failure, blood issues and certain immune reactions. Humira is used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, crohn's disease, and plaque psoriasis. With 2010 sales of $6.5 billion, Humira is Abbott's flagship drug.
Perdue Kidd & Vickery is a national law firm of Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyers. The law practice is based in Houston, TX. Further information is available at View an educational video about Humira fungal infections.
SOURCE Perdue Kidd & Vickery