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New breast cancer Rx gets green light

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new medication to treat breast cancer.

This new approval is called Enhertu (fam-trastuzumab deruxtecan-nxki).

The FDA approved Enhertu to treat adults with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive breast cancer that cannot be removed with surgery or has spread to other parts of the body.

HER2-positive breast cancer is aggressive and accounts for an estimated 20 percent of breast cancers, according to the FDA.


Mercy Health-Home Health named a top agency

2019 ABILITY HomeCare Elite

Home Health Lima was named a Top Agency of the 2019 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. 

For 14 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of Medicare-certified agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

The ranking is developed by ABILITY Network, a leading information technology company helping providers and payers simplify the administrative and clinical complexities of healthcare. It is sponsored by DecisionHealth, part of the H3.Group.


You have the flu — now what?

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
Flu season is here, and that means you or a loved one might have been diagnosed with the flu.

Can the Flu Be Treated?

Yes — the flu can be treated with antiviral medications.

Antivirals are medications that fight the flu in your body. These medications are not sold over the counter. They require a prescription from your doctor.

Antivirals are different from antibiotics because antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections — not viral infections.


Simple steps to teach kids to brush their teeth

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
As an adult, brushing your teeth is something you could probably do with your eyes closed. But for kids, this twice-daily task isn't so simple.

Children don't automatically know how to brush their teeth or how long or how often to do so. Fortunately, you can help your kids understand exactly how to keep their teeth in mint condition. For information on teaching and motivating children to brush their teeth and common mistakes to avoid, keep reading.


FDA approves generics of multiple sclerosis Rx

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved generic versions of Gilenya, a multiple sclerosis (MS) medication.

Gilenya (fingolimod) is used to treat adults with relapsing forms of MS. This medication is available in capsule form. The FDA initially approved this drug in 2010, but it has only been available as a brand-name medication — until now.

This month, the FDA approved three applications for generic Gilenya. A generic version means a more affordable treatment option.


Top nine items to keep in your medicine cabinet

Note: this article is provided by ONU Healthwise Pharmacy.
Here are nine products to consider stocking in your medicine cabinet to keep yourself and your family healthy.

1. Pain and fever reducer

If you have pain or a fever, having acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) in your medicine cabinet is important.

When taking these medications, do not exceed the recommended daily amounts. Taking more than recommended can be harmful.