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Business

Insomnia Drug Moves Closer to FDA Approval

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Suvorexant, Merck’s investigational medicine to treat insomnia, appears to be safe and effective, said the Peripheral and Central Nervous System Drugs Advisory Committee.

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Clinical

Zolpidem-related ER Visits Rise Sharply

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A new report shows that the number of emergency department visits involving adverse reactions to the sleep medication zolpidem rose nearly 220% from 6,111 visits in 2005 to 19,487 visits in 2010.

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Clinical

Drug Shows Promise in Regulating Respiratory Drive

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Galleon’s drugs work through a novel mechanism of action allowing creation of both oral and intravenous products for a variety of clinical uses including: post-surgical care of high-risk patients, chronic pain patients using opioids, and sleep apnea.

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New Clinical Data on Intermezzo Insomnia Drug

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Results of a four-week outpatient trial to be presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology may reveal potential gender differences in the drug’s effectiveness in treating insomnia.

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Clinical

Updated Labeling Adds New Contraindications to Xyrem

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Using the medication in conjunction with either alcohol or central nervous system depressant drugs can "markedly impair consciousness and may lead to severe breathing problems (respiratory depression)," according to the FDA.

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Clinical

Prescription Drugs and Sleep Aids May Hurt Sleep

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Some prescription medicines, as well as some prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids, can cause problems with sleep. The fix may be to adjust the type or dose of medication or seek sleep behavior therapy.

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Clinical

An Antidote for Hypersomnia

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Researchers at Emory University School of Medicine have discovered that dozens of adults with an elevated need for sleep have a substance in their cerebrospinal fluid that acts like a sleeping pill.

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