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#Tylenol #Motrin #HIV #vaccine #coughmedicine #Parkinsons

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>> Parents and hospitals search for common medicine

>> Experimental HIV vaccine halted

>> Cough medicine trial for brain disease

The Med & Mic™ 01.19.23

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Shortage Vexes Parents and Hospitals

A national shortage of children’s Tylenol and Motrin has parents searching small convenience stores, relying on neighbors, and reaching out on social media to acquire the medication. Hospitals, too, are having difficulty finding the products and have had to change ordering practices to get the medicine. Supplies have been stretched thin by the late 2022 surge in respiratory illnesses. (Source: WBUR, W. Wuthmann and V. Ochovillo, 1.18.23)

Experimental HIV vaccine halted

A late-stage clinical trial of an experimental HIV vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson has been stopped because it was no better than placebo at preventing infection. The international study enrolled 3,900 volunteers. A data and safety monitoring board found the number of new HIV infections were the same in those who received the vaccine and those who got placebo. The investigational shot targeted multiple HIV subtypes and was similar to J&J’s COVID vaccine. (Source: STAT News, H. Branswell, 1.18.23)

Cough Medicine Study for Parkinson’s

Researchers are launching a phase three clinical trial of ambroxol, an over-the-counter cough medicine used in more than 50 countries for over three decades, to see if it slows the progressions of Parkinson’s disease. Ambroxol is not FDA approved, however. The drug increases certain proteins in the brain that remove waste products, including alpha-synuclein, which is a marker of Parkinson’s disease. In the placebo-controlled study, 330 participants in the U.K. will take the medicine daily for two years. People with Parkinson’s disease have tremors, rigid muscles, slow movement, and poor balance. Cough medicine can cause sedation and could contribute to falls. (Source: Medical News Today, B. JoJack, 1.19.23)

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