U.S. FDA approves Pfizer drug for menopause symptoms

Thu Oct 3, 2013 2:47pm EDT

People walk past the Pfizer Inc. headquarters in New York, January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

People walk past the Pfizer Inc. headquarters in New York, January 31, 2013.

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(Reuters) - U.S. health regulators approved Pfizer Inc's menopause drug Duavee, which the company hopes will reduce hot flashes with fewer side effects than older hormone-replacement therapies.

The Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday it approved the drug to treat women with moderate to severe menopause symptoms and to prevent post-menopausal osteoporosis, a bone disease which can increase the risk of fractures.

The drug, which Pfizer is developing with Ligand Pharmaceuticals Inc, combines bazedoxifene - which belongs to a class of drugs known as selective estrogen receptor modulators, or SERMS - and conjugated estrogens, which are derived from the urine of pregnant horses and contained in Pfizer's menopause drug Premarin.

(Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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Holyhormones wrote:
It astonishes me that Premarin in any formulation is still available on the market — The rationale that Premarin is a “natural hormone” is absurd, it is only natural if your address is Churchill Downs. The WHI Study in 2002, which used Premarin, was halted early because of the health problems and increased deaths it caused. I agree with the bioidentical hormone specialist who stated that any woman who knowingly puts Premarin/Prempro into her body does not care about her health, or that of the horses that live a tortured existence to provide pee in a pill/cream. There are better, safer alternatives out there, but the pharmaceutical companies want you to ignore that fact and take their toxic, unhealthy drugs instead. For more information on the mistreatment of PMU horses, please check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvvxKshjdLw. Best wishes to all for hormonal health.

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