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Approving the new female libido-boosting drug – Expert reaction

Laura Goodall posted in on June 10th, 2015.

An expert advisory panel for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has voted in favour of conditionally approving a drug designed to boost low sexual desire in women. What could this mean for New Zealand? While technically the FDA may not approve the drug, called flibanserin, it often follows the advice of its experts. […]

Kiwi diet pill claims – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on February 20th, 2015.

The company behind a new New Zealand weight loss product claim their latest clinical trial shows the pill works — but experts say more rigorous studies are needed to show it is actually effective. Satisfax, a blend of grape and kiwifruit extracts, was developed by Tuatara Natural Products as a weight loss aid which slows […]

Promising pill for kicking the smoking habit

Laura Goodall posted in on December 19th, 2014.

A low-cost quit-smoking pill is more effective than nicotine-replacement therapy, according to new research from the University of Auckland, published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. In a randomised trial, more than 1,300 participants, recruited via Quitline, were given either the drug cytisine or standard nicotine gum or lozenges. Forty per cent of smokers who took the cytisine pills […]

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