FDA-Approved Treatment for Nocturia Due to Nocturnal Polyuria Launched

Noctiva was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2017 based on findings from two 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials (N=1045) in patients with nocturia due to nocturnal polyuria.

FDA Approves Myrbetriq Combo Treatment for Overactive Bladder

In clinical trials, the combination of Myrbetriq + solifenacin succinate was associated with greater improvements in the number of incontinence episodes per 24 hours (primary endpoint), the number of micturations per 24 hours (primary endpoint), and the volume voided per micturation (secondary endpoint) compared to placebo or to individual active components.

Anticholinergic Drug Use and Dementia: What's the Link?

A total of 14,453 (35%) cases and 86,403 (30%) controls were prescribed at least 1 anticholingeric drug with an Anticholinergic Cognitive Burden (ACB) score of 3; 1429 (3.5%) cases and 7909 (2.8%) controls were prescribed drugs with an ACB score of 2; most patients (89% of cases and 87% of controls) received a drug with an ACB score of 1 during the drug exposure period (DEP).

FDA Warns Against Unapproved Meds Advertised on Radio Stations

The manufacturers on the blister packs of these drugs show Acme Generics and Sun Pharma. The FDA also expressed concern that the seller may be distributing unapproved tadalafil, the generic version of Cialis

CDC: Acute Kidney Injury Hospitalization Rates Examined in the U.S.

For the report, AKI was defined as the occurrence of at least 1 diagnostic code 584 (acute renal failure) or the occurrence of at least 1 procedure code of 39.95 (hemodialysis) or 54.98 (peritoneal dialysis).

Balanced Crystalloids May Cut Kidney Complications Compared With Saline

The results showed no difference in the number of hospital-free days between either group but the balanced crystalloids group had a lower incidence of major adverse kidney events ≤30 days vs the saline group.

Statin Use May Protect Against Kidney Stone Formation

For this study, researchers aimed to determine the impact of statin use on the risk of nephrolithiasis and to assess whether higher lipid levels were associated with the risk of stone formation.

Nymox Plans to Submit NDA for Novel Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Treatment

Fexapotide triflutate 2.5 mg was found to be safe and effective for long-term treatment of BPH.

FDA Clears UriVarx Test Strips for UTI Detection

The supplements are intended to reduce urinary urgency, accidents, and day/night frequency in patients with overactive bladder and urinary infections.

Antiretroviral Combination Linked to Increased CKD Risk

The risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) may be increased in patients living with HIV receiving tenofovir (TDF) with a ritonavir-boosted protease inhibitor compared to those who receive TDF with a non-nucleosidic reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI)

Uric Acid-Lowering Therapy May Improve Renal Outcomes in CKD Patients

Uric acid-lowering therapy might improve kidney outcomes, including kidney failure events, proteinuria, and the rate of change in eGFR, and seem to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events in adults with CKD.

Nutritional Interventions Could Benefit Chronic Kidney Disease

Dietary interventions may be used for conservative uremia management and to delay or prevent dialysis therapy, say the authors of the review.

Biomarkers ID'd That May Enhance Prediction of Renal Function Decline

The researchers found in an eGFR trajectory analysis that 10.1% of participants were rapid decliners, with a mean decrease of 2.9 mL/min/1.73 m²/year.

Novel lgA Nephropathy Tx Gains Orphan Drug Status

Phase 2 trials have shown to be associated with reductions in urine protein levels following treatment with OMS721 in patients with lgA nephropathy.

Vaccine for Recurrent UTI Granted Fast Track Designation

The vaccine consists of the FimH bacterial adhesion protein as well as a new adjuvant designed to induce an immune response to prevent bacterial colonization of the urinary tract.

Astellas Seeks Approval for Overactive Bladder Combo Therapy

"We look forward to FDA's review of our application for a potential new treatment option for the millions of people living with OAB," said Bernhardt Zeiher, MD, president of Development at Astellas.

Empagliflozin to Be Investigated in Chronic Kidney Disease

In addition, the companies are conducting other mechanistic studies that will evaluate the potential mechanisms by which empagliflozin may affect renal outcomes in patients with CKD.

Does Antioxidant Supplementation Slow Diabetic Kidney Disease Progression?

Since oxidative stress is known to worsen DKD, study authors sought to review available data on the possible benefits of chronic antioxidant supplementation on DKD progression.

Sildenafil, Tadalafil Found in Herbal Coffee Supplement

These undeclared ingredients may interact with nitrates contained in some prescription medications (eg, nitroglycerin), and may decrease blood pressure to dangerous levels.

AZO Line Expands with New Bladder Control Supplement

The supplement contains pumpkin seed and soy germ extract, and Synetrim CQ, a botanical that further promotes bladder control by aiding metabolic health and managing weight.

PDE5 Inhibitors and Melanoma: What's the Risk?

The association between melanoma among PDE5i users was only statistically significant for male patients with low PDE5i exposure and with low-stage melanoma.

E-Cigarette Use May Up Bladder Cancer Risk

The researchers believe that based on their findings, e-cigarette smokers may be at increased risk for bladder cancer.

AUA 'Choosing Wisely' List IDs Unnecessary Tests, Treatments

The 2017 AUA list contains evidence-based recommendations to guide conversations between physicians and patients about what care is appropriate.

FDA Grants Vonapanitase Breakthrough Therapy Status for Hemodialysis Use

A second Phase 3 trial for vonapanitase in hemodialysis patients, PATENCY-2, is currently ongoing and is expected to complete enrollment in the first quarter of 2018.

Italian-Style Coffee Consumption May Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk

Nearly 7,000 Italian men participating in the Moli-sani epidemiological study aged ≥50 years were monitored for an average of 4.25 years.

Dietary Intervention Outcomes Examined in Chronic Kidney Disease

Based on these studies, it would appear that dietary changes could prevent 1 in every 3,000 people treated for 1 year avoid ESKD, however the certainty in this effect was very low.

Veltassa Efficacy Assessed When Taken Without Food

Results showed that 87.3% of the Veltassa plus food group and 82.5% of the Veltassa and no food group achieved and maintained potassium levels in the target range.

USPSTF Drafts Prostate CA Screening Recommendations

The USPSTF performed a systematic review of the existing evidence and concluded that the potential benefits and harms of prostate-specific antigen (PSA)-based screening are "closely balanced" in men aged 55-69 years.

Environmental Toxins Linked to Multiple Diseases, Early Puberty

These studies identified links to increased risks of thyroid, testicular and breast cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and even the early onset of puberty for boys, which can lead to diseases in adulthood.

Overactive Bladder Tx Tied to Depression in Women

The researchers hypothesized that some antimuscarinics with "high lipophilicity, neutral polarity, or low molecular size still cross the blood-brain barrier and further affect neurotransmission in the brain," which could possibly trigger the depressive symptoms.

Concerns Raised Over Commonly Prescribed OAB Drug

Among elderly patients, oxybutynin was frequently prescribed and continued; incidence, 27.3%; prevalence, 33.2%.

Suicidality, Depression Risk with BPH Drugs Examined

The data showed adult males who used 5 alpha-reductase inhibitors did not exhibit a significantly increased risk of suicide, however the risk of self-harm did increase.

Smartphone App Can Measure Male Fertility with 98% Accuracy

All current home use fertility devices measure sperm concentration only but not motility

Orphan Drug Status Granted for C3 Glomerulopathy Treatment

Patients with C3G experience progressive deterioration in renal function, ultimately leading to renal failure requiring dialysis and kidney transplant, if left untreated.

Adjunctive Therapy for Kidney Stone Management No Longer in Shortage

Acetohydroxamic acid, which has proven a successful antibiotic treatment of urea-splitting Proteus infections after surgical removal of struvite stones, was in shortage since July 2014.

Alopecia, BPH Treatments Linked to PED

Among those who developed PED, the condition continued for months or years, despite patients stopping treatment.

Clinicians Required to Register Patients Due to Nulojix Shortage

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a shortage in the supply of Nulojix (belatacept; Bristol-Myers Squibb) due to an increase in demand for the drug exacerbated by a delay in transition to a more efficient manufacturing process.

Noctiva Approved for Nocturia Due to Nocturnal Polyuria

The approval was based on two 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials that included 1,045 patients 50 years of age and older with nocturia due to nocturnal polyuria.

Edex Recalled Due to Defect that May Impact Sterility

A voluntary recall of the erectile dysfunction treatment, Edex (alprostadil for injection) was announced due to a defect in the crimp caps used in the manufacturing of the product lot.

Carbavance Gets Priority Review for Complicated UTI

The study met the pre-specified primary endpoints and showed that treatment with Carbavance is associated with an overall success rate of 98.4%.

First-in-Class Treatment Shows Promise in Hyperphosphatemia Trial

The trial demonstrated a statistically significant difference in serum phosphorus levels for the tenapanor group over the placebo group.

Wide Range of Albumin Results Among the Various Measuring Methods

Significant differences are seen for immunochemical, bromcresol green (BCG), and bromcresol purple (BCP) methods of albumin measurement, according to a study published online in Clinical Chemistry.

FDA to Review New Film Formulation of Erectile Dysfunction Drug

The FDA has accepted for review the New Drug Application (NDA) for Tadalafil Oral Soluble Film (Tadalafil OSF; MonoSol Rx) for the treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED).

Can Skin Sodium ID Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in CKD

For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), skin sodium content is associated with left ventricular mass, according to a study published online February 2 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

New Skin Protectant Available to Prevent Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis

3M announced the launch of Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant for the prevention of moderate to severe incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD).

Vitamin D Intake and Kidney Stone Risk Examined

There is no statistically significant correlation between typical vitamin D intake and incident kidney stones, according to a study published in the February issue of The Journal of Urology.

Healthy Diet May Cut Premature Mortality Risk in CKD Patients

For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a diet that stresses healthy food vs. individual ingredients may help reduce the risk of early death, a study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology has found.

FDA Committee Votes in Favor of Nocturia Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bone, Reproductive and Urologic Drugs Advisory Committee voted 14-4 in favor of the benefit risk profile of the New Drug Application (NDA) for SER120 (desmopressin nasal spray; Allergan and Serenity). In addition, the Committee voted 17-1 regarding the evidence in favor of at least one of the doses being effective.

Sensum+ Cream Launched to Improve Penile Sensitivity

Innovus Pharma announced the launch of Sensum+, an over-the-counter (OTC) cream to increase penile sensitivity.

Advanced Glycation End Products and Renal Function Loss, What's the Link?

AGEs improve RFL prediction in American-Indians with type 2 diabetes

Reducing Outcomes Beyond Stroke May Be Warranted in A-Fib Patients

Atrial fibrillation is associated with a wider range of conditions than previously believed, according to a review and meta-analysis published online in The BMJ.

FDA: Natural Herb Coffee Found to Contain Undeclared Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to buy or use Kopi Jantan Traditional Natural Herbs Coffee.

Fexapotide vs. Conventional BPH Treatments Evaluated in Crossover Study

Nymox announced positive data from the Phase 3 study of fexapotide for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and localized prostate cancer.

Long-Term OnabotulinumtoxinA Evaluated for Overactive Bladder

OnabotulinumtoxinA treatment is safe and effective for long-term treatment of overactive bladder syndrome, according to a study published in the September issue of The Journal of Urology.

AUA: Updated Guidance on Treating Kidney Stones

The American Urologic Association has issued a new guideline for the surgical management of patients with kidney and/or ureteral stones, containing over 50 statements on best practices.

Study Examines Laxative Efficacy Post-Urogynecologic Surgery

For women undergoing urogynecologic surgery, addition of polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG3350) to docusate sodium does not reduce the time to first bowel movement, according to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Study Finds Vaginal Mesh Complications Tied to Proinflammatory Response

Women with vaginal mesh with complications have a significantly increased proinflammatory response, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Vasopressin: An Effective First-Line Option for Septic Shock?

In adults with septic shock, early vasopressin use vs. norepinephrine did not improve the number of kidney failure-free days, a study in JAMA concluded.

Cardioprotective Effects of PDE5is Investigated in Men with T2DM

A significant reduction in all-cause mortality risk was seen in men with type 2 diabetes who were taking phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors (PDE5is).

Should Functional Impairment in Seniors With CKD Be Routinely Assessed?

Older adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a considerable burden of functional impairment, according to research published online in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

FDA Approves OTC Device to Help with Urinary Incontinence

Analytica announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved PeriCoach at-home pelvic floor trainer device and smartphone app as an over-the-counter (OTC) treatment for mild, moderate, and stress urinary incontinence (UI) and urge incontinence.

Which Drug Combos Up Risk of Acute Kidney Injury?

Researchers conducted a literature review to assess current evidence of drug class combinations and their association with the development of acute kidney injury (AKI).

Melanoma Risk with PDE5 Inhibitors Likely Due to Sun, Not Side Effect

The small apparent increase in risk of melanoma in men prescribed phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors may be explained by greater sun exposure, according to new research published online in PLOS Medicine.

FDA Strengthens Renal Injury Warnings for Some Diabetes Meds

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is strengthening the current warning about the risk of acute kidney injury for drug products containing canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR).

Do SSRI/SNRIs Affect Nighttime Urinary Frequency?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and selective noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) do not appear to significantly impact nocturnal urinary frequency, researchers from Albany Medical College, Albany, NY, reported.

Long-Acting Testosterone Improves Sexual Function in Men with T2DM

For males with mild hypogonadism, only scores in sexual desire showed significant improvement

Recombinant Human Alkaline Phosphatase Fast Tracked for AKI

AM-Pharma announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track designation to recAP (recombinant human Alkaline Phosphatase) for the treatment of acute kidney injury (AKI).

How Does Coffee, Tea Consumption Impact Estimated GFR?

Consuming multiple cups of coffee a day is likely to be safe for the kidneys in the general population, and is associated with an increase in estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), according to findings of a study from the Netherlands.

Herbal Remedies May be "Global Health Hazard," Commentary Suggests

In a commentary published in EMBO reports, study authors present data showing that herbals containing Aristolochia species can cause aristolochic acid nephropathy (AAN).

Triferic Powder Packets Approved for Iron Replacement in Hemodialysis Patients

Rockwell Medical announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Triferic (ferric pyrophosphate citrate) powder packet for the replacement of iron to maintain hemoglobin in adult patients with hemodialysis-dependent chronic kidney disease (CKD).

HPV Vaccine May Not Be as Effective in Kidney Transplant Patients

Administration of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine led to sustained immune response in girls and young women with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and in those on dialysis but led to an inadequate response in those with a kidney transplant.

AKI Incidence Compared in Vancomycin Combo Therapies

No significant difference was seen in the incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) development or other outcomes between patients who received vancomycin + piperacillin-tazobactam vs. vancomcyin + cefepime.

What Effect Do Statins Have on Kidney Disease Outcomes?

Statin use did not reduce the risk for kidney failure events in adults not receiving dialysis but may modestly reduce proteinuria and rate of estimated GFR (eGFR) decline, a study published in American Journal of Kidney Disease has reported.

You May Be Required to Get a Permission Slip from a Spouse Before Writing This Rx in Kentucky

A newly proposed bill by a Kentucky legislator requires men to get signed consent from their spouses and visit a doctor twice prior to receiving drugs for erectile dysfunction (ED).

Recall: Impurities Detected in Drug Used to Treat CKD Patients

Teva announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Paricalcitol 1mcg capsules, the generic version of AbbVie's Zemplar.

Food Reference App Helps Patients Choose Bladder-Friendly Foods

An app produced by the Interstitial Cystitis Network (ICN) may bring some relief to patients with urinary disorders looking to avoid foods that may provoke the pain and discomfort of their condition.

Higher Rate of Kidney Failure Seen With Two Common Antibiotics

Researchers found a link between increased risk of kidney damage and two common antibiotics, vancomycin and piperacillin-tazobactam.

Unapproved Antidepressant Found in Dietary Supplement Capsules

National Video Supply announced a voluntary recall of all lots of RHINO 7 3000 Platinum Capsules after an analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found these products contain two undeclared ingredients.

Overactive Bladder Drug to Be Discontinued

The decision to discontinue the product is business-related and not due to product safety or efficacy.

Botox for OAB: New Long-Term Results on Safety, Efficacy

llergan announced results from an extension study of two Phase 3 trials on the long-term safety and efficacy of Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) in female patients with overactive bladder (OAB) with symptoms of urge urinary incontinence.

Calcium Supplements May Worsen Kidney Stones

Although greater consumption of dietary calcium may lower the risk of kidney stone recurrence, research presented at the American Society of Nephrology's (ASN) Kidney Week 2015 in San Diego, suggests that calcium supplementation could actually increase this risk.

First Data on Long-Term Testosterone Tx, Risk of High Grade Prostate Cancer

The first population-based study on high grade prostate cancer and long-term exposure to testosterone therapy reported no increased risk with exposure to this treatment, nor a dose-dependent relationship between prostate cancer risk and testosterone therapy.

For Genitourinary Menopausal Symptoms, Method of Tx Matters for Adherence

Research presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) supports previous findings that use of local estrogens for genitourinary symptoms of menopause (vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and urinary tract infections) are underutilized, but the study also reports that method of local treatment can impact treatment duration and adherence to therapeutic guidelines.

New Contraindication for PDE-5 Inhibitors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE-5) inhibitors regarding a new contraindication with guanylate cyclase stimulators, such as riociguat.

Sodium, Potassium Intake May Affect CKD Progression

Too much sodium and potassium intake may accelerate the progression of kidney disease, a recently published study has shown.

Over 25 Weight Loss, Sex Enhancement Supplements Withdrawn

The One Minute Miracle, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of all lots of Miracle Diet 30 and Miracle Rock 48 capsules.

Biologic Tx BLA Accepted for Bladder Cancer

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for filing the Biologics License Application (BLA) for MCNA (Telesta) as a therapeutic alternative to surgery in high risk non-muscle invasive bladder cancer patients who are refractory to or relapsing from front line therapy.

Sexual Side Effects of BPH Drugs May Last in Tx

A review in the journal Endocrine Reviews and Metabolic Disorders reports that greater education and awareness of the potential risks associated with two treatments for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) is needed among both patients and clinicians, along with additional research exploring these reported adverse effects.

Myrbetriq Gains New Contraindication, Warning

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved changes to the Myrbetriq (mirabegron; Astellas Pharma) label to include a new contraindication and a new update to the Warnings and Precautions section.

Tainted Weight Loss, Men's Vitality Supplements Recalled

Blue Square Market, Inc. announced voluntary recalls of Kaboom Action Strips and LiDa DaiDaiHua due to the presence of undeclared active ingredients.

Tamsulosin May Help with Some, But Not All, Kidney Stones

Tamsulosin was found to improve passage of larger, but not smaller, kidney stones compared to placebo, according to a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Added Phosphates in Food Could Harm the Kidneys

Phosphates artificially added to foods like dairy and cereal products have been associated with sharp increases in blood phosphorous levels that could be harmful to the kidneys, particularly for patients with existing reduced kidney function.

Novel Oral Susp Found Effective in Treating Hyperkalemia

Patiromer oral suspension, an investigational drug, was found to reduce elevated potassium levels in patients with chronic diabetic kidney disease in a study published in JAMA.

Testosterone Tx for Ejaculatory Disorders: First Clinical Trial Results

Testosterone replacement therapy did not improve sexual function males with ejaculatory disorders and low testosterone levels, data from a new study showed.

New Pelvic Muscle Training Device Available for Urinary Incontinence

The PeriCoach System is now available to strength and tone pelvic muscles in women with urinary incontinence following its approval in March 2015.

New Insight on ED Drugs-Melanoma Risk Link

Patients taking medications for erectile dysfunction may have an increased risk of melanoma, but these drugs are not a cause of melanoma, researchers concluded.

Female Sexual Dysfunction May Be Linked to Resting Heart Rate

A women's low resting heart rate variability may be associated with sexual dysfunction, a study published in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback has shown.

Significant ED Worsening Seen With BPH Drug

Men treated for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) with the type II 5 alpha-reductase inhibitor finasteride could be significantly more likely to experience erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to those taking the alpha-1A blocker tamsulosin.

AUA Discusses Antimicrobials, PSA Testing in New Choosing Wisely Recommendations

The American Urological Association (AUA) has issued a new list of recommendations as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Why Children With CKD May Need More Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplementation could help children with mild-to-moderate chronic kidney disease (CKD) in reducing the risk of renal failure progression, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN).