alternative drug

alternative drug

Any substance that is not FDA-approved for a particular indication, which may be self-prescribed based on a belief that the agent may have some positive effect, often for a dread disease (e.g., AIDS, cancer) for which the therapeutic options are regarded as inadequate.
 
Alternative drugs for AIDS
St John’s wort (extract containing hypericin), egg lipids (AL-721), DHEA, dextran sulfate, IFN alpha, N-acetylcysteine.
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Macrolide-ketolide inhibition of MLS resistant ribosomes is improved by alternative drug interaction with domain II of 23S rRNA.
Butler also is reconsidering his original plan to rebuild his immune system with Laetrile, an alternative drug that he once ruled out.
Their growth in popularity has been due to their being promoted as an alternative drug class that exhibits clinical effects similar to benzodiazepines but with less potential to cause side effects such as residual daytime sedation and rebound insomnia.
Use of a simple, saliva swab test performed by nurses at the bedside on half of the patients allowed doctors to almost instantly identify those with the genetic variant, known as CYP2C19*2, which puts them at risk of reacting poorly to standard anti-platelet drug therapy, and administer an alternative drug.
Edinburgh University's Prof Keith Fox said: "An alternative drug for patients with irregular heartbeats is just as effective while also easier to prescribe and take.
Rofe has been strongly critical of the board and management of the company, which spun off from Bentley Pharmaceuticals in the summer of 2008 to develop alternative drug delivery systems.
Sir John said it would be prudent to stock the alternative drug Relenza after concerns were raised over a possible strain of the virus becoming resistant to tamiflu.
In an ideal world, we would have preconception counseling and would be thinking of an alternative drug several years before pregnancy occurs.
The Scots pair made a full recovery after being treated with an alternative drug, Relenza.
Bentley, which sells generic drugs and develops alternative drug delivery systems, mainly markets its products through its Spanish office, though it attributes its rapid expansion to other European sales.
The attack came at a Commons meeting which heard that only 10pc of criminals spared jail finish alternative drug treatment programmes.
The rest decided to stop receiving their assigned antidepressant, although most of these volunteers agreed to give the alternative drug a try.

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