Items Tagged ‘A’

June 8th, 2016

Atezolizumab

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Class: Biological Therapy Generic Name: Atezolizumab Trade Name: Tecentriq™ How is this drug used? Tecentriq is approved for patients with advanced urothelial carcinoma (bladder cancer) whose disease has progressed during or following therapy with a platinum agent. What is the mechanism of action? Tecentriq is an agent that creates its anti-cancer effects by blocking a specific protein, PD-L1, that is […]

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January 14th, 2016

Alecensa®

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Class: Biological Therapy Generic Name: alectinib Trade Name: Alecensa® For which conditions is this drug approved? Alecensa is approved to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has a mutation in the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene and has spread to other parts of the body. Alecensa is also approved for patients who have […]

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January 14th, 2016

alectinib

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Class: Biological Therapy Generic Name: alectinib Trade Name: Alecensa® For which conditions is this drug approved? Alecensa is approved to treat patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) that has a mutation in the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene and has spread to other parts of the body. Alecensa is also approved for patients who have […]

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January 12th, 2016

abatacept

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Class: Immunotherapy Generic Name: abatacept Trade Name: Orencia® For which conditions is this drug approved? Orencia is approved for use in adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This includes patients who have tried other medicines for RA that have not worked well enough. Orencia can be used alone or with other RA treatments, except […]

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December 16th, 2015

Adalimumab

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Class: Disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) Generic Name: Adalimumab Trade Name: Humira® For which conditions is this drug approved? Humira is approved to treat adults with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), alone or with methotrexate or with certain other medicines. Humira is also approved to treat psoriatic arthritis (alone or with certain other medicines), […]

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December 5th, 2015

Alkylating Agents

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Alkalytying agents are drugs used in the treatment of cancer. They work by interfering with the cell

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December 5th, 2015

Alkaline phosphatase

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Alkaline phosphatase is an enzyme made in the liver, bone, and the placenta and normally present in high concentrations in growing bone and in bile. Alkaline phosphatase enzyme is often elevated in the leukemic cells in chronic myelogenous leukemia. Abnormally high levels may also indicate disease in bone or liver, bile duct obstruction, or certain […]

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May 18th, 2015

axitinib

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Class: Biological Therapy Generic Name: axitinib Trade Name: Inlyta® For which conditions is this drug approved? Inlyta is approved for the treatment of advanced renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) when prior treatment hasn’t worked. What is the mechanism of action? Inlyta is a kinase inhibitor. These drugs work by blocking the action of enzymes called kinases, […]

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March 30th, 2015

Allogenic Transplant

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An allogeneic bone marrow transplant is a procedure in which a person receives blood-forming stem cells (cells from which all blood cells develop) from a genetically similar but not identical donor. This may also be called an allogeneic stem cell transplant.

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March 30th, 2015

Allopathic medicine

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Mainstream or modern medicine; based on principles proven through scientific research. Contrast with "alternative medicine."

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March 30th, 2015

Antibodies

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Proteins that are made by lymphocytes (a type of white blood cells) in response to foreign substances called antigens.

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March 30th, 2015

Anesthesiologist

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A doctor who uses drugs or gases (anesthetics) to put you to sleep or to make you comfortable during surgery.

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March 30th, 2015

Achlorhydria

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An abnormal condition characterized by the absence of hydrochloric acid in the gastric juice. Hydrochloric acid helps digest food.

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March 30th, 2015

Anesthetic

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A substance that causes lack of feeling or awareness.

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March 30th, 2015

Acute urinary retention

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A complete inability to urinate that requires immediate medical attention.

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