Eli Lilly and Co. spent $248.7 million advertising erectile-dysfunction drug Cialis to consumers last year to lead a list of the most-advertised branded prescription drugs, followed by Pfizer's $228.9 million in spending on ads for the fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy drug Lyrica. Overall, Pfizer spent about $1 billion on its drugs in the top 10, and the industry spent $3.4 billion, according to Nielsen.
A new study in the journal Diabetes Care using ultrasound has found that decompression of the tibial nerve did not reduce its cross-sectional area in patients with painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. "We're not suggesting that decompression isn't worthwhile, only that we didn't find an effect of surgery on CSA using ultrasound," said study coauthor Marita Schouten. The authors plan a second paper on clinical outcomes such as relief from pain and tingling.
A study presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists annual meeting found diabetes patients with neuropathy showed worse electrochemical skin conductance, as measured by the FDA-approved Sudoscan test, than those who did not have neuropathy. Researchers said the test may be useful for early diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy and for evaluation of responses to therapeutic interventions.
Cornell University researchers found that women in their third trimester of pregnancy who consumed 930 milligrams of choline daily had babies with a 33% lower cortisol concentration than those who consumed 430 milligrams. Extra choline consumption during pregnancy could lower the child's odds of developing stress-related conditions such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension into adulthood, one researcher said. The findings appear in The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
NeuroMetrix has partnered with Nipro to sell its NC-stat blood test designed to diagnose diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The firms plan to unveil the point-of-care test at the American Diabetes Association's annual conference later this month.