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"Combination Drug may work Better"


Source: CBC.CA

Published: 04 Apr 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (4 stars)

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

n experimental combination of migraine medications may offer faster, longer-lasting relief of symptoms than using either drug on its own, a new study suggests.

Migraines are severe throbbing headaches that can cause vomiting, nausea and a sensitivity to light, sound and smells. No one knows what causes migraines, which affect an estimated 3.5 million Canadians.

In Wednesday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers compared a new combination pill that includes sumatriptan (brand name Imitrex) and naproxen sodium (Anaprox) to either drug alone and to a placebo....

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how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 7 of 9
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Applicable
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Not Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

what we said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

Overall this story is a reasonably good summary of a trial of a new combination product this is being tested for use in migraine headaches. The reporter explains the nature of the trial (randomized, double blind), the relevant outcomes with numbers and also highlights the fact that the study was paid for by the companies that make the drugs in question.

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