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Hormone, Prempro, Premarin News Updates
UN Classifies Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as “Carcinogenic"

Hormones May Not Alleviate Menopause Symptoms

Woman sues companies over cancer

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U.N. Classifies Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) as “Carcinogenic”
After years of research, analysis, and debate, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the U.N.’s cancer research agency, has reclassified HRT from “possibly carcinogenic” to “carcinogenic.”

The panel of 21 scientists concluded that the evidence from several recent studies was consistent and reliable enough to link HRT to breast cancer thereby fully justifying the reclassification."
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Hormones May Not Alleviate Menopause Symptoms, Mac NewsWorld
"Judy Smith says she had five years without hot flashes while participating in a study of hormone supplements. But she quit taking them after results showed the pills could cause more harm than good. The symptoms returned for Smith -- and many other participants in a new survey, suggesting the pills might postpone but not prevent menopausal symptoms.

The survey, which appears in today's Journal of the American Medical Association, also found that menopause symptoms can last longer than many women thought. More than one-third of women who reported symptoms after stopping the study pills were in their 60s and 70s -- at least 10 years older than the average age of menopause."
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Hormone therapy changing
"Women everywhere are learning and talking about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

Since 2002, when the Women's Health Initiative trial demonstrated increased health risks for the women taking Prempro, a combination of Premarin and Provera, for more than four years, many women have been advised or otherwise decided to stop taking the estrogen/progestin prescriptions they had been using, or have decided not to start similar hormone therapy. These women may be suffering from symptoms of hormone deficiency. Some may have been advised to resume the hormone therapy, perhaps at a lower dose. Most are still uncertain about what they should do to feel better, yet still be as safe as possible from the adverse events."
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Woman sues companies over cancer, Alleges hormone medication
A Bullock County woman filed a lawsuit June 3 against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals of New Jersey and Qualitest Pharmaceuticals of Alabama for allegedly causing her to develop breast cancer by falsely promoting hormone therapy medication.

Barbara Graham began taking the hormone therapy drugs Premarin, Prempro and Medroxyprogesterone Acetate (MPA) in the mid-1990s to treat menopausal symptoms.

“The FDA did not intend for these drugs to be marked for long term use," Meadows said. "They were intended only for severe menopausal symptoms."
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Hormone replacement therapy study halted, CNN.com
"In a move that may affect millions of women, U.S. government scientists Tuesday stopped a major study of hormone replacement therapy on the risks and benefits of combined estrogen and progestin in healthy menopausal women, citing an increased risk of invasive breast cancer.  Researchers from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health also found increases in coronary heart disease, stroke and pulmonary embolism."
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HRT study cancelled over cancer, SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society |

Now, More Hormone Questions, WashingtonPost.com

Medication Safety Alert, Institute for Safe Medication Practices, ISMP

 

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