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Military pharmacy pulls Chantix from shelves

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK While the Federal Aviation Administration has banned pilots’ use of the anti-smoking drug Chantix, it remains available at a United States military hospital in Okinawa, Japan, the military newspaper Stars and Stripes reported in an article marked for Tuesday.

Officials at Yokota Air Base, however, have pulled it from the base’s pharmacy.

The restrictions on the drug’s use follow a report by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices linking the drug to seizures, psychosis, muscle spasms, vision disturbances and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

The Food and Drug Administration wants the drug’s maker, Pfizer, to put new safety labels on it.

Known generically as varenicline, Chantix had sales of $883 million in 2007, according to Pfizer financial data.

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Nascar, Tylenol create fake talk show

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK Tylenol and Nascar have started an advertising campaign based around a TV talk show-like commercial titled “The Feel Better Fast Show.”

The commercial features four Nascar drivers, such as Jeff Gordon and Kevin Harvick, taking calls from viewers and offering them advice.

Tylenol is the official pain reliever of Nascar. The Web site for the ad campaign is at www.feelbetterfasttv.com.

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High vitamin C levels may stave off diabetes

BY Alaric DeArment

NEW YORK A study published in the July 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine has found that lots of vitamin C in the diet may decrease the risk of Type 2 diabetes.

The study looked at 21,831 men and women aged 40 to 75 and found that those with the highest amounts of vitamin C in the blood were 62 percent less likely to develop the disease. The results did not change significantly when other issues related to diabetes risk—age, gender, alcohol use, weight and so forth—were not taken into account.

During the course of the study, which lasted for 12 years, 735 subjects developed Type 2 diabetes.

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