Rosanna Sutherby, PharmD

Dr. Rosanna Sutherby is a freelance medical writer and community pharmacist. She received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in 2001. She has been residing and practicing pharmacy in North Carolina since then.

Dr. Sutherby’s pharmacy practice has included patient education and medication management for various disease states, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, mental illness, asthma and pulmonary disease, and pain management. She is a certified immunizer and has worked with a pioneer team of COVID-19 vaccinators in North Carolina.

Dr. Sutherby’s published work spans a variety of topics, including cardiovascular health, sleep disorders, mental health, alcohol and opioid use disorders, vaccine education, and medication use and safety.

Gene Therapies for Hemophilia. Possibly Curative, Likely Ultraexpensive

Hemophilia is a rare, X-linked, hereditary bleeding disorder characterized by blood clotting factor deficiencies that affects mainly males. It results in excessive bleeding, particularly in the joints, soft tissues and muscles. The bleeding usually happens after internal or external trauma, but in rare cases, it occurs spontaneously. According to the CDC, up to 33,000 males in the United States live with hemophilia, but the condition can be fatal. Hemophilia is divided into subtypes, the two mos

Contrave and Price: Reducing Long-Term Drugs Costs and More

If you’re looking at options for weight management, you may want to learn more about Contrave. Contrave is a prescription drug that’s used with a balanced diet and exercise to help manage weight in adults who: • are overweight and have at least one weight-related condition, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol Contrave has two active ingredients: naltrexone and bupropion. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) This medication comes as an extended-release t

Cosentyx and Price: Reducing Long-Term Drug Costs and More

If you’re looking at treatment options for certain inflammatory conditions, you may want to learn more about Cosentyx (secukinumab). It’s a prescription drug that’s used to treat the following conditions in adults and some children: • arthritis related to enthesitis (inflammation in the areas of your bones where tendons and ligaments attach) Cosentyx is also used to treat the following conditions in adults: • inflammatory spondylarthritis that doesn’t show up on X-rays The active ingredient in C

Repatha Side Effects: What They Are and How to Manage Them

If you have certain heart conditions, your doctor might suggest Repatha as a treatment option. It’s a prescription drug used to: • lower levels of certain kinds of cholesterol in adults and some children with specific conditions • reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, or the need for certain heart surgeries in adults with heart disease If you and your doctor agree that Repatha is safe and effective for you, you’ll likely use it long term. The active ingredient in Repatha is evolocumab. (An

Pentasa Side Effects: What They Are and How to Manage Them

If you have ulcerative colitis (UC), your doctor might suggest Pentasa as a treatment option for you. It’s a prescription drug used to do the following in adults: Pentasa comes as an extended-release capsule that you swallow. It contains the active ingredient mesalamine. (An active ingredient is what makes a drug work.) If you and your doctor decide it’s safe and effective for you, you’ll likely take Pentasa long term. For more information about Pentasa, including details about its uses, see thi

Rapamune Side Effects and How to Manage Them

If you have a certain lung condition or are receiving a certain kind of organ transplant, your doctor might suggest that you take Rapamune. Rapamune is a prescription drug used for: • preventing kidney transplant rejection in adults and some children The active ingredient in Rapamune is sirolimus. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work. Rapamune comes in two forms: For more information about Rapamune, including details about its uses, see this in-depth article. Like other drugs, Rapamune

Anxiety, Depression, and Diabetes Higher in Older Males with Hemophilia; Cardiovascular Disease Lower

Anxiety, Depression, and Diabetes Higher in Older Males with Hemophilia; Cardiovascular Disease Lower Lack of blood clotting may afford some protection against common cardiovascular disease events, such as ischemic stroke. People living with hemophilia now can expect a longer lifespan than those who had the disease decades ago. Thanks to new advances in treatment, people with hemophilia now have an average life expectancy close to that of people without hemophilia. However, living into older a

Cipro Side Effects: What They Are and How to Manage Them

If you have an infection, your doctor might suggest Cipro as a treatment option for you. Cipro is a prescription drug used to treat certain bacterial infections in adults and children. These include urinary tract infections (UTIs), pneumonia, bone and joint infections, and many others. Doctors usually prescribe Cipro for short-term use. It’s available in two forms, both of which you take by mouth: • powder that a pharmacist will mix into a liquid suspension The active ingredient in Cipro is cipr

Augmentin Side Effects and How to Manage Them

If you have a certain kind of infection, your doctor might prescribe Augmentin as a treatment option for you. Augmentin is a prescription drug used to treat infections caused by certain kinds of bacteria in adults and children. Examples of these infections include: Augmentin has two active ingredients: amoxicillin and clavulanic potassium. An active ingredient is what makes a drug work. Augmentin belongs to a group of drugs called antibiotics. The drug comes in three forms, all of which you take

For Plaque Psoriasis Treatment, Abundance Gets More Company

Note: This story was updated on Aug. 19 People with plaque psoriasis have a number of treatment options: topical agents, phototherapy, oral treatments and biologics. And now drugmakers are vying to create even more. In front of the queue is Vtama (tapinarof) cream 1%, the first nonsteroidal topical agent approved to treat plaque psoriasis. Developed by Dermavant Sciences, a biotech company in Morristown, North Carolina, Vtama is a cream containing an aryl hydrocarbon receptor agonist. Aryl hyd

Inderal Side Effects: What They Are and How to Manage Them

If you have certain heart conditions or headaches, your doctor might suggest Inderal LA or Inderal XL as a treatment option for you. Inderal LA and Inderal XL are prescription drugs used to lower high blood pressure in adults. Inderal LA is also approved for the following uses in adults: • treatment of hypertrophic subaortic stenosis (a heart condition that affects blood flow through your heart) The active ingredient in Inderal LA and Inderal XL is propranolol. (An active ingredient is what make

Why Steroids Don’t Work in Severe Asthma Patients

Over 25 million people in the United States live with asthma, and up to 10 percent of these hve severe asthma, according to the American Lung Association. In most people with asthma, inhaled corticosteroids are effective as rescue and maintenance therapy in decreasing airway swelling and irritation. However, people with severe asthma fail to respond to inhaled corticosteroids. Until recently, the reasons behind this poor response had been a perplexing mystery. In a study published earlier this

Cost Effectiveness Analysis of Biomarkers for Guiding Asthma Treatment in Children

Current Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guideline for asthma management recommends periodic evaluation of airway inflammation to prevent hospitalization in people with asthma. Additionally, monitoring airway inflammation provides a valuable tool for predicting asthma exacerbations, which in turn aids in optimizing the use of biologics and corticosteroid treatments. Although various methods exist to conduct this assessment, noninvasive procedures tend to be more feasible in pediatric patient

American Academy of Family Physicians Awarded $31 Million for Comparative Asthma Treatment Study

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has approved an award for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) of $31 million to fund a large comparative study of asthma treatments. Penn State College of Medicine will partner with the AAFP, serving as the data coordinating center for the study. The Individualizing Treatment for Asthma in Primary Care (iTREAT-PC) study will enroll 3,200 adults and adolescents 12 to under 76 years of age who have asthma. The study will be con

Dosage of Eliquis: What to Know

This drug has boxed warnings, the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Risk of blood clots around the spine with certain procedures. For certain procedures, you may receive an injection into your spine or the area around your spinal cord. Taking Eliquis while having these types of injections can increase your risk of developing blood clots around your brain or spine. These clots can

Klonopin's Dosage: What to Know

This drug has boxed warnings, the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Risk of misuse and addiction. Taking benzodiazepines, such as Klonopin, can increase the risk of misusing or becoming addicted to the medication. (Misuse means taking a drug differently from how your doctor prescribed it. This is sometimes called abuse.) Misusing benzodiazepines can result in serious complications

Albuterol-Budesonide Combination Moves Through the Asthma Pipeline

The FDA has accepted a New Drug Application (NDA) filed by AstraZeneca and British drug maker Avillion for their potential first-in-class combination short-acting beta2-agonist (SABA) and corticosteroid inhaler. PT027 combines albuterol and budesonide in a fixed-dose inhaler with a proposed indication of as-needed treatment or prevention of bronchoconstriction and prevention of exacerbations in adults and children ages 4 years and older with asthma. The NDA submission was based on results from

Dupixent Combined with House Dust Mite SLIT May Help Improve Control in Allergic Asthma

Allergen-specific immunotherapy (ASI) has been used as a disease-modifying treatment to relieve symptoms in patients with IgE-mediated allergic conditions, including allergic asthma. House dust mites (HDMs) are a significant trigger in allergic asthma, and HDM sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) has been effective in improving symptoms and reducing exacerbations in patients with asthma. The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) and European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) guideline

Fluctuations in Sex Hormones May Drive Asthma Symptoms in Women

Fluctuations in Sex Hormones May Drive Asthma Symptoms in Women Asthma becomes more prevalent in females than males in puberty. Researchers have hypothesized that sex hormones may play a significant role in the manifestation of asthma symptoms. In childhood, asthma is more prevalent in boys than in girls (11.9% vs. 7.5%). However, at puberty, the trend flips. In adults, the incidence of asthma in men is 6.3% versus 9.6% in women. Additionally, women with asthma are more likely to have severe a

Abilify's Dosage: What to Know

This drug has boxed warnings, the most serious warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Boxed warnings alert doctors and patients about drug effects that may be dangerous. Risk of death in older adults with dementia-related psychosis. Older adults with dementia-related psychosis may have an increased risk of death with antipsychotics. Abilify is an antipsychotic, so it carries this risk. (Psychosis is a mental health condition where you lose touch with reality and may have hallucina
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