Merck & Co’s drug to reverse the effects of muscle relaxants used in surgery is safe and effective enough to warrant approval, an independent panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said. The drug, which goes by the chemical name of sugammadex, has repeatedly been rejected by the FDA due to concerns about potentially […]

(Reuters Health) – In a new study, people who arrive at the emergency room with severe low back pain didn’t experience more relief with muscle relaxants or opioids than with over-the-counter painkillers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) alone offered as much relief as more powerful painkillers. This was surprising, said lead author Dr. Benjamin W. Friedman […]