10 Drug Approvals That Changed the Future of Medicine

Digoxin
Digoxin is derived from the digitalis plant (foxglove) and is a drug used for patients who have an irregular heartbeat or have suffered heart failure. The drug makes the heart beat faster and pump more blood around the body. It was first available as an injection in 1982 and then in a tablet form in 1997. (Source: everydayhealth.com)

MORE: Ofev successfully used to treat an acute episode of IPF, prompting a call for studies.

Rifampicin (Rifadin)
Rifampicin is one of the leading drugs used to treat tuberculosis. It is an antibiotic that can also be used to treat MRSA where other antibiotics have failed. It was introduced to the world in 1967. (Source: Rifampicin.com)

MORE: Phase 3 data from IMPULSIS confirms the efficiency of Ofev as IPF treatment.

Ventolin
Widely used for the treatment of asthma and other lung diseases such as bronchiectasis and COPD. The drug was discovered in 1966 and used as an inhaler treatment in 1969.

MORE: Ofev is seen to be safe and efficient for long-term use in patients with IPF.

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