This Week in Sleep Medicine: November 27, 2018
While You Were Sleeping: What Sleep Technologists Need to Know This Week
Your media watchdog for headlines and trends
relevant to sleep technology and patient education.
Hikma Launches Generic Version To Halcion Tablets For Insomnia
November 19, 2018
From the article: “Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC said Monday it has launched a generic version of Pfizer Inc's Halcion tablets in the US to treat insomnia, a sleep disorder. …The company's unit, Hikma Pharmaceuticals USA Inc has launched Triazolam Tablets, 0.125 milligramme and 0.25mg. The Triazolam tablets are indicated for the short-term treatment of insomnia, generally seven to 10 days. …According to US pharmaceutical information company IQVIA, US sales of Triazolam tablets totaled around USD27 million in the 12 months ending September 30.”
Takeaway: How is triazolam different from zolpidem? Iodine does a simplified comparison here.
HEALTH LITERACY WATCH
Pilot Falls Asleep and Flies Plane Past Destination
November 26, 2018
From the article: “The day of the incident 'was the third consecutive day that both pilots started duty at 05:40 a.m.' the incident report said. 'This likely caused the pilots to receive less daily sleep than is needed to sustain optimal alertness and resulted in an accumulation of sleep debt and increased levels of daytime fatigue.'”
BIO: Tamara Sellman RPSGT, CCSH curates the sleep health information clearinghouse, SleepyHeadCENTRAL, where she follows sleep health news headlines daily. She is also an independent sleep health journalist, writes MS-related columns for two medical publishers, and contributes as a freelance writer to AAST’s magazine, A2Zzz. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.