It seemed like every other day in December the US Food and Drug Administration was either approving a new disease treatment or red-flagging potential issues with a doctor's office staple like exam gloves. MD Magazine
covered these stories, along with additional condition-specific news. Some other highlights from this month included: phase 3 trial results for a potential irritable bowel syndrome drug, an (unexpected?) problem with extended over-the-counter painkiller use, and the Department of Veterans Affairs made a controversial decision on using advanced practice nurses in place of doctors.
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