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2005 Blog Archive

Published on Dec 30, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
drug companies

Confident that you know everything you need to know about your prescription drugs? According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, drug companies still aren’t telling consumers the whole story.

Published on Dec 29, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
heparin

Emergency room visits for heart attack sufferers could result in an increased risk of serious bleeding, especially if too much blood thinner is administered.

Published on Dec 20, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Imaging Drug

NeutroSpec, an imaging agent used to diagnose internal infections, has been pulled from the market after being linked to two deaths, 20 severe reactions, and 46 other “less” severe reactions.

Published on Dec 19, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Paxil

After months of alerting doctors about Paxil’s risk to pregnant women, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making it official.

The FDA requested GlaxoSmithKline classify the antidepressant drug as “Category D.” This classification means that studies show that there is an elevated risk to the unborn child in pregnant women. Two studies of expectant mothers taking Paxil during the first trimester indicated their babies were twice as likely to have heart defects.

Published on Dec 15, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Eye Drops

Check your medicine cabinets--certain eye drops and pain medications made by Molecular Biologics Inc. should be discarded immediately, according to an alert by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The federal agency stated that that company hadn’t used proper manufacturing regulations to maintain the sterility of the eye drops and that some of the pain medications didn’t have instructions for safe use.

Published on Dec 13, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Vioxx

Merck & Co. will have to start their third Vioxx trial all over again after a U.S. judge declared a mistrial. Next time around though, there will be new allegations to defend. Recent news surfaced that the company withheld information from the New England Journal of Medicine about a 2000 Vioxx study to make the drug appear safer.

Published on Dec 08, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Antipsychotic Drugs

Older models of antipsychotic drugs may not carry the same Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warnings as newer models of drugs, but that does not mean they are safer for the elderly. In fact, studies show older versions of antipsychotic drugs are more dangerous for elderly patients than newer drugs that already carry warning labels.

Published on Dec 02, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Campath

Campath may be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat leukemia, but that doesn’t mean multiple sclerosis (MS) patients should take the drug.

Published on Nov 30, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Asthma

If you suffer from Asthma, the medications your taking could be increasing your risk of a severe asthma attack. If you use Advair Diskus, Serevent Diskus, or Foradil Aerolizer, you could unwittingly be putting yourself in danger.

Published on Nov 22, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Doctor

Ortho Evra’s birth control patch is easy and convenient, but is it safe? This concern has prompted many doctors to stop writing prescriptions for the popular form of birth control.

Published on Nov 18, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Warning Labels

Do you heed the advice from the “black box” warning—the strongest warning given by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA)—on your prescription drugs? If you answered ‘no,’ you wouldn’t be alone. Recent findings in a drug journal report both patients and doctors don’t comply with the “black box” warnings assigned to dangerous drugs.

Published on Nov 14, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Ortho Evra

Woman using Ortho Evra, take note—you are receiving a higher dosage of estrogen than found in most birth control pills. The announcement comes as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an updated warning label for the contraceptive patch.

Published on Nov 09, 2005 by Edgar Snyder

Are menopausal women putting their health at risk? Citing growing concerns about commercial hormones many women have turned to plant hormones to treat their symptoms. Since the hormones are derived from plants, many believe they are safer than prescription hormones. However, there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory.

Published on Nov 07, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
pill bottles

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) isn’t letting technology pass them by. The FDA will soon require that all drug companies submit digital labels of their medications for a public online database.

Published on Oct 26, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Drug Warning Labels

Do you know what the labeling on your prescription bottle means? If you answered ‘no,’ you’re not alone. Research shows many people are confused about the meaning of their prescription labels.

Published on Oct 25, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Child taking medication

Heeding warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), parents are doing their homework on antidepressants. A year after black-box warning labels linked antidepressant usage in children to suicidal behavior, the use of the drugs to treat childhood depression is declining.

Published on Oct 21, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Impotence Drugs

Viagra and other impotence drugs may cure a man's sexual problems, but could cost him his vision. This is why Public Citizen, a prominent consumer advocacy group, wants the black-box warning added to impotence drug labels. The black-box label is the most serious warning given to prescription drugs.

Published on Oct 19, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Medical Treatment

If you were treated with the acid reflux drug, Enteryx, here's news that could make your stomach turn. Boston Scientific Corp. halted sales of the Enteryx drug injection kit, due to product misuse by doctors.

Published on Oct 18, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Cymbalta

If you have a liver problem, consider yourself warned: Cymbalta may make your health condition worse.

More than one million people take prescription drug Cymbalta for major depression and nerve pain associated with diabetes. But now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Eli Lilly suggest that anyone with a liver problem stop taking the drug. Cymbalta’s label originally warned of liver injury to people who drank alcohol, but now the warning extends to anyone with an underlying liver condition.

Published on Oct 05, 2005 by Edgar Snyder
Paxil

Paxil may ease your depression, but if you are pregnant it could harm your baby. A study indicates an increase of birth defects in babies born to women who use Paxil during the first trimester.

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