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