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January 2006 Archive

Published on Jun 27, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

Natrecor, a drug designed to help aid breathing problems related to heart failure, has been linked to two more deaths. This means, to date, seven people have died within 30 days after taking the drug that also goes by the name nesiritide.

Published on Jan 26, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Bleeding Reduction Drug

A drug used to control bleeding during heart surgery may do more harm than good. Aprotinin, sold under the brand name Trasylol and manufactured by Bayer, is linked to increased risk of kidney failure, heart attacks and strokes.

Published on Jan 24, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Drug Labels

After five years of revising the look of drug label inserts, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally made a decision. Federal regulators believe the drug labels’ new look will reduce injuries and deaths caused by medication mistakes.

Published on Jan 23, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Eczema Ointment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced two eczema products are getting “black box” warnings, the most severe type of prescription drug warning issued by the FDA. Elidel and Protopic must now display “black box” labels because of potential cancer risks associated with the drugs.

Published on Jan 18, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Hemophilia Drug

The off-label usage of a drug that treats bleeding in hemophiliacs has been linked to deaths, strokes, heart attacks, and other complications, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Published on Jan 17, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Recalled Products & Drugs

Do you own a recalled household product? Are you taking dangerous prescription drugs? How safe is the food you eat? Would you know where to look to find the answers to any of these questions? If you answered “no”, you’re not alone. But, there are resources on the web that can protect you and your loved ones from unnecessary harm.

Published on Jan 16, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Diet Pills

If you are using a Brazilian diet pill, stop. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is urging consumers not to use two Brazilian diet pills because they contain tranquilizers, antidepressants and stimulants.

Published on Jan 10, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Vioxx Trial

The fourth Vioxx battle for Merck & Co. is slated to begin in late January. The case involves a 71-yr-old man, Leonel Garza, who died after taking Vioxx for one month.

Published on Jan 04, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

L-arginine, an over-the-counter dietary supplement, advertised as having the potential to reduce vascular stiffness actually can lead to death. Six heart attack patients died after taking L-Arginine.

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