The first trial over Pfizer’s Celebrex is set to begin this June. The plaintiff, Rosie Ware, believes the pain reliever, Celebrex, caused her stroke in 2005.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) faces a tough decision: Should the promising multiple sclerosis (MS) drug, Tysabri, be FDA approved again after being pulled from the market for potentially deadly side effects?
The first federal Vioxx case has begun—again. After the previous case ended in a mistrial, plaintiff attorneys hope to convince the jury that Vioxx caused the 2001 deadly heart attack of Richard “Dicky” Irvin.
An antibiotic designed to fight infections may cause some dangerous side effects, claims the Food and Drug Administration. Tequin, an antibiotic manufactured by Bristol-Myers Squibb, will now carry stronger warnings about a risk of life-threatening events caused by the drug’s effect on blood sugar.
All hormonal contraceptives carry the risk of blood clots and strokes, but the Orth Evra birth control patch has twice the risk compared to the pill.
Recent company research found the risk of clots in the lungs and legs doubled in patch users. An investigation by The Associated Press last year found that patch users die and suffer clots three times higher than women using the pill. In 2004, about 12 women died from clots linked to the patch, and dozens more suffered strokes and other clot-related issues.
Antidepressants, already known as being harmful to unborn babies, now have another pre-natal side effect, persistent pulmonary hypertension.
Persistent pulmonary hypertension, a lung disorder found in 1 to 2 newborns out of every 1,000 on average, can be fatal. Findings published in The New England Journal of Medicine show that babies exposed to antidepressants in the last three months of pregnancy were six times more likely to contract the disorder.
On the heels of a recent report that prescription stimulant drugs may cause heart problems, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee made a surprise move recommending that the drugs carry a “black-box” warning about their cardiovascular risks.
Think prescription stimulant drugs are safe for your children? Consider this—from 1999 to 2003, 25 people died without warning and 54 others had unexplained heart problems while taking stimulants like Ritalin. The reports, issued by federal drug regulators, raise concerns about the overall safety of the most popularly prescribed drugs in the world.
According to Consumer Reports, not all prescription drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are safe. The magazine states that 12 commonly used drugs have some serious side effects.