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November 2006 Archive

Published on Dec 15, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

Critics claim that the study for a new drug that Merck intends to market in lieu of Vioxx is flawed. The drug was tested against an older pain killer known to raise heart risks, when a more logical study would have compared Arcoxia to a medicine that does not raise heart risks such as Naproxen, or Aleve.

Published on Nov 17, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) pediatric advisory committee met to review safety reports on various drugs. The panel is reviewing 16 drugs to determine if they should be used in pediatric patients.

Published on Nov 14, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is suggesting a revision to Tamiflu’s U.S. label that will include a warning for close supervision of all patients, especially children. This suggested label change comes after 103 reports from Japan of odd behavior mostly in children and included three deaths from falls.

Published on Nov 09, 2006 by Edgar Snyder

Throw away your store-brand 500mg acetaminophen caplets. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a voluntary recall by Perrigo Company of their over-the-counter pain reliever due to small metal fragments found in a small number of these store-brand caplets. Approximately 11 million bottles containing varying quantities of acetaminophen 500mg caplets are affected by the recall. Tylenol, a name brand acetaminophen, is not affected by this recall.

Published on Nov 08, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
ER Visits

A new national study reports that 17,000 children visit emergency rooms annually due to school bus-related accidents. Most frequently the children suffered cuts and broken bones, but thankfully, most injuries were not life-threatening.

Published on Nov 06, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Tomatoes - Salmonella

State and Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) investigators found that tomatoes consumed in restaurants led to the recent salmonella outbreak in 21 states. In all, 183 cases have been reported to the CDC.

Published on Nov 02, 2006 by Edgar Snyder
Otho Evra

Several women are suing the maker of a popular birth-control patch, Ortho Evra, saying it caused serious illness and even led to the death of a young woman. Forty-four women in all are suing Ortho-McNeil makers of Ortho Evra.

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