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2007 Blog Archive

Published on Dec 13, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Hib vaccine

One million doses of a vaccine given to children as young as two months old have been recalled due to questions about the sterility of their Pennsylvania manufacturing facility. Merck has recalled 12 lots of Hib vaccines used to prevent meningitis and pneumonia for fear of contamination.

Published on Dec 12, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Epilepsy drugs

New warning labels will be issued for drugs used to treat epilepsy, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Brand name epilepsy drugs such as Carbatrol, Tegretol, and Equetro may lead to a rare skin disorder, warranting a change in the current warning on the drugs.

Published on Dec 11, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Bed-Wetting Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned parents and healthcare professionals that seizures may result form a drug commonly prescribed to children to control bed-wetting. Desmopressin, sold as DDAVP, DDVP, Stimate, and more, may lead to seizures and death among young children who take the intranasal drug.

Published on Dec 03, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Avandia may cause osteoporosis

Researchers have discovered that the diabetes drug, Avandia, may have a new risk added to its already deadly list – osteoporosis. Recently cited for its side effects of heart failure and heart attack, a new study has linked Avandia to an increase in bone thinning.

Published on Nov 29, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Provigil warning for kids

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified another drug that could have especially dangerous side effects in children – Provigil, approved to treat sleep disorders. Experts want a stronger warning placed on the drug’s label expressly stating that it is not approved for use in pediatric patients.

Published on Nov 28, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Holiday decorations

The Consumer Product Safety Commission wants you to know something that may change the way you think about decorating for the holiday season – 10,000 people go to the emergency room every year with injuries due to holiday decorations. Whether picking out a Christmas tree or lighting your Menorah for Chanukah, the holiday season has many potential dangers that can be prevented by remembering that safety comes first at all times.

Published on Nov 26, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
children flu drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that extra label precautions be added to two different prescription flu medications for children. Tamiflu and Relenza may be linked to potential neurological problems that have contributed to the deaths of 25 children worldwide.

Published on Nov 16, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Birth control linked to heart disease

A new study has discovered a health risk that could affect 25 percent of American women – birth control pills may lead to heart disease. Researchers found that birth control pills may be connected to an increased risk of plaque forming inside the arteries, which could raise the risk of heart disease in the 100 million women worldwide who are “on the pill.”

Published on Nov 14, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Avandia

The label of the diabetes drug, Avandia, has been strengthened even further to include a warning about the risk of heart attack. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added to its already strong warning for Avandia, which carries a label that was updated to include risk of heart failure earlier this year.

Published on Nov 12, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Vioxx Cases Settled

Vioxx, the dangerous painkiller that was pulled from the market after research showed it was linked to heart attack and stroke, could lead to the second largest drug lawsuit settlement in history. The manufacturer, Merck, has offered to create a fund totaling $4.85 billion to pay off as many as 47,000 plaintiff groups involved in cases that allege serious damages due to Vioxx use.

Published on Nov 05, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Trasylol suspended from market

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reached an agreement with the makers of Trasylol, a prominent blood loss drug used in heart bypass surgery, to suspend sales in the United States. The FDA has requested that Bayer Pharmaceuticals halt marketing of Trasylol after a recent study found that the drug had an increased risk of death compared to other medication.

Published on Oct 31, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Plastic baby bottles may leak chemicals

If it wasn’t hard enough protecting your child from lead paint and dangerous magnets in toys, now you may have to think twice about your baby bottles and plastic storage containers. Emerging studies find that popular plastics used to make baby bottles and food storage items may seep toxic chemicals into the food you and your loved ones eat.

Published on Oct 30, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Trasylol

Big changes may be coming for the leading injection drug used to prevent blood loss during heart bypass surgery. The preliminary results of a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study found that Trasylol increases the risk of patient death compared to other similar blood loss drugs.

Published on Oct 19, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Viagra make cause loss of hearing

An important message for erectile dysfunction (ED) patients: taking Viagra, Levitra, or Cialis may cause serious hearing loss. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that a class of drugs most commonly used to treat impotence will receive label changes alerting patients and doctors that some people may suffer loss of hearing due to use of the medications.

Published on Oct 17, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
One bill would outlaw texting while driving

Pennsylvania drivers – your days of texting behind the wheel and driving while holding your cell phone may be numbered. State legislators are currently reviewing a series of bills including a PA hands-free law, a ban on sending text messages while driving, and other attempts to cut down on the number one cause of car crashes – distracted drivers.

Published on Oct 16, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Breathalyzer

Schools around the country are using a new weapon to fight the devastating effects of underage drinking – breathalyzer tests. Orders for the portable alcohol-measuring devices have risen 120 percent in the past four years as many high schools and colleges take a hard line stance against teenage alcohol consumption.

Published on Oct 11, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Infant cold medicine

Attention parents – the makers of Dimetapp, Little Colds, Pediacare, Robitussin, Triaminic, and Tylenol have pulled all cold and cough medicine marketed toward infants from U.S. store shelves. Following last month’s warning by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) experts, children’s cold medication has been removed due to reports of overdose and misuse.

Published on Oct 10, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Pot pie may lead to Salmonella poisoning

Check your freezers – another frozen meat product poses a serious risk of food poisoning that has already sickened over 100 people across America. Chicken pot pies and turkey pot pies sold in both Banquet and generic store-brand packaging may be tainted with Salmonella.

Published on Oct 04, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Compulsive Gambling

Attention Mirapex users – are you aware that your medication for Parkinson’s disease or Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) may have a rare but serious side effect? Many cases have been reported of Mirapex causing otherwise frugal or money-conscious individuals to succumb to severe compulsive gambling.

Published on Oct 03, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Unapproved Drugs

Attention prescription drug users – there is a serious loophole in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) drug approval process that allows doctors to write 65 million prescriptions a year for unapproved medication. Many of these unapproved drugs could have dangerous side effects that may result in adverse events or even worse, death.

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