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February 2007 Archive

Published on Feb 23, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Asthma Drug Xolair

If you, or someone you care about, take Xolair it may cause shortness of breath instead of relieving your asthma symptoms. Because of continued adverse side effects, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed that the manufacturer, Genetech, Inc., modify the package of Xolair with a boxed warning.

Published on Feb 22, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
ADHD Drugs

If you, or someone you care about, take an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication, be aware of the potentially serious side effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked ADHD drug manufacturers to develop Patient Medication Guides outlining serious cardiovascular and psychiatric risks.

Published on Feb 21, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
lexapro

This is urgent information for anyone who bought Ambien, Ativan, Lexapro, and Xanax over the Internet. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), haloperidol, a powerful anti-psychotic drug, is being falsely sold online under other brand names. Many customers have taken the pills in question and experienced such adverse symptoms as difficulty breathing, muscle spasms, and muscle stiffness.

Published on Feb 14, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
RotaTeq Vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that the RotaTeq vaccine may be connected to a severe intestinal condition in young children. Known as intussusception, the condition leads to blockage or twisting of the intestines.

Published on Feb 13, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Antibiotic Ketek

The antibiotic Ketek, manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, will receive the government's strongest cautionary label on its package. Side effects such as severe liver failure and serious risk to patients with the neuromuscular disease myasthenia gravis have been linked to the drug.

Published on Feb 09, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Hernia Mesh Patch

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced an expanded recall of the Bard Composix Kugel Mesh Patches that were originally recalled in December 2005. The patches were used to repair ventral hernias caused by thinning or stretching of scar tissue that formed after surgery.

Published on Feb 08, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
depression

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all antidepressant medications have a "black box" warning about the increased risk of suicide in teenagers and children. Unfortunately, it appears that the FDA's attempts to protect the public may have backfired.

Published on Feb 06, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Birth Control

The consumer group Public Citizen wants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take certain low-dose birth control pills off the market.

Published on Feb 01, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
New Drug Review Projects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a variety of projects addressing the need to pay more attention to drugs already on the market. The announcement comes in response to an Institute of Medicine report, released last September, which criticized the agency’s lack of attention to problematic drugs.

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