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March 2007 Archive

Published on Mar 30, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Permax

The manufacturers of pergolide, sold as Permax and generic versions, have pulled the Parkinson’s drug due to significant risks of heart valve damage, and even death. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Valeant Pharmaceuticals would voluntarily end the production and distribution of Permax. Companies Par and Teva will also cease manufacture of their generic brands.

Published on Mar 29, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Accutane

Are you taking Accutane, also known as isotretinoin, to control severe acne? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns buyers from purchasing isotretinoin over the Internet. The drug, known under its brand name, Accutane, also is sold under the generic names of Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret.

Published on Mar 22, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
FDA Limits Conflicts of Interest

Criticism has swirled around the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for allowing experts with monetary ties to medical companies to serve on their advisory panels. In response, the FDA has set new limits restricting advisors from evaluating companies and products with which they have connections.

Published on Mar 16, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Drugs Cause Sleep-Driving

Here’s a special alert to all people who take prescription sleeping pills – you’ve heard of sleep-walking and sleep-talking, but probably not sleep-driving. Federal health officials have released a warning that sedative-hypnotic drugs could lead to behavior such as sleep-driving, facial swelling, and more.

Published on Mar 15, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Bone Fractures

Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. has released a notice to physicians that their medications for type 2 diabetes may cause bone fractures in women. ACTOS, ACTOplus met and duetact all contain pioglitazone, the agent responsible for the increased risk of fracture.

Published on Mar 14, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Vioxx Case

The jury of a Vioxx retrial has ordered Merck & Co. to pay an Idaho postal worker and his wife $47.5 million. The verdict found the discontinued painkiller, Vioxx, to blame for Frederick "Mike" Humeston’s heart attack.

Published on Mar 12, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Bone Marrow Stimulant Drugs

A new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Public Health Advisory warns medical professionals and patients of the severe side effects of popular bone marrow stimulants. Drugs called erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), known to consumers as Aranesp, Epogen, and Procrit, will receive black box warnings due to their potentially fatal risks.

Published on Mar 09, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Energy Drink

Attention parents – watch out for Spike Shooter or other energy drinks that may contain excessive levels of the drug, caffeine, which can be dangerous for children under 18. Spike Shooter, an energy drink made by Biotest Laboratories LLC., has hospitalized several students from a Colorado high school. It has been banned from the school, as well as all Colorado 7-Eleven stores.

Published on Mar 05, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Children's Cold Medicine

Attention parents – The medicines you use to help your children find relief from the common cold could actually send them straight to the hospital. The Baltimore City Health Department is warning the public about the dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines when given to children. According to their petition sent to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these OTC medicines should not be used in children under the age of six.

Published on Mar 01, 2007 by Edgar Snyder
Antibiotic Vancomycin

Vancomycin, an antibiotic frequently used to treat staph infections, has been found to cause a potentially deadly bleeding condition. The antibiotic has been in use for nearly 30 years, but a new study has found that the drug may have fatal consequences for a small but significant number of patients.

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