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December 2007 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.

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