December 2007 Archive

Dec 13, 2007

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.

Dec 12, 2007

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.

Dec 11, 2007

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.

Dec 03, 2007

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.