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2008 Archive

Published on Dec 23, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
FDA issues warning on diet pills

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public about the risks of more than 25 unapproved weight loss pills. FDA analysis found undeclared ingredients in the products that can pose serious health threats.

Published on Dec 18, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Airborne has to stop misleading advertising

Airborne Health Inc. will be forced to stop advertisements for its product Airborne according to the terms of a recent settlement. Prosecutors alleged that the dietary supplement was dramatically misrepresented to consumers.

Published on Dec 15, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Menopause medications linked to cancer

A link between popular hormones used to treat menopause symptoms and breast cancer has been proven by a federal study done by the Women’s Health Initiative. The research found that women who have taken estrogen and progestin for five years are at double the risk of developing breast cancer.

Published on Dec 10, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Over 800,000 children killed each year from unintentional injuries

A new report issued by the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that unintentional injuries kill 830,000 children around the world each year. In the United States, unintentional injuries send 9.2 million children to the emergency room annually.

Published on Dec 09, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Safety of asthma drugs debated by FDA and experts

Two federal drug officials have declared four popular asthma drugs to be unsafe. They say that the medications, Advair, Symbicort, Serevent, and Foradil, can lead to death, but this opinion is not unanimously shared throughout the government.

Published on Dec 05, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
YouTube ads don't contain medical warnings

Most people are familiar with the warnings that come at the end of drug and medical device commercials. This is because manufacturers are required to list the risks and benefits of their products on television. It is not clear whether or not the same rules apply to YouTube, however, and one consumer group is worried about the dangers that this poses.

Published on Dec 04, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Epilepsy drugs linked to autism risk

The results of a new study are sparking a debate in the medical community. The research suggests that pregnant women who take the epilepsy drug Depakote may heighten their babies' risk of developing autism. Some experts say that the drug's benefits outweigh its risks, while others maintain that epilepsy treatment during pregnancy needs to be reexamined.

Published on Nov 24, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Unapproved drugs sold through Medicaid

Some drugs that have never been tested for safety are still available through Medicaid and millions of patients are taking them. An analysis conducted by the Associated Press found that dozens of deaths have been linked to the drugs and that taxpayers have spent at least $200 million on the potentially dangerous medications since 2004.

Published on Nov 19, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Avastin black box warning

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is being advised to give its strongest warning, a black box warning, to the blockbuster cancer drug Avastin. According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the potentially dangerous medication increases the risk of developing serious blood clots.

Published on Nov 18, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
recalls Lean Cuisine

Nestle Prepared Food Co. has announced the a recall of three of its Lean Cuisine entrees. The recall affects 879,000 pounds of a frozen chicken that might contain small pieces of blue plastic.

Published on Nov 14, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Party hosts responsible for drunk driving accidents.

Holiday parties and family gatherings are staples of the winter months, and many people look forward to creating memories with their loved ones. These times of laughter and fun can quickly turn sour, however, if one of your guests leaves your home intoxicated and gets behind the wheel.

Published on Nov 12, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Infant gas relief

Johnson & Johnson • Merck Consumer Pharmaceuticals Company (JJMCP) is recalling about 12,000 units of Infants' MYLICON® GAS RELIEF DYE FREE drops. It has been found that the drops may pose a safety risk to babies.

Published on Nov 10, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Ethex recalls

ETHEX Corporation has announced the voluntary recall five generic drugs that it markets. The affected lots may contain oversized tablets, which if taken, could result in patients receiving as much as twice the expected dosage.

Published on Nov 07, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Fen-phen

A recent study has found that fenfluramine, part of the Fen-Phen obesity drug that was banned in 1997, is still causing health problems in former users. The dangerous medication was linked to heart damage, and people who have stopped using the drug may have damaged heart valves up to seven years later.

Published on Nov 06, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Relion recalls syringes

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning for doctors and patients using ReliOn single-use syringes. Nearly half a million syringes, manufactured by Covidien Ltd, have been recalled because they pose a health risk to diabetic patients.

Published on Nov 05, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Yamaha Rhinos

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has begun investigating the Yamaha Rhino, a utility terrain vehicle (UTV), following reports of 30 deaths involving the vehicles. Yamaha also faces more than 200 lawsuits in state and federal courts, many of which allege that the Rhino's design is unsafe.

Published on Nov 04, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Avandia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should ban the diabetes drug Avandia because of its dangerous side effects, says the consumer group Public Citizen in a petition to the FDA. The group says that the risks, which include heart and liver damage, are serious enough that the medication should be removed from the market.

Published on Nov 03, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Pittsburgh bridges need repairs

Over one-third of the 1800 bridges in the greater Pittsburgh area are structurally deficient, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) plans to spend $175 million to repair 66 of the substandard bridges in southwestern PA next year. This year, PennDOT has spent nearly $92 million to replace five bridges, rehab six, and preserve 76 others in Allegheny, Lawrence, and Beaver counties.

Published on Oct 27, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Anti Smoking drug Chantix

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that it may once again strengthen warnings on Pfizer's anti smoking drug Chantix. The agency is currently reviewing a report issued by the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices that claims there were 1,001 adverse incidents linked to the medication in the first quarter of this year.

Published on Oct 22, 2008 by Edgar Snyder
Biological Drugs Examined

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that nearly one in four biological drugs, including Enbrel, Humira, Tysabri, and Raptiva, has required some type of regulatory action to ensure patient safety. In each instance, regulation occurred after the medications were available to the public.

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