January 2008 Archive

Jan 31, 2008

Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals has stopped promoting Lindane Shampoo and Lindane Lotion, which are insecticide-based treatments for head lice and scabies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned the drugmaker that its marketing downplays serious risks of using Lindane Shampoo or Lindane Lotion, including hospitalizations, seizures and even death.

Jan 30, 2008

The U.S. government stated that cough and cold medicines send about 7,000 children annually to emergency rooms. This comes less than two weeks after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned parents that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under the age of 2.

Jan 24, 2008

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a nationwide recall of all sizes and strengths of Heparin and Saline pre-filled flushes manufactured by AM2 PAT, Inc. of Angier, North Carolina. The pre-filled syringes are contaminated with Serratia marcescens, which has resulted in patient infections.

Jan 22, 2008

Trying to quit smoking? Be aware that Pfizer, Inc. has issued stronger warnings about its anti-smoking drug Chantix. Instances of depression, agitation, suicidal thinking, and suicidal behavior have been reported among some users of Chantix, and doctors are being asked to closely monitor this behavior.

Jan 18, 2008

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) increases a woman’s risk of developing lobular breast cancer by 300 percent, reports a study published in the January issue of Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. While it has long been known that HRT increases the risk of breast cancer, this study is a definitive beginning in identifying how the hormones affect the risk of developing different types of breast cancer.

Jan 17, 2008

Urgent alert for parents of young children – several months after a panel of its experts voted to ban the selling of pediatric cold medicine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has officially declared cold medicine unsafe for children under the age of two. Amid concerns that parents have not heeded last fall’s warning, the FDA has issued a public health advisory stating that the medicine carries life-threatening side effects for babies and toddlers.

Jan 16, 2008

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has recommended that Pennsylvania and other states inspect the gusset plates of bridges similar in design to the one that collapsed in Minneapolis in August, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. PA has 54 deck truss bridges, the most in the nation.

Jan 10, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered seven pharmacies, including one Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania establishment, to stop making “misleading” claims about custom-mixed hormone treatments for menopausal women. The FDA says that the claims have no scientific backing and that tailor-made hormone therapies pose the same health risks as commercially prepared hormone therapies.

Jan 08, 2008

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a renewed warning for patients and doctors regarding the fentanyl patch, a painkiller applied directly to the skin. According to the FDA, the time-release fentanyl pain patch – also known as the Duragesic patch – has been misused. According to a medical journal report based on FDA reports, fentanyl itself is suspected in over 3,500 accidental deaths.

Jan 04, 2008

If you’ve taken Cipro and Levaquin, be aware that you may experience tendon injuries as a result of these antibiotics. Public Citizen, a consumer group that petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add tendon warnings to Cipro and Levaquin in 1996, now wants the strongest boxed warning possible on these drugs to warn about their serious tendon risks.