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Archive for the ‘Drug Risks and Side Effects’ Category

Loophole puts users of generic drugs at risk
Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Generic drug manufacturers are not liable when their medicines cause serious injury: see the video on The Today Show, and sign a petition

What Drugs Cause the Most Emergency Hospitalizations for Senior Adults?
Sunday, December 4th, 2011

An adverse drug event ("ADE") requiring hospitalization typically occurs when a properly administered drug causes an adverse reaction (such as an allergic reaction), or a patient accidentally overdoses on a drug, or takes the wrong drug. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, there were approximately 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for […]

Dangerous Ingredients in Dietary Supplements
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Increased risk of heart attack or stroke, kidney failure, liver damage, depression and addiction are just a few of the reported problems caused by tainted products sold openly as dietary supplements. Marketing drugs as supplements is illegal, and can pose very serious health risks.  There are two big problems inherent in the dietary supplement industry: […]

Diabetes Drug Actos May Increase Risk of Cancer
Friday, June 17th, 2011

Actos a prescription drug of the class thiazolidinedione that is used to treat type 2 diabetes. This week, the FDA announced that patients taking Actos for more than a year may have an increased risk of bladder cancer. The FDA's announcement is based on its review of data from a planned five-year interim analysis of […]

FDA Recommends Reducing Dosage of Popular Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Simvastatin
Monday, June 13th, 2011

Simvastatin is a prescription drug used to control elevated cholesterol. Last week, the FDA recommended that doctor not start patients on an 80 mg dose of simvastatin – the highest approved dose of the drug — because of the risk of a condition known as myopathy, characterized by unexplained muscle weakness or pain. The FDA further […]

Supreme Court Hands Victory to Vaccine Makers in Product Liability Case
Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

    Vaccine makers are celebrating a ruling last month by the Supreme Court that affirms their protection from state court lawsuits.  The case centered on Hannah Bruesewitz, who as an infant in 1993 suffered seizures and permanent brain damage after receiving a diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTP) vaccine, made by Wyeth.      The Supreme Court was tasked with deciding whether […]

Potentially Tragic Prescription Mix-Up Exposes Pharmacy Fallibility
Thursday, February 10th, 2011

    A pregnant woman in Colorado was mistakenly given methotrexate when she went to fill a prescription for antibiotics.  Commonly used to treat cancer, the drug is also used to terminate early term pregnancies.  The woman went home and took one dose of the medication and immediately starting feeling nauseous.  That’s when she looked at the […]

Oregon Sues Johnson & Johnson Over “Phantom Recall”
Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The State of Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson over the company’s efforts to buy back defective products from Oregon store shelves.  Known as a “phantom recall,” Johnson & Johnson allegedly hired private contractors to purchase large quantities of Motrin in 2009 after it discovered the medicine failed to dissolve properly.  Oregon […]

Study Links Flomax Use to Cataract Surgery Complications
Monday, May 25th, 2009

Reports on research showing that Flomax may cause cataract surgery complications.

Genentech and FDA Announce Withdrawal of Psoriasis Drug Raptiva From the U.S. Market
Monday, April 13th, 2009

FDA announces that the psoriasis drug Raptiva is being withdrawn by Genentech from the U.S. market