Johnson & Johnson’s Drug Risperdal Causes Breast Growth In Men


Risperdal was improperly marketed by Johnson & Johnson Johnson & Johnson settles a lawsuit over claims that it’s anti-psychotic drug “Risperdal” caused a male plaintiff to grow breast tissue. Janssen, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, faces 420 lawsuits brought against the company alleging personal injuries caused by Risperdal.  Almost 130 of the 420 lawsuits [...]

Zofran Found to Cause Heart Risk

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Deadly Heart Risk Is Side Effect Zofran Zofran, the anti nausea medication used for chemotherapy patients, may affect the electrical activity of the heart, which is known as QT interval prolongation. A recently completed clinical study shows that a 32mg single intravenous dose of ondansetron (Zofran) could cause patients to develop an abnormal heart rhythm [...]

Adverse Drug Events and Prescription Warning Labels


How Effective are Prescription Drug Labels? A study done by PLoSone investigated the effectiveness of prescription warning labels (PWLs).  The PWLs are the brightly colored stickers on prescription bottles.  The study wanted to see the difference, if any, between how young adults and seniors (50+) responded to the warnings. The study evaluated early stages of [...]

Prevacid FDA Safety Labeling Changes

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FDA Makes Safety Labeling Changes to Prevacid   May 2012 Safety Labeling Changes includes 41 products with revisions to Prescribing Information   Prevacid is one of the 41 labels being changed as per the FDA.  The change will be in the Precautions and Warnings section of the Prevacid label. Added to the Precautions and Warnings sections [...]

Counterfeit Adderall Being Sold On Internet


FDA Reports On Counterfeit Adderall Tablets The Food and Drug Administration is warning that Teva Pharmaceuticals Adderall 30 mg tablets contain the wrong active ingredients. Tests reveal that the tables contain acetaminophen and tramadol, both acute pain medications, instead of the active ingredients Adderall should contain, which are dextroamphetamine saccharate, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate, and amphetamine [...]

Imported Shrimp Found to Have Illegal Antibiotics


Banned Antibiotics Found In Imported Shrimp   ABC World News is reporting startling news regarding the safety of seafood being imported into the United States.  Illegal antibiotics were found in 30% of imported shrimp that were delivered to grocery markets across the country. ABC sampled 30 shrimp chosen randomly from across the country.  Three of [...]

FDA Speeds Up Drug Review

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United States Drug Review Process Faster Than Europe or Canada In a study from the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from Yale and the Mayo Clinic have found that the US is faster than both Europe and Canada in approving more medicines in less time.  This is significant news since the FDA has long [...]

Whooping Cough Epidemic in Washington State


Washington State Declares Whooping Cough Epidemic The Associated Press reports that the Center of Disease Control has been contacted for help by concerned health care officials in Seattle, Washington. This is one of the state’s worst break outs of whooping cough in decades.  The amount of cases has soared so high and rapidly that it [...]

Sunburn Prevalent in Young Adults

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In spite of the growing sun protection products market, sunburn continues to be prevalent in  young white adults, says a study from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Melanoma is deadlier than the top two most common cancers, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.  Sunburn, heat lamps and [...]

Anti-Osteoporosis Drugs Found To Be Dangerous


 Fosamax, Actonel, and Reclast Under Fire A recent government study has found that taking anti-osteoporosis drugs such as Fosamax, Actonel and Reclast for 3 to 5 years may actually do more harm than good reports The New England Journal of Medicine. These medications may be particularly harmful to people with only mild bone loss and it [...]