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  • What Drug Advertisements Aren't Telling Us

    These days, there is a drug for everything. You can’t even turn on your TV without seeing a commercial for a new drug. That is because the pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars in direct-to-consumer advertising to get your attention and sell you on everything from antidepressants to diabetes drugs. Drug manufacturers claim that the purpose of this advertising is to educate the public ...
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  • Oversight still lacking in Florida for compounding pharmacies

    Last November, President Obama signed a law called the "Drug Quality and Security Act," which is designed to give the Food and Drug Administration more authority over "bulk compounders." However, the responsibility for "traditional compounding pharmacies" still seems to be with individual states. These are terms that may be unfamiliar to most people. Compounding pharmacies "tailor-make" ...
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  • Diet Supplement Has Meth-Like Chemical, Study Finds

    Several months ago, the diet supplement Craze was pulled off shelves following an investigation into the safety of the supplement. Now, according to a study published in Drug Testing and Analysis journal, Craze, the sports supplement marketed to bodybuilders, contains a chemical compound similar to the illegal drug methamphetamine, or meth. The substance, called N, alpha-diethylphenylethyamine or ...
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  • Fat-Burning Supplement pulled off shelves, tied to liver failure

    Health officials in Hawaii are asking stores to pull the fat-burning supplement OxyElite Pro from shelves after it was linked to cases of liver failure and acute hepatitis in 29 people. Two people have undergone liver transplants and one person has died, according to the Hawaii State Department of Health. Twenty-four others fell ill and reported using the supplement before being diagnosed. ...
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  • Florida drug deaths drop, but oxycodone is still the top killer

    A just-released report by Florida medical examiners has both good and bad news regarding drug deaths in Florida. While drug-related deaths fell 8.8 percent last year in the state from the previous year, the prescription painkiller oxycodone was still responsible for more of Florida's drug-related deaths than any other drug last year. This is despite the fact that oxycodone-related fatalities ...
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  • Injection Recall For Another Compounding Facility

    The FDA has issued a recall for all sterile-use products by a compounding facility in Texas after 15 patients were hospitalized. The people hospitalized have a bacterial infection in their blood, and doctors believe it is from getting calcium gluconate injections manufactured by Specialty Compounding LLC, based in Cedar Park, Texas. The FDA believes that use of these products would create an ...
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  • FDA Shuts Down 1,600 Fake Online Pharmacies

    The Food and Drug Administration's crackdown on dangerous medications has resulted in the closure of more than 1,600 online pharmacies. The FDA also said in a statement that it took action against more than 9,600 websites, and seized more than $41 million worth of illegal medications. The effort, called Operation Pangea VI, involved the FDA, INTERPOL and other international enforcement ...
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  • Fungal & Bacterial Growth Found In Steroid Injections

    Bacterial and fungal growth has been found in unopened vials of a steroid injection from a Tennessee pharmacy under investigation for links to reported infections, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Main Street Family Pharmacy in Tennessee issued a nationwide recall of sterile products on May 28. Potentially defective products with a use-by date on or before November 20, 2013 ...
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  • Those Vitamins May Not Be Making Or Keeping You Healthy

    If you are taking supplements to build muscle mass, lose weight or for sexual enhancement, the drugs that you're taking may actually be dangerous or defective drugs that do more to harm you than help you based on the results of a study of Class I drug recalls by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A Class I drug is one that contains something with a high likelihood of causing "serious adverse ...
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  • FDA: Dietary Supplement Ingredient DMAA Dangerous

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning of a dangerous ingredient found in dietary supplements. In its advisory last week, the FDA said it will try to eliminate all supplements containing DMAA, which is found in supplements including OxyElite Pro and Jack3d. DMAA can cause increased blood pressure, shortness of breath, chest tightening, cardiovascular problems and even heart attacks. ...
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  • Unreported Drug Side Effects Found Using Internet Data

    Using data from Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, researchers have found evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before they were found by the Food and Drug Administration. Using automated software tools, scientists from Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University examined queries by six million Internet users taken from web search logs in 2010, related to antidepressant, ...
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  • Merck Settles Lawsuits Over Cholestrol Drug

    Merck has agreed to pay $688 million to settle lawsuits claiming it harmed investors by delaying the release of unfavorable studies of the cholesterol drug Vytorin. The lawsuits against Merck and Schering-Plough, who both sold the drug, claim that the companies had known for about two years that a clinical trial of the drug revealed that it was not better than a statin drug at limiting the buildup ...
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  • F.D.A Approved Tougher Restrictions On Painkillers

    In efforts to curb the abuse of prescription drugs across America, the Food and Drug Administration voted on Friday to toughen regulations on painkillers, such as Vicodin that contain hydrocodone. The recommendation from the panel made up of doctors, scientists and other experts would limit access to the dangerous drugs by making them harder to prescribe. This is in hopes of stemming the growing ...
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  • More Than 20 Plaintiffs Accusing Tylenol Of Liver Disease

    A group of more than 20 plaintiffs are accusing Tylenol of causing liver damage, and asking a judge to consolidate their cases into a federal multidistrict litigation. The 25 plaintiffs, who are represented by a law firm in Philadelphia, say there are 28 cases of liver disease from acetaminophen-containing Tylenol products, and all argue the common questions of fact of whether the products are ...
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  • Grapefruit and Prescription Drugs Can Be A Deadly Combo

    Although a popular fruit, grapefruits can be life-threatening when mixed with prescription drugs . An updated list was released last month, with more than 85 medications that are affected by the fruit. A reaction can be expected when drinking a regular amount of grapefruit juice with any of the medications on the list, which includes cholesterol-lowering medications, psychiatric drugs, AIDS ...
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  • Diabetes Drug Makers Ordered To Pay $90 Million

    The company behind the diabetes drug Avandia has been ordered to pay $90 million to settle allegations the drug company unlawfully promoted its drug. GlaxoSmithKline was accused in February 2010 of hiding the risks associated with Avandia from the public. According to the report by the Senate Finance Committee, the drug was linked to tens of thousands of heart attacks, which the company knew ...
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  • Painkillers Leading Cause Of Accidental Deaths

    Motor vehicle accidents once held the title, but now prescription pain killers are the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, poisoning took the top spot after 41,000 Americans died compared to 38,000 in car accidents. Of those who died from poisoning, 90% were a direct result of drugs. Since 1980, the percentage of ...
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  • Second Illness Affecting Those With Meningitis

    People infected with meningitis from contaminated steroid injections are now being treated for a second illness stemming from the shots. Doctors are now finding that the steroid injections are causing epidural abscesses, which are localized infections near the spine where the drug was injected. The abscesses have resulted in return visits to the hospital, and often surgery. Epidural abscesses ...
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  • Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Focuses Scrutiny On Drug Compounders

    The fungal meningitis outbreak has now claimed 23 lives and triggered around 300 reported cases in Florida and around the country. As many as 14,000 other patients could be at risk after receiving contaminated steroid injections. One facility is at the center of the outbreak: the New England Compounding Center. As the outbreak continues, attention has focused on what might have gone wrong at this ...
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  • Meningitis Outbreak Leads To First Lawsuit

    A Minnesota woman has filed a lawsuit against the pharmacy responsible for the meningitis outbreak that has swept across 11 states. The suit filed Thursday in federal court may be the first stemming from this outbreak. In the lawsuit, the woman claims she was informed she received contaminated shots, and should see a doctor and undergo tests. However, the results of her tests are unknown. She is ...
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  • Florida Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Update

    Two more people in Florida have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis as a result of receiving a contaminated steroid injection produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). NECC is responsible for over 200 fungal meningitis infections across the United States; the number of people infected continues to rise. Warnings about possible contamination now include all of NECC's other products, ...
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  • Up To 13,000 May Have Been Infected With Fungal Meningitis

    Already, 119 people have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis or suffered a stroke after being injected with tainted steroids produced in Framingham, Massachusetts. Of those, 11 have died, at least one right here in Florida. The Florida victim of the tainted, dangerous drug was a 70-year-old man who passed away in July. At the time, it was yet unknown that the steroid injection was contaminated ...
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  • Compounding Pharmacy To Blame For Meningitis Outbreak

    A rare form of fungal meningitis has swept through several states, infecting 137 and killing 12. The outbreak of meningitis was caused by steroid back injections contaminated with fungus, and an estimated 13,000 people are at risk. The pharmacy that supplied the steroids, the New England Compounding Center of Framingham, has issued a recall of over 17,000 vials that reached 75 clinics across 23 ...
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  • Yaz May Be A Deadly, Defective Drug, Not A Wonder Drug

    Promises of no more cramps, PMS (premenstrual syndrome) or acne helped Yaz quickly gain popularity when the birth control pill was first introduced. Drug manufacturer Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals saw its sales leap to $2 million when it released Yaz in 2006. But, the miracle drug may have been better labeled as a dangerous, defective drug . It was not without serious, even deadly, side ...
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  • Pradaxa Bleeding Lawsuits Can Continue Against Drug Manufacturer

    Boehringer Ingelheim, maker of defective drug Pradaxa, recently tried to have the claims against it dismissed but the judge ruled against the German drug manufacturer, allowing injured victims and their families to continue to try to hold Boehringer accountable for the serious injuries and death caused by the dangerous, blood-thinning drug. The drug manufacturer insisted, among other claims, that ...
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