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Category Archives: Dangerous Drugs

Oversight still lacking in Florida for compounding pharmacies

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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Diet Supplement Has Meth-Like Chemical, Study Finds

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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Fat-Burning Supplement pulled off shelves, tied to liver failure

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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Florida drug deaths drop, but oxycodone is still the top killer

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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Injection Recall For Another Compounding Facility

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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FDA Shuts Down 1,600 Fake Online Pharmacies

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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Fungal & Bacterial Growth Found In Steroid Injections

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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Those Vitamins May Not Be Making Or Keeping You Healthy

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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FDA: Dietary Supplement Ingredient DMAA Dangerous

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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… Read More »

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Unreported Drug Side Effects Found Using Internet Data

By Freidin Brown, P.A. |

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,… Read More »

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