Archive for December, 2008

Chinese Dairies Agree to Pay $160 Million to Tainted-Milk Victims

Chinese Dairies Agree to Pay $160 Million to Tainted-Milk Victims A group of Chinese dairy companies blamed for selling contaminated milk that killed six children and sickened nearly 300,000 others earlier this year has agreed to pay $160 million in compensation to the victims and their families.

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KV suspends tablet shipments, recalls painkiller

Beset by manufacturing problems and management controversy, KV Pharmaceutical Co. on Tuesday suspended shipment of the tablet form of its drugs. It also recalled a shipment of its painkiller hydromorphone because of a report of an oversized pill. It’s the fourth such drug recall in recent months.

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FDA warns against some diet pills sold on the Web

FDA warns against some diet pills sold on the WebThe government is warning you to stay away from nearly 30 weight-loss products that contain unlisted and possibly dangerous ingredients. The pills are advertised as “natural” fat busters and have intriguing names like Imelda Perfect Slim and Zhen de Shou. Some suggest they are innovative “herbal” remedies from Asia. But the Food and Drug Administration on Monday said the concoctions contain unlisted ingredients, including powerful appetite-suppressing drugs and a suspected carcinogen.

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FDA Warns of Risky Weight Loss Pills

The FDA today warned consumers not to buy or use more than 25 products marketed for weight loss because they contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients that may be risky. Some of the weight loss products that the FDA is warning about claim to be “natural” or to contain only “herbal” ingredients. But FDA tests found that the some of the products contained undeclared ingredients¬† which far exceeded the FDA-recommended levels, posing a health risk.

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FDA Wants New Diabetes Drugs Tested for Heart Risks

FDA Wants New Diabetes Drugs Tested for Heart RisksThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now asking all companies looking for approval of new type 2 diabetes medications to undertake studies that determine whether they cause cardiovascular problems. This new guidance document, announced Wednesday, comes on the heels of reports that two commonly prescribed blood sugar-lowering drugs already on the market, Avandia and Actos, increase the risk of heart failure and, in the case of Avandia, increase the risk of heart attack.

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FDA Adds Suicide Warning to Epilepsy Drugs

FDA Adds Suicide Warning to Epilepsy DrugsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it was adding a label warning on heightened suicide risk for users of antiepileptic drugs. The move, which follows the advice last summer of an FDA advisory panel, stops short of slapping the strongest “black box” warning on this class of drugs, which includes widely used medications such as clonazepam (Klonopin), phenytoin (Dilantin) and topiramate (Topamax).

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C.B. Fleet Voluntarily Recalls Its Fleet Phospho-soda Products After FDA Safety Alert

Following the issuance of FDA’s Safety Alert on Thursday stating that oral sodium phosphates bowel cleansing solutions should be available by prescription only, C.B. Fleet Company immediately announced a voluntary recall of their over-the-counter products Fleet Phospho-soda and Fleet Phospho-soda EZ-Prep Bowel Cleansing System.

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