Archive for June, 2009

FDA Panel Urges Ban on Vicodin, Percocet

A federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver.

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Attorney Weighs in on Reglan Investigation

The number of people reporting Reglan adverse events, including tardive dyskinesia, has gone up drastically, according to Kathleen K. McGinn, attorney at Hissey Kientz, LLP. “We now have the fourth quarter data from the FDA,” McGinn says. “New cases of tardive dyskinesia or other movement disorders rose significantly in that time. They rose by more than 6 percent in the fourth quarter and more than 14 percent over the second half of 2008.”

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US seizes Caraco drugs over manufacturing problems

U.S. authorities have seized all medicines produced by generic drugmaker Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd following repeated violations of manufacturing standards, health officials said. The drugs included generic versions of heart, pain and psychiatric medicines, Food and Drug Administration officials said on Thursday.

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Matrixx recalls Zicam nasal cold products

Zicam cold remedyMatrixx Initiatives Inc. said Wednesday it started a previously announced recall of Zicam nasal cold remedies following last week’s Food and Drug Administration warning that the products were unsafe. The FDA has warned consumers to not use the nasal cold remedies due to hundreds of reports of patients losing their sense of smell.

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Coroner: Fentanyl patch killed ex-Wilco member Jay Bennett

Jay BennettFormer Wilco member Jay Bennett died of an overdose of a painkiller, the Champaign County coroner said Tuesday, and his office is investigating Bennett’s death as an accident. Tests showed Bennett died from fentanyl, a drug often prescribed to treat chronic pain, said the coroner, Duane Northrup. Bennett, who died May 24 at his home in Urbana, had posted a few weeks earlier on his MySpace site that he would need hip-replacement surgery.

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Concerns with marketing of herbal Fen-phen

Although prescription Fen Phen is no longer on the market due to its association with pulmonary hypertension and heart valve problems, personal injury attorney David Friend at Hissey Kientz LLP says that herbal Fen-phen continues to be a popular alternative to consumers. However, this appetite suppressant has also been linked to numerous health problems, including primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH).

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USADA chief urges states to act on supplements

The leader of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has urged a group of attorneys general to take action on the state level to regulate the steroid-tainted, multibillion-dollar supplement industry. Travis Tygart urged the use of consumer protection laws to help prevent tainted and steroid-related supplements from reaching the market. Currently, ephedra is the only supplement that has been proven dangerous enough to take off the market in the last decade.

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