Archive for May, 2010

4 PediaCare Cold and Allergy Products Recalled

More children’s medicines are being recalled because they were made at the same Johnson & Johnson plant where federal health authorities found poor quality standards. Blacksmith Brands Inc. announced a recall on Friday for about 100,000 units of four PediaCare items sold nationwide. These recalled items include PediaCare Multi-Symptom Cold, PediaCare Long Acting Cough, PediaCare Decongestant and PediaCare Allergy and Cold.

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Popular diet drug gets liver damage warning

Federal health officials are warning consumers that the weight loss pills alli and Xenical may cause severe liver damage in rare cases. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has added a warning about the risk to the label of the drug alli, which is sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmithKline. The prescription version Xenical is manufactured and marketed by Roche. The FDA identified 13 instances of liver damage associated with the drugs. A causal effect between the drugs and the problem has not been established.

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FDA Warns of Bone Fracture with Heartburn Drugs

Federal health regulators are warning doctors and patients that popular heartburn drugs like Nexium and Prilosec may cause bone fractures when used for more than a year. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday several studies have shown increased risk of hip, wrist and spine fractures in patients using drugs that block stomach acid. The agency says the association between the drugs and bone fractions is still not understood and it plans to investigate further.

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