Archive for April, 2011

Painkillers make antidepressants less effective, study shows

Commonly used painkillers such as ibuprofen and acetylsalicylic acid can undermine the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests. The study, published on Tuesday in the medical journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined the interaction between antidepressants such as Zoloft, Paxil or Prozac and painkillers like Aspirin and Advil.

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Meningitis vaccine approved for babies as young as 9 months old

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi-Aventis, said Monday the Food and Drug Administration approved the company’s bacterial meningitis vaccine Menactra for children between the ages of 9 months and 23 months. The disease is fairly rare in the United States, but those who get it develop symptoms quickly and can die in only a few days.

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Studies show Yaz, Yasmin double blood clot risk

Two studies published in the British Medical Journal have found that women taking Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills are two to three times more likely to suffer blood clots than women who use older birth control brands. This increased blood clot risk could place women in danger of other serious side effects, including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, heart attack or stroke.

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J&J Recalls Topamax Bottles After Odor Reports

A Johnson & Johnson unit is recalling two lots of its Topamax anti-seizure drug after getting complaints about an unusual odor potentially linked to chemically treated wooden pallets, and J&J is looking into whether other products also could be affected. The FDA has warned that using Topamax during pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects in newborns.

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DePuy failure rate may be as high as 49%, doctors say

Two British orthopedics groups have warned that the failure rate of a hip replacement manufactured by DePuy could be as high as 49%, four times the rate that was reported at the time of the DePuy recall. According to data, uncovered by the British Orthopaedic Association and the British Hip Society, DePuy’s ASR XL Acetabular System failed in 21% of patients after four years and in 49% of patients after six. At least 600 DePuy lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. against the company so far.

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