Archive for July, 2011

Johnson & Johnson Will Reduce Tylenol Dosage to Decrease Overdoses

Johnson & Johnson will lower the maximum daily dosage in order to lessen acetaminophen overdoses, McNeil Consumer Healthcare said Thursday.  Acetaminophen overdoses have been found to be the leading cause of liver damage. The current dosage of 4,000 mg per day, or eights pills, will be lowered to 3,000 mg per day or six pills.

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Avandia users file lawsuit in Illinois over heart problems

A group of 94 patients who allege they were injured after using the diabetes drug Avandia have filed a lawsuit in Illinois against its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline. Barbara Meier and the other plaintiffs in the Avandia lawsuit allege that suffered heart attacks, congestive heart failure or other cardiovascular injuries after using the drug to treat their diabetes symptoms.

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Antidepressant use during pregnancy may increase birth defects risk

The use of antidepressants such as Paxil and Zoloft may increase a child’s risk of birth defects when taken by women during pregnancy. Paxil and Zoloft are part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which have been linked in multiple studies to an increased risk of birth defects. Other SSRIs include Celexa, Lexapro and Prozac.

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Fosamax may increase cancer risk

The Food and Drug Administration has warned of a potential increased risk of esophageal cancer for patients taking Fosamax and similar drugs. Fosamax is part of a class of drugs know as bisphosphonates, which are intended to prevent symptoms of osteoporosis.

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Total number of DePuy lawsuits reaches 1,000

About 1,000 patients have filed DePuy lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson over problems with their hip replacements, according to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal. These lawsuits have alleged that the company knew about problems with DePuy hip replacements, but failed to properly warn doctors and patients about their health risks.

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Zoloft may increase autism risk in children

Women who use Zoloft or other antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child who develops autism spectrum disorder, a new study has found. According to the study in the Archives of General Psychiatry, women who took Zoloft or other selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) were twice as likely to give birth to a child with autism spectrum disorder.

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Prenatal Exposure to Certain Antidepressants May Modestly Increase Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Mothers of children with ASD were twice as likely to have at least one antidepressant prescription in the year prior to delivery. When compared with women with no antidepressant prescription during the study period, those with a prescription for a SSRI (such as Paxil, Zoloft or Prozac) were more than twice as likely to have a child later diagnosed with ASD.

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