Archive for October, 2011

Obama to order FDA to help ease drug shortages

President Barack Obama is directing the Food and Drug Administration to take steps to reduce drug shortages, an escalating problem that has endangered patients and raised the possibility of price gouging. Patient deaths have been blamed on the shortages, which tend to affect cancer drugs, anesthetics, drugs used in emergency medicine, and electrolytes needed for intravenous feeding.

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FDA orders Crestor diabetes warning

In 2010, the Food and Drug Administration required the manufacturer of the cholesterol medication Crestor to issue a warning about the drug’s link to type 2 diabetes. Information about a link between Crestor and diabetes was added to the drug’s label in response to the FDA’s request.

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Transvaginal Surgical Mesh Lawsuits Website Launched by Hissey Kientz Law Firm

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website,Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit. The site will serve as a source for legal news and medical information for patients who have experienced complications caused by surgical mesh used in transvaginal repair surgery.

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Children’s Advil, Motrin linked to deadly skin condition

Children who taken ibuprofen drugs may be at risk of Stevens Johnson syndrome and a more serious, related condition. Ibuprofen is found in medications such as Children’s Motrin and Children’s Advil. Stevens Johnson syndrome has also been linked to the use of other medications, as well as among adults.

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Children’s ibuprofen drugs linked to Stevens Johnson syndrome

The use of ibuprofen drugs such as Children’s Motrin or Children’s Advil may increase a child’s risk of Stevens Johnson syndrome or a more serious condition, toxic epidermal necrolysis. These conditions may cause permanent injuries to a child, including blindness, damage to the lungs, chronic fatigue syndrome  or damage to the esophagus or other mucous membranes.

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FDA requiring more data on transvaginal mesh dangers

The Food and Drug Administration is requiring two manufacturers of the transvaginal mesh patch to present more data concerning the safety risks of the device. The agency is requiring Johnson & Johnson and C.R. Bard Inc. to conduct more clinical studies of the surgical mesh patch.

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U.S. in talks to settle Depakote lawsuit over off-label marketing

U.S. Justice Department lawyers are conducting settlement discussions with Abbott Laboratories concerning a Depakote lawsuit filed against the company. The Justice Department alleges that Abbott illegally marketed the drug Depakote for unapproved uses.

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