New study shows increased risk of autism in children exposed to SSRIs in utero
Children exposed to antidepressants in their mother’s womb are more likely to develop autism than children who were not exposed to the drugs, a new study suggests. The study identified the risk with both selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and
FDA rejects drug maker’s request to block generic versions of opioid painkiller
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has vowed to crack down on powerful opioid painkillers that are easily abused and misused; however, the agency this week voted to deny a request by drug maker Endo Health Solutions to block generic
Sleeping pills land more people in emergency room than ever before
The popular prescription sleep medication Ambien and others that contain the active ingredient zolpidem are sending an increasing number of people to the emergency room, a new study has found.
Children on dialysis living longer than in years past
Children on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease have a much lower risk of dying than they did 20 years ago, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
SSRI use during fertility treatments shows little benefit to mother or fetus
Depressed women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) who are also undergoing infertility treatment may be more likely not to conceive, to suffer complications with pregnancy, and to have a baby with birth defects, a new meta-analysis shows.
Drug company fined $500 million for impure manufacturing practices
Generic drug maker Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited was found guilty of violating the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act and ordered to pay $500 million in fines and civil penalties for selling impure drugs and lying about tests on the products
Victims of transvaginal mesh hold rally to raise awareness
Victims of transvaginal mesh rallied outside Saskatoon City Hospital in Canada this week to raise awareness of the dangerous side effects that can occur from surgical mesh used to treat common pelvic floor conditions including stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ
Woman’s bone disease linked to Mirena IUD
A 33-year-old woman who used the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) for birth control for about six months developed a serious bone disease that left her disabled. The Mirena IUD was considered the primary source of her condition, according to researchers
Newborn’s long list of birth defects blamed on antidepressant Zoloft
Use of the antidepressant Zoloft during pregnancy is considered the primary cause of a long list of serious birth defects in a newborn. The case was reported last year to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting Program,