Antipsychotic drugs, Risperdal side effects in children include breast development in boys
An Ohio agency whose mission is to promote proper use of psychiatric medications in young children is taking aim at a subset of psychotropic drugs known as atypical antipsychotics such as Risperdal and Abilify, both of which were initially developed
Antidepressant Effexor recalled due to drug mix-up
Some bottles of the antidepressant Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) are being recalled by Pfizer because a pharmacist found a bottle of Effexor capsules contained one capsule of Tikosyn (dofetilide), a medication that treats irregular heartbeats. Unknowingly taking Tikosyn could result
FDA approves long-lasting injectable testosterone therapy despite protests
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new long-lasting testosterone treatment for men despite protests from consumer watchdog Public Citizen to delay it’s decision until the agency has had a chance to review studies that show testosterone replacement
FDA cracks down on compounding pharmacies, issuing warning letters for unsanitary practices
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is coming down hard on compounding pharmacies, issuing warning letters for unsanitary conditions and producing drugs without individual prescriptions. The action comes four months after congress passed the Drug Quality and Security Act, which
HeartMate safety advisory: Deaths, injuries linked to heart devices
Cardiology patients who have a HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller device should contact their doctors immediately about a system defect that has already resulted in four deaths and five injuries.
Sagent Pharmaceuticals recalls Zoledronic Acid bone treatment
Sagent Pharmaceuticals is recalling two lots of Zoledronic Acid Injection, a drug used to treat high blood calcium levels, because four leaking premix bags were detected during an investigation spurred by a product complaint. The leaking bags pose a sterility
Brain damage does not always cause symptoms in military veterans
Military veterans who have been exposed to blasts from bombs or grenades may still have brain damage even if they have no symptoms, according to a study published this month in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.
States launch investigation into injuries caused by Endo transvaginal mesh devices
Two weeks after Endo health Solutions announced it expects to spend at least $520 million to settle product liability lawsuits primarily dealing with its line of transvaginal mesh products, the company reported that it is now facing investigations from several
$100 million settlement for fungal meningitis victims expected soon
Victims of the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid shots could receive a share of a $100 million multidistrict litigation settlement if trustees with the now-bankrupt New England Compounding Center (NECC) and other parties complete a proposed deal.