Author Archives: Jennifer Walker-Journey
Was the FDA’s approval of the controversial painkiller Zohydro influenced by drug companies?
Two senators are pushing for an investigation into reports that pharmaceutical companies paid to attend private meetings between Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials and medical professionals in an effort to influence the approval of the controversial new opioid painkiller
Reports of gynecomastia lead to rash of Risperdal side effects lawsuits
Johnson & Johnson’s unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals faces hundreds of Risperdal lawsuits alleging its bipolar drug causes breast development in boys, a condition known as gynecomastia. The lawsuits allege that the drug maker knew Risperdal could cause breast development in boys and
Autopsy finds baby boy poisoned after accidentally eating laundry detergent pods
An autopsy of a 7-month-old Florida boy has confirmed that his death was the result of poisoning after ingesting a laundry detergent packet, the Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s office announced.
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.