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FDA likely to approve medical device designed to prevent strokes in atrial fibrillation patients

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel specializing on circulatory system devices has voted overwhelmingly to recommend approval to Boston Scientific’s Watchman left atrial appendage closure device designed to prevent strokes in patients who suffer from a common irregular heart rhythm condition known as atrial fibrillation. The panel agreed in three separate 13-1 votes that the device was effective, safe, and that the benefits out weighed the risks. The FDA is not required to follow the advice of its expert panels, however it usually does. And, the agency is expect to approve the device. The big question is whether ... Read More

New study shows energy drinks can raise blood pressure, cause abnormal heart rhythm

A new study shows that energy drinks, such as Red Bull, Monster, and 5-Hour Energy, may increase blood pressure and cause erratic heartbeat. The new study is an analysis of seven previous studies, and was presented this week at the American Heart Association meeting in New Orleans. The data showed that high energy drinks disturb the heart’s rhythm which, over time, may raise blood pressure and cause an irregular heartbeat, which can be deadly. Energy drinks are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Caffeinated drinks, such as sodas, can have as much as 71 milligrams of caffeine per 12 ounces, ... Read More

FDA to consider heart device to prevent strokes in atrial fibrillation patients

A heart device designed to prevent strokes in patients with the heart rhythm abnormality atrial fibrillation works just as well as a currently available and widely used drug, a key study found. Patients who have atrial fibrillation experience abnormal heart rhythms that can cause the blood in the chambers of the heart to pool. Clots can form in this pooled blood and travel to the brain, causing a stroke. Patients with the condition are typically given blood thinners to prevent strokes. Warfarin has been the long-used anticoagulant for atrial fibrillation patients, until 2010, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... Read More

Newer blood thinners may increase risk of brain bleeds

Merck’s experimental blood thinner Vorapaxar shows promise in significantly reducing the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke, but the associated risk of hemorrhage has some experts wondering if the drug will make it past United States drug regulators. Vorapaxar is an anti-platelet medicine that works differently that aspirin or the popular warfarin (Coumadin). It is in a new class of medications known as thrombin receptor antagonists, which work by stopping a process that normally allows the blood’s platelets to stick together and form clots. The medication is designed to prevent heart attacks and strokes and was tested in ... Read More

Drug company lowers price of controversial blood thinner Pradaxa

Boehringer Ingelheim has announced it is reducing the cost of its oral blood thinner, Pradaxa (dabigatran etexilate), in the UK by 13 percent, a move that the company hopes will encourage the National Health Service (NHS) to make sure the medicine is available to all eligible patients. Pradaxa was recently approved in the UK for the prevention of strokes and systemic embolism in adult patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF), a type of abnormal heart rhythm, with one or more risk factors. It was approved in the US in October 2010. Pradaxa is in a class of blood thinners known ... Read More

FDA warns adults not to overindulge in black licorice

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has a word of warning during this season of abundant candy. Too much black licorice can be hazardous to your health. It’s true. You really can overdose on the old fashioned treat. If you’re 40 or older, eating a mere 2 ounces of black licorice a day for at least two weeks could trigger irregular heart rhythm or arrhythmia. It’s caused by the compound glycyrrhizin, which is the sweetening compound derived from the licorice root. Glycyrrhizin can cause potassium levels in the body to fall, which can cause some people to experience abnormal heart ... Read More

FDA issues warning about SSRI Celexa in higher doses

Another drug from a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is being called out by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of serious injuries. Celexa, or citalopram hydrobromide, a drug used to treat major depression and off-label to treat various anxiety disorders, has been linked to potentially life threatening heart rhythms when used at higher doses. The FDA’s recent communication adds more concern about the safety of a type of drug that some argue is too heavily prescribed. Among the other concerns about SSRIs is their effect on unborn children when taken by pregnant women. ... Read More

Lawsuits against Darvon/Darvocet climb as more victims come forward

Attorneys are currently investigating cases of life threatening health problems caused by the popular painkillers Darvon and Darvocet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled the drugs from the market late last year after studies linked use of the drugs to abnormal heart rhythms that in some cases resulted in sudden death. Darvon, which has the active ingredient propoxyphene, was approved for the treatment of mild to moderate pain in 1957. Shortly afterward propoxyphene was combined with acetaminophen under the brand name Darvocet, and marketed for similar use. When the patent for propoxyphen expired, generic versions of Darvon and Darvocet ... Read More