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Estarylla birth control pills recalled due to packaging flaw

One lot of Estarylla birth control pills made by Sandoz is being recalled because a customer found an inactive tablet in a row of active tablets in one pack. The pill packs include blue tablets, or active pills, that contain a combination of the hormones norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol that work to stop ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy. The green pills, sometimes called placebos or sugar pills, contain only inactive ingredients. Sandoz is not aware of any adverse events associated with the recall. The company conducted an internal medical assessment and concluded that the likelihood of adverse health effects is ... Read More

Overly potent prescription painkillers recalled

Bottles of the prescription painkiller hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets made by Qualitest are being recalled because the pills inside may be oversized and could contain higher amounts of the active ingredients. As a result, this could cause serious health problems in some patients. Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets are used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain. The pills should contain 10 milligrams of hydrocodone and 500 milligrams of acetaminophen. Taking more than the intended dose of hydrocodone could increase the severity or frequency of side effects such as sedation or respiratory depression, particularly in patients who are elderly, ... Read More

FDA warns parents not to put sunscreen on young infants

Most parents know the importance of slathering their kids in sunscreen, but the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising parents not to put sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months of age. Babies’ skin is thinner than adults’ and children’s and absorbs the active, chemical ingredients in sunscreen easier. Plus, infants have a higher surface-area to body-weight ratio compared to older children and adults, which means they are more sensitive to exposure to the chemicals in sunscreen. Both of these increase their chances of having an allergic reaction or inflammation. The best approach is to keep infants younger than ... Read More

Lesser expensive generic drugs soon available, but are they safe?

The patents for several of the best-selling prescription medications will be expiring over the next two years, paving the way for drug companies to manufacture and sell less expensive generic versions of the drugs. Among the medications that will likely be matched by a generic competitor are the cholesterol-lowering Lipitor and the blood thinner Plavix. On average, generic drugs cost as much as 20 to 80 percent less than their brand-name equivalents. Generic drugs are what the Food and Drug Administration calls “copies of brand name drugs that have exactly the same dose, intended use, side effects, route of administration, ... Read More

Study suggests inert ingredients in Roundup are extremely hazardous

Recent studies conducted in various laboratories around the world have yielded some disturbing findings that the “inert” ingredients found in common pesticides and herbicides are not as harmless as they were once thought to be. New evidence that emerged recently from studies conducted by the University of Caen in France suggest one ingredient in Roundup, a popular herbicide manufactured by Monsanto of St. Louis, Missouri, can damage and kill human cells. Polyethoxylated tallowamine (POEA), an “inert” ingredient in Roundup, was found to be particularly destructive of human reproductive cells, especially embryonic, placental, and umbilical cord cells. POEA is a substance ... Read More