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Study links blood pressure medications to cancer

Some of the most popular blood pressure medications in the United States may cause cancer, according to a new analysis of clinical trial data. But experts are quick to point out the results of the study are not definitive and that consumers should not take any harsh measures before first discussing the risk and benefits of taking the medication with their health care professional. The drugs in question include Micardis from Boehringer Ingelheim, Diovan from Novartis, Benicar from Daiichi Sankyo, and Merck’s generic Cozaar. Just last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was looking into Benicar (olmesrtan) ... Read More

FAA Bans Chantix

The Wall Street Journal reported in its Health Blog on May 21 that the Federal Aviation Administration has banned the stop-smoking drug Chantix for pilots and air traffic controllers. According to the report, Pfizer’s smoking-cessation drug Chantix came in for a bit more trouble as a research group cited reports of physical side effects associated with the drug. The FAA, which reviewed the report, barred pilots and air traffic controllers from taking the drug, the WSJ reports. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices examined adverse-event reports turned into the FDA in the fourth quarter of last year, and found 988 ... Read More