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UAB case study links brain bleed to popular energy drink

Energy drinks like Monster, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy continue to show up on the radar of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the agency receives more evidence of illnesses and deaths in people who consumed the products. Now, a team of researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) provides more alarming evidence about the drinks. The researchers have presented the first case study of a patient experiencing a hemorrhagic stroke – or brain bleed – following the consumption of an energy drink. The study, published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, details the case of a 57-year-old ... Read More

Young adults who were treated with growth hormones as children may be at greater risk for stroke

People who received growth hormones as children to treat short stature or hormone deficiency should be aware that they are at an increased risk of stroke caused by burst blood vessels when they become young adults, a team of French and British researchers say. The warning is based on findings from a study published in this week’s issue of the journal Neurology, and applies also to people who misuse the growth hormones to improve athletic performance, for body building and other “questionable reasons.” Growth hormones were approved in the United States in the mid-1980s to treat pituitary gland problems and to ... Read More

Boehringer Ingelheim to pay $650 million to resolve Pradaxa lawsuits

Boehringer Ingelheim announced it will pay $650 million to resolve about 4,000 state and federal lawsuits alleging the company’s blood thinner Pradaxa caused patients to suffer serious bleeding events. Boehringer Ingelheim denied any wrongdoing and said the settlement is being offered to avoid lengthy litigation. The drug company said it expects most, if not all, the plaintiffs to accept the terms of the settlement, and it will vigorously defend itself against those who do not. Pradaxa (dabigatran) was the first drug to be approved from a new class of blood thinners. The drug has been plagued with reports of excessive ... Read More

NuvaRing makers covered up blood clot risks with contraceptive device

Early one morning in June 2008, Lyndsey Agresta, then 27, called her mother and asked for help. She had an unbearable headache and asked her mother to drive her to the emergency room and look after her 5-year-old son. That was when “everything changed,” her mother, Diane Agresta recalls. Doctors discovered bleeding on her brain caused by a blood clot. It was an unusual diagnosis for a young woman, and doctors suspected her NuvaRing contraceptive device likely contributed to the blood clot. Doctors surgically removed two-thirds of Lyndsey’s right cerebral hemisphere, which left her paralyzed and in need of round-the-clock ... Read More

Oversized warfarin tablets lead to product recall

One lot of the popular blood thinner warfarin is being recalled because 2 mg tablets were oversized, which could indicate the medication contains more of the active ingredient than is listed on the drug’s label. An unintended overdose of warfarin increases the risk for potentially deadly bleeding events such as in the gastrointestinal tract or brain. The bleeding risk is increased if overdosing is repeated continuously on a daily basis, which is how warfarin is often prescribed. The recall affects Zydus Pharmaceuticals’ warfarin 2mg tablets from Lot #MM5767 with the expiration date June 2014. The medication is used to prevent ... Read More

SSRIs increase risk of major bleeding events in patients on warfarin

Antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been linked to an increased risk of major bleeding in patients who are also taking the blood thinner warfarin. Warfarin is widely prescribed to treat various conditions including the prevention and treatment of blood clots. The blood thinner has been on the market more than 50 years and already carries a warning for major bleeding, such as gastrointestinal bleeds and intracranial hemorrhage, both of which can be deadly. The new findings were announced earlier this month at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Los Angeles. SSRIs include the brand names Celexa, ... Read More

NZ coroner investigates deaths with blood thinner Pradaxa


New Zealand drug authorities are investigating cases of stomach and brain bleeds from blood thinners used to treat heart conditions. Authorities say the bleeding rates with the medications seen in the country mirror those in other parts of the world. The investigation is being conducted by Medsafe, New Zealand Medicines and Medical Device Safety Authority, a business unit of the Ministry of Health and the authority responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices in New Zealand. The agency says it has received 301 reports associated with serious bleeding events in the past year which are related to the ... Read More