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Infant dies after accidentally ingesting liquid nicotine

An infant who accidentally ingested liquid nicotine commonly used in e-cigarettes has died, and the American Association of Poison Control Centers is sounding an alarm warning that just one teaspoon of liquid nicotine could be lethal to a child, and even small amounts could result in severe illness requiring emergency treatment. Authorities did not know if the liquid nicotine the baby ingested was from e-cigarettes, adding that the incident, which occurred in upstate New York, appeared to be an accident and no foul play was expected. As e-cigarettes have grown in popularity in the United States, however, so have the ... Read More

Heart association warns of cardiovascular risks with testosterone replacement therapy

Lawsuits have been mounting against manufacturers of testosterone replacement therapy after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it was launching an investigation into reports of cardiovascular events and deaths in patients who had taken the drugs. “The lawsuits began trickling, and then pouring, into courthouses nationally after the (FDA) in February said it was reassessing the safety of testosterone replacement drugs, and would investigate rates of stroke, heart attack and death in men using the products. At least two major studies have shown an increase in the danger,” the association reported in blog.heart.org. Testosterone replacement therapy products are available by prescription ... Read More

Endo to acquire new testosterone replacement treatment Natesto

Just days after Endo International agreed to pay $400 million to settle thousands of lawsuits alleging its transvaginal mesh device was defective and caused women injuries, the company announced it has entered an agreement to acquire the rights to Natesto, a testosterone replacement treatment in the form of a nasal gel, from Trimel BioPharma SRL. The transaction is expected to be completed by early 2015. Endo is one of several manufacturers of transvaginal mesh facing litigation. The devices are used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence. They have been associated with serious injuries including erosion, organ protrusion, ... Read More

Europe’s drug authority considers heart risks with testosterone replacement therapy

European drug regulators are weighing whether the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy are worth the risk of life threatening cardiovascular events. Testosterone therapy, such as AbbVie’s AndroGel, is approved in both the United States and Europe for the treatment of hypogondaism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough testosterone. This can cause symptoms such as low sex drive and muscle loss. In recent years, makers of testosterone treatments have heavily marketed the drugs directly to consumers, asking men if they suffer from what they deem symptoms of “Low-T” – weight gain, fatigue, and general grumpiness. The campaign was ... Read More

Drug companies promised men ‘fountain of youth’ with testosterone drugs

Drug maker AbbVie saw great potential in its testosterone replacement therapy AndroGel. The drug has been on the market since 1953 to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the body does not produce enough of the hormone testosterone due to injury or disease of the pituitary gland, hypothalamus or testes. This can adversely affect sex drive and muscle mass. Low testosterone levels also occur naturally as men age, which likely started to get the minds of profit-seeking drug makers cranking. And then there was Viagra, the erectile dysfunction drug launched in 1998. Within five years it was a blockbuster drug ... Read More

Educational ‘Low T’ website leaves out information about testosterone side effects

AbbVie, maker of the testosterone treatment Androgel, wants to help men determine if they are “one of the millions of men who have Low T,” so they put together an online questionnaire as a guide. Do you have a decrease in libido (sex drive)? Lack of energy? Decrease in strength and/or endurance? Have you lost height? Noticed a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports? Fall asleep after dinner? Has there been a recent deterioration in your work performance? A decrease in your enjoyment of life? Are your erections less strong? Are you sad and/or grumpy? Men who answer ... Read More

Man says Androgel testosterone treatment caused his heart attack

Charles Littleton of Douglasville, Ga., was active all his life, but when he reached his 50s, fatigue set in. He just wasn’t the man he used to be. That’s when he saw a commercial for Androgel, a synthetic testosterone that advertised it could improve symptoms associated with so-called “Low T,” such as low libido, weight gain, fatigue and muscle loss. He made an appointment with his doctor, who readily prescribed him the drug. Nine months later, Littleton suffered a heart attack. A lesion was found in his right coronary artery. On a hunch, Littleton got off the testosterone supplement, and ... Read More

Laundry detergent pods sicken thousands of children each year

Laundry detergent pods mistaken for candy and ingested by children were the source of more than 17,000 poison center calls and 700 hospital visits in the past two years due to illnesses, some serious enough to cause seizures, coma and death, according to new research. The incidents involved children younger than 6, and most weren’t seriously harmed. However, 144 suffered eye injuries, 30 went into comas, 12 had seizures, and last year one infant died after ingesting the packets of laundry detergent. The packets are often brightly colored and can be easily mistaken for candy. Researchers say the report shows that ... Read More

Testosterone side effects could slow sales of testosterone replacement therapy products

Concerns of testosterone side effects, particularly the cardiovascular risks associated with testosterone replacement therapies, could slow skyrocketing sales of the drugs, analysts predict. Testosterone treatments are used to treat low testosterone levels in men due to injury or defect, a condition known as hyopgonadism. The drugs, which include the widely prescribed Androgel and Testim, have been heavily promoted by drug companies in recent years, asking men if they suffered from low libido, weight gain, fatigue and muscle loss – symptoms that could suggest low testosterone levels, a condition these drug companies named “Low T.” In response, men marched into doctors’ offices asking ... Read More

Class of painkillers linked to increased risk of death from stroke

A class of anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve pain due to inflammation have been linked to an increased risk of death from stroke, according to a new study published online in the journal Neurology. Cyclooygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors are a form of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) that directly target COX-2, an enzyme responsible for inflammation and pain. They are often used to treat pain after surgery as well as arthritis pain, menstrual cramps, and pain from noncancerous colon polyps. Currently marketed drugs in this class include the brand names Bextra (valdecoxib) and Celebrex (celecoxib), and also include the painkiller Vioxx (rofecoxib), which ... Read More