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FDA favors Chantix over Vaping. Why?

Chantix made an appearance in last week’s issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) when one contributor wrote that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged receiving nearly 100 reports of suicide and nearly 200 reports of attempted suicide likely linked to the use of Chantix. Additionally, the FDA also said it is compiling reports of Chantix patients being involved in traffic accidents. The JAMA article prompted doctor and authority on smoking, Michael Siegel, to question why the FDA allows Chantix to remain on the market, especially in light of the agency’s threats to remove all vaping ... Read More

Are antibiotics safe for children?

Most children will develop three respiratory infections every year. Viral infections, such as a cold or flu, will run their course and eventually heal on their own. However, bacterial infections, such as ear infections, strep throat, and pneumonia, must be treated with antibiotics to avoid the risk of them developing into more serious health problems. Before the 1936 discovery sulfanilamide and the 1941 discovery of penicillin, bacterial infections often transmuted into more serious conditions. Ear infections sometimes spread to the brain, causing meningitis. Strep throat sometimes turned into rheumatic fever. And pneumonia, left untreated, sometimes became an infection of the ... Read More

Justice Dept. hits Pfizer with $2.3 billion in fines and civil penalties

With the nation’s healthcare system groaning under epic pressure, you would think that the pharmaceutical giants would be a little more judicious in the way they promote their drugs and sell them to federal, state, and municipal government programs. Perhaps they will be, now that the United States Department of Justice has slapped Pfizer with a record $2.3 billion fine for defrauding the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Pfizer has agreed to pay $1.3 billion in criminal penalties to the Justice Department for its illegal promotion of Bextra, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to treat arthritis and menstrual pain. Pfizer followed ... Read More

USP updates standards for heparin

A recent report in Huliq News documents efforts by the U.S. Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention to improve the safety of blood thinner heparin by revising its written and physical standards for the drug. The update comes at the request of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) following a 2008 public health crisis when more than 200 people died after being administered contaminated heparin. According to its web site, U.S. Pharmacopeia is an official public standards-setting authority for all prescription and over-the-counter medicines and other health care products manufactured in the United States. It is a non-governmental, not-for-profit public health organziation ... Read More

Historic food safety legislation passes House

This week the House of Representatives passed legislation representing what would be the largest overhaul of the food safety system in American history. The measure passed the House 283 to 142 with nearly all Democrats and about half of Republicans voting in favor. The Senate is expected to review the bill in the fall after its recess. Food safety has been a top priority for the U.S. government in modern times, but a slew of recent salmonella and E. Coli outbreaks threw open the curtains on a food safety system that has become dangerously inadequate and lax across the board, ... 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

Are vaping devices too good to be true?

I have that “born late” feeling. I quit smoking before I had a chance to vape nicotine, the latest and most overtly sci-fi smoking cessation tool to come along in my lifetime. My first attempt to quit smoking was in 1989, 4 years after I started smoking, when my college roommate yanked a brand-new pack of smokes out of my hand and chucked them to the middle of a retaining pond near our New Mexico State dorm. I had given Keith my permission to do that or something like it “if you ever catch me with a pack of cigarettes ... Read More

Reglan side effects leave young boy with serious movement disorder

When Joey* was two months old, he was prescribed Reglan (known generically as metoclopramide) and took the medication for two years. When Joey turned 5, he began blinking his eyes uncontrollably. Less than two years later, he was still blinking uncontrollably but he also began jerking his head. “The doctors at first thought my son had Tourette’s syndrome,” says Joey’s mother on a post on iGuard about Reglan. “But now after knowing the side effects of Reglan they are starting to think he has permanent Tardive Dyskinesia.” Earlier this year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a black box ... Read More