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Infants’ ibuprofen drops recalled due to higher concentrations

Six lots of generic Ibuprofen Oral Suspension Drops for infants manufactured by Tris Pharma Inc., and sold at CVS Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, and Family Dollar are being recalled because some units may contain a higher levels of ibuprofen concentration. Some bottles of the ibuprofen concentrate were found to contain as much as 10 percent above the limit specified on the packaging. Infants who are already susceptible to ibuprofen side effects may be at a slightly higher risk if they are given a higher concentration of the medication from an affected bottle. For example, these babies may be more vulnerable to ... Read More

Ibuprofen linked to male infertility

Ibuprofen use in young men could cause fertility problems later in life, according to a study conducted by a team of French and Danish researchers. Ibuprofen is a common anti-inflammatory and painkiller that’s sold by prescription as well as over-the-counter under the brand names Advil and Motrin, made by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, respectively. The new study is a continuation of a research project that began with exploring the effects common, over-the-counter painkillers have on pregnant women. Medicines included in the research were aspirin, acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol and sold under the brand name Tylenol), and ibuprofen. The ... Read More

Heart risks added to safety label of Children’s Motrin

The labeling of over-the-counter Children’s Motrin has been updated to include a new warning regarding an increased risk of deadly heart attacks, heart failure and strokes, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Children’s Motrin, like Motrin for adults, contains ibuprofen, a painkiller from a family of drugs called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Other drugs in this class include Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). NSAIDs are sold both over-the-counter and by prescription. The new warning states: “Heart attack and stroke warning: NSAIDs, except aspirin, increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke. These can be fatal. ... Read More

Anti-inflammatory painkillers linked to cardiac arrest

Commonly used anti-inflammatory painkillers have been linked to an increased risk of cardiac arrest, according to a research published in the European Heart Journal – Cardiovascular Pharmacotherapy. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, are widely available both over-the-counter and by prescription and include ibuprofen (sold OTC as Advil) and naproxen (sold OTC as Aleve). “Previous studies have shown that NSAIDs are related to increased cardiovascular risk which is a concern because they are widely used,” said the study’s lead author Professor Gunnar H. Gislason, professor of cardiology at Copenhagen University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark. “Allowing these drugs to be purchased without ... Read More

Long-term use of Advil, Tylenol linked to hearing loss

Using common over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol for an extended period of time may contribute to hearing loss, according to a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers examined data regarding use of aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil) and acetaminophen (Tylenol), as well as self-reported hearing loss, of more than 54,000 women between the ages of 48 and 73 enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study. They found that longer duration of ibuprofen or acetaminophen use was tied to a greater risk of hearing loss. The increased risk was not seen with aspirin use. Longer duration was defined as ... Read More

NSAIDs linked to increased risk of heart failure hospitalizations

A new case-controlled study has linked commonly used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to an increased risk of heart failure hospitalizations. NSAIDs are sold both over-the-counter and by prescription to relieve pain and inflammation, lower fever, and reduce swelling. They include popular brands such as Advil and Aleve, and are known chemically as diclofenac, ibuprofen, indomethacin, ketorolac, naproxen, nimesulide, piroxicam, etoricoxib, and rofecoxib. The study using data from the European national health care databases showed that use of any drug in this class in the previous 14 days was associated with a 19 percent increased risk of hospital admission for heart failure ... Read More

Plaintiffs gear up for Tylenol liver damage lawsuit

Plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary McNeil-PPC Inc. in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) claiming the companies’ popular over-the-counter painkiller Tylenol caused liver damage, filed a motion to stop the defendants from testifying that their own family members have taken the medicine. The plaintiffs steering committee (PSC) argued that allowing such testimony would only prejudice juries. Plaintiffs cited a March 2014 ruling in a different lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson involving the OTC painkiller Motrin and the risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome. In that case, a Louisiana federal court granted a plaintiff’s request ... Read More

Woman suffers Stevens Johnson Syndrome, burning ‘from inside out’ after taking a friend’s medication

A young mother is fighting for her life after taking a friend’s prescription antibiotic and suffering an allergic reaction that doctors say is causing her to burn from the inside out. Yassmeen Castanada took the antibiotic on Thanksgiving to help ward off a sickness she felt coming on. But shortly afterward her eyes, nose and throat began to burn. She was rushed to the emergency room where her condition progressed. Within days, blisters covered her body and her skin began to peel off in sheets, causing excruciating pain and exposing her to life-threatening infection. The diagnosis – Stevens Johnson Syndrome ... Read More

Naproxen recall issued due to packaging mix-up

Thousands of boxes of the over-the-counter painkiller Naproxen Sodium are being recalled because some cartons actually contain bottles of ibuprofen, a different pain reliever. The naproxen recall, initiated by Contract Packaging Resources, involves 11,640 boxes of Assured brand Naproxen Sodium Tablets 220mg, 15 count with the Lot #FH4102A and SKU #122368/UPC #639277223685. The boxes contain bottles of ibuprofen softgels in 200mg. The mix-up could cause problems for consumers who intentionally avoid using ibuprofen due to allergies or other medical conditions. Allergic reactions can range from mild irritation or hives to serious reactions such as anaphylaxes that may be life-threatening. Contract ... Read More

McNeil loses appeal on $10 million Children’s Motrin judgment

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary McNeil-PPC failed to convince the Pennsylvania Superior Court to overturn a $10 million verdict alleging the company’s Children’s Motrin caused a girl to develop a life threatening condition that burned her skin and caused her to go blind. McNeil argued that there was no evidence to show that the company’s failure to warn consumers of the risk of the serious allergic reaction on the drug’s safety label led to the the girl’s injuries. Brianna Maya was 3 when her mother gave her Children’s Motrin over the course of four days to treat a fever and cough. ... Read More