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Public Citizen takes aim at diet pills Alli, Xenical

The consumer watchdog group that nearly four decades ago first warned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the painkiller Darvocet should be banned from the market because it was killing people, has taken aim at a diet pill. Public Citizen has petitioned the FDA to take a closer look at side effects caused by orlistate, the weight loss drug sold over-the-counter under the brand name Alli and by prescription in higher doses under the name Xenical. The group says it pored through the FDA’s public database of serious side effects to drugs and identified 47 cases of acute pancreatitis ... Read More

Public Citizen raised flags about Darvocet, now warns of Alli, Xenical

Consumer watchdog group Public Citizen was the first to raise concerns about the safety of propoxyphene, the active ingredient in the brand-name drugs Darvocet and Darvon. The group petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) twice since the prescription painkiller was introduced more than 50 years ago. Public Citizen claimed the drug had a sketchy track record for efficacy and that patients were needlessly dying from accidental overdoses while taking the drug. The FDA opted to keep propoxyphene-containing drugs on the market, but did agree to put stronger warnings on the product’s safety label. Still, Public Citizen urged, it was ... Read More

New study finds HRT increases women’s risk for kidney stones

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is blamed for increasing a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, heart attacks and strokes. Now, a new research study shows the pills also increase women’s risk of developing painful kidney stones. The landmark government research studied 24,000 postmenopausal women taking either HRT or placebo, and found that women on HRT were 21 percent more likely to develop kidney stones over a five-year period. The risks were equal among women taking Prempro, pills containing estrogen plus progestin, and Premarin, estrogen-only pills. Comparatively, studies show that overall about 6 percent of postmenopausal women develop kidney stones. ... Read More