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Anti-seizure drug Stavzor linked to life threatening liver failure

Posted: April 13, 2014 Pharmaceutical

The anti-seizure and mood-stabilizing drug Stavzor and its derivatives has been linked to serious and sometimes fatal liver failure, and the risk is even greater in children younger than age 2 and patients with mitochondrial disease. The Food and Drug

Merck offers $100 million to settle NuvaRing lawsuits

Posted: April 12, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Plaintiff’s lawyers are meeting in Las Vegas this week to determine whether enough claimants opted in on a $100 million settlement offered by Merck & Co. for its contraceptive NuvaRing, which has been linked to life threatening blood clots.

Antidepressant Effexor recalled due to drug mix-up

Posted: March 10, 2014 Recalls

Some bottles of the antidepressant Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) are being recalled by Pfizer because a pharmacist found a bottle of Effexor capsules contained one capsule of Tikosyn (dofetilide), a medication that treats irregular heartbeats. Unknowingly taking Tikosyn could result

Hundreds of Australian women file transvaginal mesh lawsuit against Johnson and Johnson

Posted: March 3, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Nearly 400 Australian women have filed transvaginal mesh injury lawsuits against Johnson & Johnson in what may be the biggest product liability class action lawsuit in Australian history. The women claim the company’s surgical mesh product used to treat pelvic

Glass particles found in inhaled respiratory treatment

Posted: February 25, 2014 Recalls

Ben Venue Laboratories has issued a nationwide recall of an inhaled Acetylcysteine solution to treat specific respiratory conditions because of the possibility of glass particles in the solution. Inhaling these particles can cause airway obstruction that can lead to choking,

Testing reveals genetic disorder treatment contains wrong drug ingredient

Posted: February 23, 2014 Recalls

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis of recalled lots of Medisca’s L-citrulline, a drug used to treat certain urea cycle disorders, a rare genetic disorder primarily diagnosed in children, revealed that the samples contained N-acetyl-leucine, a product used to

Pluristem Therapeutics applies for Orphan Drug Designation for its severe preeclampsia treatment

Posted: February 22, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Pluristem Therapeutics announced it is requesting Orphan Drug Designation for its PLacental eXpanded (PLX-PAD) cells in the treatment of severe preeclampsia. The designation is given by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to pharmaceutical agents developed specifically to treat rare medical conditions,

$100 million offered to plaintiffs in NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits

Posted: February 15, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands lawsuits alleging the company’s contraceptive device NuvaRing caused life-threatening blood clots. The only caveat is that at least 95 percent of the eligible complainants must opt into the agreement

4 prescription drugs that can be dangerous to your health

Posted: January 28, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Doctors prescribe medication to help relieve symptoms, clear up infections, or prevent or control serious health problems. However, even well-intending drugs can cause serious and even life threatening side effects that people should be aware of. Here’s a list of

FDA warns of fraudulent online pharmacies selling stolen, counterfeit drugs

Posted: January 19, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Websites that illegally sell prescription drugs may not only be selling counterfeit medications and drugs with undisclosed ingredients, they could also put consumers at risk for non-health related issues such as identity theft, computer viruses, and credit card fraud, the