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Green tea extract can destroy your liver

Green tea is often touted as being good for the heart, and several dietary supplement manufacturers sell products that contain the herbal ingredient. But the experts at Consumer Reports are warning consumers that the green tea extract – found in some diet pills – can have higher concentrations that can be dangerous to consumers, leading to serious and possibly fatal liver damage. Green tea extract contains a type of polyphenols called catechins, which provide antioxidant benefits. But too much catechins can be deadly. Catechins target mitochondria, preventing the body from metabolizing food and turning it into energy. This can lead ... Read More

FDA panel concerned about liver injury, narrowly recommends superbug-fighting antibiotic

An experimental antibiotic designed to fight emerging superbugs when other antibiotics fail narrowly received a recoomendation by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel, over concerns about liver injury. The FDA is not required to follow the recommendations of its advisory panel, but it usually does. Cempra Inc.’s solithromycin is designed to treat a common form of pneumonia that infects more than a million people and kills about 7,000 annually in the U.S. It’s the same pneumonia that sickened U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The FDA published a report on the drug ahead of the advisory panel’s review, saying ... Read More

Imported Scallops Identified As Likely Source of Hawaii’s Hepatitis A Outbreak

Tests conducted U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials have identified scallops imported from the Philippines as the likely source of a Hepatitis A outbreak in Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health said Thursday that the FDA test results showed the presence of the Hepatitis A virus on frozen Sea Port Bay Scallops produced by Filipino company De Oro Resources Inc. and imported by Sea Port Products Inc. in Washington State. Hawaii health officials have confirmed 206 cases of Hepatitis A, making it the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in the state’s history. Most of the cases are concentrated on the island ... Read More

Dietary supplements linked to liver damage, thyroid problems

The vast supply and easy accessibility of dietary supplements in the United States has led to an increase of adverse event reports in connection to these products, particularly the incidence of liver damage, according to the Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR). But a new potential side effect with dietary supplements is emerging – hyperthyroidism, the overproduction of the thyroid gland. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) featured a case study of a 30-year-old woman who was taken to the emergency department after becoming acutely confused, unable to recognize her family, and had repetitive ... 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

Tylenol shown ineffective for back, arthritis pain relief

The popular over-the-counter painkiller Tylenol is no more effective as a placebo in treating back pain, knee or hip pain, or arthritis, according to a systematic review of randomized clinical trials. Tylenol contains the active drug ingredient acetaminophen, which is also available in various OTC brands as well as in greater doses and/or in combination with other drug ingredients in many prescription medications. The review, conducted by Australian researchers, involved three randomized trials that pitted the effects of acetaminophen against a placebo for spinal pain, and 10 trials evaluating the drug for relieving the pain of osteoarthritis. In total, the analysis ... Read More

Acetaminophen as effective as placebo in treating lower back pain

The commonly used painkiller acetaminophen, the same drug in over-the-counter Tylenol, doesn’t relieve lower-back pain any better than a placebo, according to a new study published in the journal The Lancet. Medical guidelines recommend acetaminophen as a first-line treatment for acute lower back pain, however few studies have been conducted to show whether the treatment actually works. Researchers with the University of Sydney in Australia set out to put the painkiller to the test. For the study, researchers randomly assigned more than 1,600 people with sudden, or acute, lower-back pain into three groups. One group took acetaminophen tablets regularly three ... Read More

Pharmacy group wants black box warning added to antibiotic Levaquin

A University of South Carolina pharmacy group is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put the strongest warning possible on Johnson & Johnson’s antibiotic Levaquin alerting consumers about the potential for cellular damage that could lead to serious diseases. The Southern Network on Adverse Reactions, a project of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy, says the public should be aware that the antibiotic commonly prescribed to treat infections can damage mitochondria that reside in the cells, resulting in mitochondrial toxicity, which is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and liver damage. Levaquin, also known as levofloxacin, ... Read More

FDA revokes approval for seven painkillers containing acetaminophen

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revoked approval for seven narcotic painkillers containing acetaminophen, including versions of AbbVie Inc.’s Vicodin. The agency has done this in response to recent concerns about these drugs’ potential of causing liver damage. Just three years earlier, regulators announced a plan to cap the amount of acetaminophen allowed per dose to 325 milligrams. Three versions of Abbvie’s Vicodin that combine acetaminophen and hydrocodone were affected by this. Also, companies such as Actavis Inc., Nesher Pharmaceuticals USA LLC, West-Ward Pharmaceutical Corp, and Leitner Pharmaceuticals LLC, that all made products containing acetaminophen had those product ... Read More

Skin reaction warning added to Excedrin Migraine over-the-counter pain reliever

Safety labels of over-the-counter pain reliever Excedrin Migraine have been updated to include a warning for serious skin reactions, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Symptoms of this allergic reaction include skin reddening, blisters and rash. Consumers who use this medicine and develop a skin reaction are advised to stop use and seek medical attention right away. Excedrine Migraine contains 250 mg acetaminophen, 250 mg aspirin and 65 mg caffeine. This combination of drugs is used to treat pain caused by tension headaches, migraine headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, toothaches, the common cold, and nasal congestion. In 2013, ... Read More