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FDA reviewing possible miscarriage risk with yeast infection med fluconazole

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into whether the yeast infection treatment fluconazole (Diflucan) increases the risk of miscarriage in pregnant women. The safety label currently on the anti-fungal medication states that available data from studies does not suggest an increased risk of pregnancy complications or abnormalities in developing fetuses when women were given a single 150 mg dose of oral fluconazole to treat vaginal yeast infections. However, high doses of oral fluconazole (400-800 mg/day) taken by pregnant women for much longer than a single dose have resulted in reports of abnormalities at birth. A recent ... Read More

FDA advises pregnant women to talk to doctors before taking over-the-counter pain medications

Recent reports have raised concerns about the safety of prescription and over-the-counter pain medications when used during pregnancy. As a result, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) evaluated research studies and determined that there was too little information to make any formal recommendations. Thus, the agency is advising that pregnant women discuss with their doctors all medicines before taking them. Severe and persistent pain that is not effectively treated during pregnancy can cause depression, anxiety and high blood pressure in the mother – which can be dangerous to both pregnant women and developing fetuses. Medicines including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), opioids, ... Read More

Lawsuit against Bayer claims Mirena IUD migrated to rectum

Jennifer Martin was shocked when she learned in September 2012 that she was pregnant. Two months earlier she had gotten a Mirena IUD contraceptive device. An ultrasound confirmed the pregnancy but did not offer any clues as to where the IUD had gone. It was a perplexing mystery, and one that had to be resolved. Shortly after, Jennifer had a miscarriage. A month later, her doctor performed surgery to conduct an extensive search for the IUD among her internal organs, including the liver, spleen and stomach. The intrauterine device was eventually found in her rectum. Bayer Healthcare faces more than ... Read More

Experts worry about skyrocketing prescriptions for antidepressants

The number of prescriptions for antidepressants has reached a record high in the United Kingdom, and experts fear that some people may be unnecessarily exposed to antidepressant side effects. The Health and Social Care Information Centre released the new figures on prescription drugs, which showed antidepressant use had risen by one-third in just a year, and that about four million Britons are taking the drugs each year – twice as many compared to 10 years ago. Representatives from mental health agencies say they worry that people suffering from depression are prescribed drugs as a first-line defense because other forms of ... Read More

Nationwide fruit recall expanded over concerns of Listeria Monocytogenes contamination

A nationwide recall on nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots potentially contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria has been expanded to include additional retailers and store items made with the affected fruit. Cutler, Calif.-based Wawona Packing Co. voluntarily recalled the fruit on July 19 after an Australian importer’s test detected slight levels of the Listeria bacteria on three peaches. Wawona said in a statement that the Listeria it found fell “within tolerance levels” set by the Australian government. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), however, has a zero-tolerance rule for listeria monocytogenes, prompting Wawona to retain a private laboratory to ... Read More

California fruit company issues nationwide recall after finding Listeria contamination

CUTLER, Calif. — A California fruit distributer has recalled several lots of nectarines, peaches, plums, and pluots sent out to retailers nationwide over fears that it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittercamp said that the company was recalling the products after consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Internal testing at Wawona’s Tulare County packing facility in central California found some of the fruit to be contaminated with Listeria, which can cause serious illness and may be fatal to young children the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals ... Read More

Study looks at safety of Reglan as treatment for morning sickness

The acid reflux drug metoclopramide may be a safe and effective morning sickness treatment for pregnant women, a new study suggest. Metoclopramide, also known by the brand name Reglan, is used to treat esophageal reflux disease (GERD), nausea, vomiting and diabetic gastroparesis, a condition in which the stomach digests food too slowly. Researchers looked at data from more than 40,000 women who were given metoclopramide while pregnant and found they were no more likely to have a miscarriage or have a baby with birth defects than women who did not take the drug. About half of all pregnant women experience nausea ... Read More

California plaintiffs allegedly injured by ExxonMobil contamination win appeal

Dozens of personal injury claims filed by former residents of a Los Angeles County public housing complex against ExxonMobil Corp. may go to trial, a California appeals court ruled Sept. 24, reversing a decision of a trial court that found the cases had expired on statute of limitations. Fifty-eight occupants of the Ujima Village Apartments complex who sued ExxonMobil in 2010 after discovering contamination of the land and groundwater at the housing site posed serious health risks argued that those risks weren’t disclosed in 2007, the year county authorities held community meetings to announce future housing options in the event the ... Read More

SSRI use during fertility treatments shows little benefit to mother or fetus

Depressed women taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) who are also undergoing infertility treatment may be more likely not to conceive, to suffer complications with pregnancy, and to have a baby with birth defects, a new meta-analysis shows. Women undergoing infertility treatments often battle depression. A study published in Medical News Today investigated depressed women undergoing infertility treatment and the risks to their fetuses while taking SSRIs. The new meta-analysis took a different approach than past studies, investigating the safety and efficacy of infertile women being treated with SSRIs. Researchers culled through studies and found that SSRI is associated with lowered ... Read More

SSRIs do not hinder growth in infants during first year of life, but may cause other problems

A new, small study suggests that antidepressant use during pregnancy may not hinder an infant’s growth its first year of life, however the drugs have been associated with an increased risk of birth defects, premature birth, learning difficulties and even autism. Commonly used antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, have been the center of much debate when it comes to use by pregnant women. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine the risk to the fetus and the mother. Other studies have looked at the cognitive effects on babies who were exposed to SSRIs before they were ... Read More