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18 neurology patients exposed to fatal, degenerative brain disease

Eighteen patients in North Carolina may have been exposed to a rare but deadly brain disease while undergoing surgery with contaminated surgical equipment. The 18 patients underwent brain surgery within the past three weeks, during which surgeons used tools that had not been sufficiently sanitized after they were used on a patient on Jan. 18 who later tested positive for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD). CJD is a rapidly degenerative and incurable neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease. It causes dementia, blindness, involuntary movements and coma. The disease kills 90 percent of infected patients within a year after symptoms begin. However, it ... Read More

Fifteen people exposed to deadly mad cow-like disease from surgical equipment

Fifteen people in three states have been warned by hospital officials that they may have been exposed to a rare but deadly brain disease after undergoing surgery with contaminated surgical equipment. The concern stems from a now-deceased patient who had brain surgery at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H. in May. He is suspected to have had Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, CJD, a rapidly degenerating and incurable neurological disorder similar to mad cow disease. A true diagnosis cannot be made without an autopsy; Results are expected in a few weeks. The patient was treated using a guided imaging navigational system made by ... Read More

Cholesterol drugs may help ease symptoms of Rett Syndrome

Cholesterol-lowering statins may help treat symptoms associated with a debilitating disease affecting girls; however, they may also increase the risk for developing type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women. Statins, including the widely prescribed Lipitor, are used by millions of people around the world. A new study suggest that the drug could help relieve symptoms from Rett Syndrome. The neurological disorder affects only girls and is generally diagnosed during the preschool years as toddlers miss developmental milestones. The disease is regressive and many girls have seizures, orthopedic and severe digestive symptoms. Breathing and other autonomic impairments are also common. Those with Rett Syndrome ... Read More

Lesser expensive generic drugs soon available, but are they safe?

The patents for several of the best-selling prescription medications will be expiring over the next two years, paving the way for drug companies to manufacture and sell less expensive generic versions of the drugs. Among the medications that will likely be matched by a generic competitor are the cholesterol-lowering Lipitor and the blood thinner Plavix. On average, generic drugs cost as much as 20 to 80 percent less than their brand-name equivalents. Generic drugs are what the Food and Drug Administration calls “copies of brand name drugs that have exactly the same dose, intended use, side effects, route of administration, ... Read More

Supreme Court ruling protects generic drug companies

Makers of generic drugs are not required to warn patients if they receive reports of new side effects from the drugs, according to a new Supreme Court decision. This ruling protects generic drug makers from being sued under state liability laws for failing to warn patients of these new dangers. Comparatively, makers of brand-name drugs are required to report any adverse events associated with their medications to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These possible side effects are included in an FDA-approved safety label that tells doctors and patients of the possible adverse events. The brand-name drug company has exclusive ... Read More

Experimental gastroparesis drug to be presented at medical conference

A new medication may soon be available for patients who suffer from advanced gastroparesis, or delayed emptying of the stomach contents. Tranzyme Pharma is presenting data on its experimental drug ulimorelin later this month at the 2010 Joint International Meeting in Neurogastroenterology and Motility in Boston, Mass. The presentation, entitled, “Ulimorelin (ghrelin agonist) effects on daily vomiting due to diabetic gastroparesis,” summarizes the effects of ulimorelin in patients with daily, moderate to severe vomiting. Individuals with severe gastroparesis face frequent hospitalizations and emergency room admissions due to recurrent nausea and vomiting, which are often associated with dehydration, malnutrition and weight ... Read More

Reglan (metoclopramide) jury trial to begin next week

An Atlanta woman is suing Pliva, Inc., makers of the prescription heartburn medication metoclopramide, alleging that the drug company failed to adequately warn physicians of the long-term risks involved with taking metoclopramide. Susan Swicegood says metoclopramide caused her to suffer from a debilitating neurological disorder known as Tardive Dyskinesia, which involves involuntary muscular movements. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, and will be heard by a jury next week. According to the complaint, Swicegood was prescribed 10 mg Reglan to be taken four times daily. Reglan is the brand name ... Read More

Long-term use of Reglan can cause serious neurological problems

For nine years, Valerie (not her real name) was prescribed and took Reglan (metoclopramide) to control her acid reflux. The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the 1980s to treat various digestive tract conditions such as severe heartburn and gastroparesis, or the delayed emptying of the stomach contents. As the drug became more widely prescribed, the FDA began receiving reports that the drug may cause a neurological disorder. Despite the warning signs, it took the FDA almost 30 years to investigate and act. In that time, more and more patients were developing a serious involuntary ... Read More