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Pediatric Opioid Deaths Tripled Over Last Two Decades

When it comes to the lives of children, prescription opioids have a lot in common with loaded guns. Both opioids and guns in the home pose a serious risk of injury and death to children and teens, and both are responsible for hundreds of accidental deaths every year. But unlike weapons, prescription opioid drugs in the home are a relatively new threat, and a new Yale analysis of U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows how big the problem has grown. The study’s authors, from the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics, found that opioid overdose ... Read More

Tiger Woods Arrested With DUI After Falling Asleep at the Wheel

A police officer in Jupiter, Florida, found Tiger Woods asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes, which was idling on the side of a road near his home early Monday morning. According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Jupiter road patrol officer Matthew Palladino found the golf legend buckled into his 2015 Mercedes at 4:22 a.m. The car was running, its brake lights were illuminated, and the right signal was flashing when officer Palladino found him, about eight miles from his waterfront home. Mr. Woods was confused and “had extremely slowed and slurred speech,” the police report noted. When awakened, Mr. ... Read More

Republicans propose massive changes to FDA oversight of drugs, medical devices

House Republicans want to dramatically overhaul the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) regulation of prescription drugs and medical devices, tripling patent protection for brand-name drugs, stripping detailed safety information from promotional materials, cutting some of the red tape in clinical trials, and expediting approval of medical devices. The 400-page draft bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Initiative, comes after nine months of meetings from both parties on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The guidance is designed to modernize FDA oversight of drugs and medical devices, and regulations. While both parties offered input, most of the priorities come from ... Read More

FDA issues new rule on labeling medication for pregnancy, breastfeeding

New guidelines have been set for how information about using medications during pregnancy and lactation is listed on prescription drugs and biological products to better communicate risks and benefits of using these medical products during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The new guidelines, established by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) replace the decades-old product letter categories – A, B, C, D and X – that have been used to classify risks of prescription drugs during pregnancy. The new format involves three detailed subsets that describe the risks within the real-world context of caring for pregnant women who may need medication. FDA ... Read More

DEA introduces new drug take-back program to combat prescription drug abuse

A new Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rule aims to combat a growing epidemic of prescription drug addiction and abuse by authorizing pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and others to serve as drop-off sites for unused prescription medications. Attorney General Eric Holder said that the new regulation will help save lives and protect families from the dangers of prescription drug misuse. In 2011, unintentional prescription drug overdoses accounted for more than half of the 41,300 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. Prescription opioids, which are increasingly prescribed for pain relief, are particularly addictive and likely to be abused. Opioid pain killer overdose caused ... Read More

FDA considers toning down side effects disclaimers on prescription drug ads

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering overhauling regulations for television and radio advertisements for prescription drugs, possibly reducing the long list of potential side effects in an effort not to tune out or scare off consumers. Drug manufacturers are required to disclose major adverse reactions to the drugs they are promoting in their advertisements. In some cases, the rundown of side effects consumes a large portion of the ad itself, which the FDA worries may leave viewers a bit glassy eyed and oblivious to the message. Those potential side effects can also sound alarming – in some cases ... Read More

5 health products that are dangerous to women

Medical devices, prescription drugs, and even consumer products offer unique benefits to women. But sometimes they can cause unexpected harm. Here are some products that women should use with caution: 1. Talcum powder – It might sound far-fetched, but women who apply baby powder or body powder regularly to their genitals are a third more likely to develop ovarian cancer than women who do not use the product. Talcum powder, derived from talc, contains various elements, including asbestos, which is a known carcinogen. Researchers say the powder when applied to the genitals can travel up the vagina through the uterus ... Read More

4 prescription drugs that can be dangerous to your health

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 commonly prescribed medications and their potential adverse effects. 1. Type 2 diabetes drugs – Diabetics rely on these drugs to help keep their blood sugar levels in check. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to serious health consequences including heart disease, kidney disease, dementia and neuropathy, to name a few. But these drugs can carry cancer risks. Studies have linked the widely ... Read More

FDA warns of fraudulent online pharmacies selling stolen, counterfeit drugs

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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The FDA is working with national and international regulatory and law enforcement agencies to crack down on illegal pharmacy websites, and wants consumers to be aware of these fraudulent companies when ordering medications online, particularly websites that claim to be Canadian pharmacies. In June, the agency announced that 1,677 illegal pharmacy websites had been ... Read More

FDA new rule would make generic drug companies accountable for safety of their drugs

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking a new rule to close a loophole that prevents manufacturers of generic drugs from adequately warning patients of potentially harmful side effects, and the public is encouraged to weigh in on the plan. About 80 percent of all prescription drugs sold today are generic versions of brand-name drugs. Generics are required to bear the same safety labels as their branded counterparts. However, manufacturers of generic drugs cannot by law independently update their labels if the company becomes aware of new information about the drug, nor can they be held accountable if their ... Read More