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Statin prescriptions – and associated side effects – likely to increase

Cholesterol-lowering statin medications are the fourth most prescribed drugs in America, and that number will likely skyrocket if new guidelines for treating the condition are adopted. The data comes from the Rochester Epidemiology Project, conducted by researchers with Mayo Clinic and Olmsted Medical Center, and funded by the National Institute on Aging and the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. According to the data, nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription medication, and more than half take two. Twenty percent reportedly take five or more prescription medications. The most popular medications prescribed are ... Read More

Few resources give reliable information about safety of medication during pregnancy

Women have few reliable and easy-to-understand resources available to tell them what medications may be harmful to their unborn child if the drugs are used during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found. Women usually search the internet for information about pregnancy in general. However, when CDC researchers examined 25 pregnancy-related websites they found contradictory information about which drugs pose risks to pregnant women or their fetuses. One site listed 22 products as safe that were considered risky on another site. Plus, there was no information to back up safety claims made for 40 percent of ... Read More

GSK to pay an additional $90 million in Avandia heart attack claims

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), makers of the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia, agreed to pay $90 million to settle claims by 37 states and the District of Columbia that the drug company illegally promoted the medication and misled consumers about whether the blockbuster prescription medication caused deadly heart attacks and strokes in order to boost sales. The settlement is yet another financial blow to GSK, which has already paid more than $3 billion to resolve government investigations into questionable marketing of Avandia and other drugs. One of the charges involved the company’s failure to report safety data about Avandia. Avandia is in ... Read More

FDA targets makers of unapproved oxycodone

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is cracking down on companies who peddle unapproved versions of the powerful painkiller oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid that is known by the brand name OxyContin. It is highly addictive and one of the most widely abused drugs in the United States. When used inappropriately, it can be fatal. The FDA says it will take action against all unapproved, single-ingredient, immediate-release products containing oxycodone that are taken orally – including tablets, capsules and oral solutions – and are labeled for human use. OxyContin and generic versions of oxycodone are prescription medications that have been ... Read More

Could SSRIs be contributing to an increase in birth defects?

More babies are born with birth defects in England and Wales than previously thought, according to a recent study from Queen Mary, University of London. At least 14,500 babies were born in 2009 with defects such as congenital heart disease, spina bifida and gastroschisis. That represents more than 2 percent of births, up from previous estimates of 1.3 percent. The data comes from five regional birth defect registries as well as two additional registries specific to particular conditions. The registries cover only about 28 percent of the overall population, and data from other areas beyond England and Wales is missing, ... Read More