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Adverse events linked to misuse of IV training solutions

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Numerous patients have fallen ill and one died after receiving infusions of saline products intended for training purposes and not for human use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. The products involve Wallcur’s simulated intravenous (IV) saline solutions, which were inadvertently distributed to medical clinics, surgical centers and urgent care facilities in numerous states. More than 40 patients were injected with the IV training solutions, and many experienced adverse events including fever, chills, tremors and headaches. Some patients were hospitalized, and one death has been associated with use of the product though the CDC says it is ... Read More

Book links Lipitor to memory problems, dementia

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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, may gradually degrade the brain by depriving it of cholesterol, causing memory problems, dementia and other cognitive problems, according to the book Lipitor: Thief of Memory. The book, written by Dr.Duanne Graveline, M.D., chronicles the former astronaut and aerospace medical research scientist’s own horrific experience with statins and how he says the drugs caused him to suffer two transient global amnesia events and chronic neuropathy. Graveline’s theory is also explained by his good friend Dr. David Brownstein, who wrote in a blog about how statins work by poisoning an enzyme known ... Read More

FDA to push drugmakers to provide latest drug safety information electronically

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Pharmaceutical companies must provide health care providers with the latest available drug safety information via real-time electronic updates, according to a new rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “This would ensure that the most up-to-date version of the prescribing information is available to health care professionals and the public,” the rule states. The new guidelines require drug makers to include a link on their drugs’ safety labels and outside packaging of the products that connects directly to a publicly accessible online repository with the drug’s most current instructions, including dosage recommendations, adverse events, and contraindications or drug interactions. The new ... Read More

Bayer faces mounting lawsuits over Mirena IUD side effects

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K. had only recently gotten the Mirena IUD following the birth of her son. The contraceptive works for up to five years, but K. asked her doctor to remove it. She was becoming increasingly convinced that her Mirena IUD had caused her weight gain, fatigue, moodiness, and her hair to fall out in clumps. However, when her doctor tried to remove the device, it was nowhere to be found. She had to undergo surgery, where her doctors discovered the device had perforated her uterus and migrated into her abdomen, lodging in her omentum, the tissue that protects and connects the ... Read More

Researchers warn energy drinks are dangerous to children

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Energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster and 5-Hour Energy are not safe for children because kids 6 years old and younger have suffered seizures and heart problems after drinking the highly caffeinated drinks, a new study reveals. Researchers also warn that the drinks should be avoided by people with heart conditions because the effects could be dangerous. Researchers with Wayne State University in Detroit reviewed 5,156 calls to U.S. poison control centers from October 2010 to September 2013, focusing on ones involving energy drinks. The most common cause for the calls was because children accidentally drank an energy drink. ... Read More

UAB researchers to test hypertension drug as a cure for type 1 diabetes

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Researchers with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will begin testing whether a drug used to treat high blood pressure could be effective in the treatment of type 1 diabetes. Two years ago, researchers tested the drug verapamil, known by the brand names Calan, Verelan and Covera-HS, on laboratory mice and found that it could lower blood sugar levels but in some cases could even reverse the disease. Verapamil is a calcium channel blocker indicated for the treatment of hypertension, severe chest pain and arrhythmia. It is the only drug on the market that works to keep the pancreas’ ... Read More

Researchers: Viagra could be tested as heart disease treatment

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The world’s top selling erectile dysfunction drug Viagra could become a new treatment for heart disease, which could increase the number of users as well as expose more people to potentially dangerous side effects. When Viagra was in development 25 years ago, it was not intended to be a treatment for erectile dysfunction. It was being studied as a cardiovascular drug. Unfortunately, several adverse events were reported during clinical trials including the unique side effect of an erection after use. Disappointed with the cardiovascular results Viagra produced, researchers didn’t give up. Instead, they decided to test the drug as a ... Read More

Off-label prescribing of antipsychotic drug raises concerns about side effects

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Off-label prescribing of an antipsychotic drug in Canada is raising concerns about serious and life-threatening side effects. Seroquel is only approved in Canada to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. In the United States, however, it is also used as an add-on treatment to an antidepressant for patients with major depressive disorder. According to IMS Health Canada, a company that tracks the health care industry, the number of prescriptions for Seroquel in Canada has risen from 4.1 million in 2008 to 7.4 million in 2013. However, the prescriptions for the drug are vastly disproportionate to the number of Canadians suffering from ... Read More

Painkiller recalled due to improper expiration dates on label

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Sagent Pharmaceuticals has issued a nationwide recall on a painkiller. Three lots of Ketorolac Tromethamine Injection, a nonsteroidial anti-inflammatory drug, were recalled because the medications were printed with the incorrect expiration date. The labeled date is longer than the known stability of the drug. Ketorolac Tromethamine is used short-term in postoperative patients to treat moderately severe acute pain that requires analgesia in patients already using opioid painkillers. The affected lots include 30mg/mL single-dose vials with the NDC numbers 25021-701-01 and 25021-701-02. Affected lot numbers include MP5021, MP5024, and MP5025 and were distributed to hospitals, wholesalers and distributors across the country ... Read More

Women should not be treated with testosterone therapy, Endocrine Society advises

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Low testosterone is not a valid diagnosis in healthy women, and most women with low amounts of the hormone should not use testosterone-replacement drugs, the Endocrine Society said in a new guideline. “Although limited research suggests testosterone therapy in menopausal women may be linked to improved sexual function, there are too many unanswered questions to justify prescribing testosterone therapy to otherwise healthy women,” guideline task force chair Dr. Margaret Wierman, of the University of Colorado, said in news release. Dr. Wierman said that in a review of past studies, women who had low testosterone levels did not exhibit any signs ... Read More