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Canadian regulators warn consumers about cardiovascular risks of testosterone drugs

Posted: July 31, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Canada’s national health regulators have issued a warning to consumers and health care providers about the serious risks associated with the use of testosterone-replacement drugs, which are being prescribed to increasing numbers of men as a treatment for low natural

European advisors recommend approval of new combination type 2 diabetes treatment

Posted: July 29, 2014 Pharmaceutical

An advisory panel for European drug regulators is recommending approval for a new type 2 diabetes drug combining the long-acting insulin degludec with Victoza (liraglutide). The favorable recommendation of Novo Nordisk’s drug Xultophy, previously known as IDegLira, was based on

Risperidone side effects send patients to the emergency room

Posted: July 28, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Adverse effects of antipsychotic medications such as Risperdal (risperidone) send more than 20,000 people in the United States to the emergency room each year, prompting the American Psychiatric Association to issue an advisory to clinicians to carefully evaluate patients before

Teen’s death prompts FDA warning for consumers to avoid pure caffeine powder

Posted: July 26, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Logan Stiner was just days away from his high school graduation when he died after consuming a lethal dose of powdered caffeine. The teen’s death prompted a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigation resulting in the agency issuing a warning

Pharmacy group wants black box warning added to antibiotic Levaquin

Posted: July 25, 2014 Pharmaceutical

A University of South Carolina pharmacy group is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to put the strongest warning possible on Johnson & Johnson’s antibiotic Levaquin alerting consumers about the potential for cellular damage that could lead to serious diseases.

Mislabeled ibuprofen, seizure drugs recalled

Posted: July 24, 2014 Recalls

American Health Packaging (AHP) is recalling packages of the anti-inflammatory drug ibuprofen and the anti-seizure drug oxcarbazepine because the individual blister packs may be mislabeled and contain the wrong drug. Thus, patients prescribed oxcarbazepine may inadvertently take a dose of

Hormonal contraceptives may increase risk of gestational diabetes

Posted: July 21, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Women who use contraceptives that contain hormones before they become pregnant may be at greater risk for developing gestational diabetes once they do get pregnant, according to a new study.

Pre-diabetes diagnoses benefit drug companies more than patients

Posted: July 20, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Non-diabetics with higher-than-recommended blood sugar levels and thus at risk for developing type 2 diabetes are considered pre-diabetic, however classifying large numbers of people with pre-diabetes offers more benefit to drug companies than those diagnosed with the condition, researchers argue.

Celexa, Lexapro birth defects lawsuits returned to state court

Posted: July 15, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Fifteen lawsuits over birth defects in children born to women who took the antidepressants Celexa or Lexapro while pregnant were remanded to state court, a federal judge in Camden, N.J., ruled. Attorneys for the drugs’ maker Forest Laboratories unsuccessfully argued

Sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs send more people to the ER

Posted: July 15, 2014 Pharmaceutical

Bad reactions to anti-anxiety medications and sedatives send more people to the emergency room than any other drugs, according to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry.