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Alli weight loss pills recalled due to potential tampering

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is recalling all of its Alli weight loss products in the United States and Puerto Rico after numerous reports across several states that packages may have been tampered with and may contain counterfeit pills. GSK received reports from customers in seven states that bottles of Alli tablets and capsules were not Alli. The counterfeit pills inside the bottles were in various shapes and colors. Some of the bottles inside the outer carton were missing labels and had tamper-evident seals that were not authentic. All of the tampered with products were purchased in retail stores. Alli is an over-the-counter ... Read More

Life threatening liver damage, adrenal gland problems, harmful drug interactions with anti-fungal drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking several actions to limit the use of the oral, anti-fungal medication Nizoral (ketoconazole) tablets, warning that the drug can cause potentially fatal liver injuries and adrenal gland problems, and advising that it can have harmful interactions with other medications. The FDA is advising that Nizoral oral tablets not be a first-line treatment for fungal infections. The drug should be used for certain fungal infections, known as endemic mycoses, only when alternative anti-fungal therapies are not available or tolerated by the patient. Nizoral tablets are indicated for the following systemic fungal infections: candidiasis, chronic ... Read More

FDA approves first-ever migraine medicine skin patch

NuPathe is launching the first-ever patch to treat migraine headache, a product the device’s maker says is “game changing” to migraine sufferers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave NuPathe’s Zecuity the nod last week, and the company says it is currently focusing on securing commercial partners for the patch and hopes to have the patch on the market by the end of the year. Zecuity is a single-use, battery-powered patch that actively delivers the migraine medication sumatriptan through the skin. Sumatriptan has been on the market since 1991. It is administered in several forms including tablets, subcutaneous injection, and ... 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