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TV’s Dr. Drew was paid by drug maker to promote antidepressant

Celebrity doctor Drew Pinsky, best known as Dr. Drew on the HLN talk show of the same name, the daytime series Lifechangers on the CW, and Celebrity Rehab on VH1, accepted large payments from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to tout the benefits of the antidepressant Wellbutrin (bupropion) on some of his shows, according to court documents. The documents were made public as part of the $3 billion settlement of a health care fraud case against GSK by the U.S. Department of Justice. The government alleged that Pinskey received two payments – in March and April 1999 – from GSK to talk up the ... Read More

GSK to plead guilty, pay billions for health care fraud

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has agreed to plead guilty and shell out $3 billion for what government officials say is the largest case of health care fraud in U.S. history. The drug company was accused of promoting two popular drugs for unapproved uses and failing to disclose important safety information on a third medication. The $3 billion fine is the largest penalty ever paid by a drug company. GSK has also agreed to be monitored by government officials for five years in an attempt to ensure the company’s compliance. Prosecutors said that from April 1998 to August 2003, GSK illegally promoted its ... Read More

Paula Deen sheds 30 pounds after announcing diabetes diagnosis

Television food personality Paula Deen, known for her unhealthy recipes laden with fat and sugar, raised eyebrows earlier this year when she announced that she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes three years ago and was coming forward as a spokesperson for a new diabetes medication. Critics said she was a hypocrite, promoting unhealthy recipes while suffering from a chronic disease caused by a poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle. It didn’t help that type 2 diabetes is on the rise, paralleling the nation’s obesity epidemic. Deen stood firm, saying she would start taming her butter-and-sugar-packed recipes, and that ... Read More

Blood pressure drug linked to serious celiac-like symptoms

A medication commonly used to treat high blood pressure can cause symptoms similar to those of celiac disease, a new report reveals. Celiac disease is a reaction to gluten that can damage the lining of the small intestine and prevent the proper absorption of foods, which can lead to malnutrition. Those wrongly diagnosed may undergo unnecessary treatment that involves following a gluten-free diet. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye. Olmesartan, known by the brand name Benicar, is a popular medication used to lower blood pressure. Like other hypertension drugs, Benicar can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, ... Read More

Testosterone replacement therapy may help men lose weight

Testosterone replacement therapy may help older, obese men with low levels of the hormone lose weight, according to a new study. But researchers are quick to warn that more studies are needed before the treatment is deemed safe and effective as a weight loss treatment. Testosterone replacement therapy delivers the male hormone in the form of injections or creams and gels. It is prescribed for men who have low levels of testosterone in their blood. The treatment is used to counter symptoms of low testosterone, including low sex drive and mood swings. The study followed a group of mostly older, ... Read More

Researchers wonder why bariatric surgery works better than drugs

A new study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology shows that bariatric surgery for obese patients can quickly lower blood sugar levels and reduce or eliminate patients’ need for insulin or diabetes medications. Now researchers are trying find out exactly why the stomach-reducing surgery works far better than drugs. Two separate reports published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that bariatric surgery surpasses medical therapy as a treatment for type 2 diabetes, “and are fascinating not only because of the immediate clinical implications … but also because there’s some really cool underlying science ... Read More

Weight loss surgery can reduce, eliminate need for diabetes drugs

Obese people who undergo bariatric surgery to lose weight can reverse the signs of diabetes by quickly lowering blood sugar levels, and as a result reduce or eliminate their need for insulin or other medications, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology. The study involved 150 people with type 2 diabetes who agreed to have bariatric surgery to lose weight. Researchers found that 42 percent had blood sugar levels that returned to normal after surgery. Some improved so quickly that they went off their diabetes medications before leaving the hospital. Keeping ... Read More

FDA, FTC warn against using illegal HCG drugs for weight loss

One of the best excuses for gorging through the holidays is reassuring yourself that your dieting resolution for the New Year is already set. But before you make your weight loss plans, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to be aware of diet fads and aids that promise rapid weight loss, but instead are illegal and potentially dangerous. These outlaw drugs include HCG products that are marketed over-the-counter (OTC), identified as “homeopathic” and direct users to follow a severely restrictive diet. They are sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays and can be found ... Read More

Experimental diabetes drug may increase risk for bladder, breast cancers

The severe restrictions recently placed on Avandia because of cardiovascular risks, and new warnings that Actos may cause bladder cancer have created a vast need for safe and effective drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, the outlook isn’t bright. Dapagliflozin, an experimental diabetes drug developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca, was found to raise the risk for both bladder cancer and breast cancer, based on data from a long-term clinical program. The findings were presented in June at the American Diabetes Association Meeting in San Diego. The study involved 5,478 patients on long-term dapagliflozin therapy, in which 9 breast ... Read More

Popular weight-loss supplements pose injury and death risks, consumer group warns

The over-the-counter weight-loss drug Alli and its prescription form Xenical should be removed from the market immediately, warns Public Citizen, a national non-profit consumer advocacy group based in Washington D.C. The group has petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a ban of the popular drugs, citing evidence that they can cause severe, life-threatening injury to liver, pancreas, and kidneys. Alli and Xenical are forms of orlistat. Xenical contains 120 milligrams (mgs), while Alli, which is available without a prescription, contains half the amount of orlistat. Public Citizen says that the risks of serious injury far outweigh the drugs’ ... Read More