FDA Explores Invokana Increasing the Risk for Amputation?

FDA Explores Invokana Increasing the Risk for Amputation?

The FDA has issued a recent safety communication warning the public of the famous diabetes medicine canagliflozin. The safety issue was in relation to an ongoing  interim clinical trial that found…

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Risperdal Gynecomastia Latest Lawsuit A Loss for J&J

Risperdal Gynecomastia Latest Lawsuit A Loss for J&J

The number of lawsuits filed against the long time corporate giant Johnson & Johnson continue to grow. Risperdal, an atypical anti-psychotic drug developed by Johnson & Johnson in an effort to…

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FDA Advised to Scrap Approval Process for Medical Devices

FDA Advised to Scrap Approval Process for Medical Devices

In a report initially commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration, a 12 member panel of medical experts from the Institute of Medicine has recommended the U.S. government retire the…

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FDA Proposes Regulating Mobile Health “Apps”

FDA Proposes Regulating Mobile Health “Apps”

It is estimated that there are currently more than 17,000 medical applications available for a Smart-phone, tablet computer or personal digital assistant. These apps can range from calorie counters to…

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Stop-smoking pill Chantix linked to heart problems

Stop-smoking pill Chantix linked to heart problems

 A new  international study, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University has  found the drug Chantix increased the risk of hospitalizations for heart problems by  72 percent. The study, analyzed…

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FDA Advisers Vote Against Avastin for Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

FDA Advisers Vote Against Avastin for Advanced Breast Cancer Treatment

In three unanimous votes, the six members of the FDA oncology drug panel voted that Avastin is ineffective, unsafe and should have its approval for breast cancer treatment withdrawn, citing…

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The FDA announces new Guidelines for Sunscreen Labels

The FDA announces new Guidelines for Sunscreen Labels

The new regulations, which come into effect next year, will ban sunscreen manufacturers from claiming their products are waterproof or sweatproof because such claims are false,  officials have said. Instead,…

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The Rise and Fall of Provigil – Part I

The Rise and Fall of Provigil – Part I

On July 22, 2010, the European Medicines Agency recommended restricting the use of modafinil. Doctors and patients should be advised to use the drug only for the treatment of narcolepsy…

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AstraZeneca Settles on 4,000 Seroquel Lawsuits

AstraZeneca Settles on 4,000 Seroquel Lawsuits

After making deals and settling 200 lawsuits concerning the antipsychotic drug Seroquel a few weeks ago, AstraZeneca has now disclosed that agreements are in place to settle nearly 4,000 more…

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Avandia Panel Rife with Conflict

Avandia Panel Rife with Conflict

The news of Avandia panelist Dr. Abraham Thomas confessing a potential conflict comes after another panelist Dr. David Capuzzi was discovered to be a paid speaker for GSK, the drug…

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Recommended Approval of After-Sex Pill to Prevent Pregnancy

Recommended Approval of After-Sex Pill to Prevent Pregnancy

On Thursday a federal advisory panel unanimously voted that federal drug regulators should approve a medication to help prevent pregnancy if taken as late as five days after unprotected sex. …

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AstraZeneca Settles on Seroquel Case

AstraZeneca Settles on Seroquel Case

The drug Seroquel has been under scrutiny along with its marketer, the pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca. The pharmaceutical company is the fourth in the past 3 years to admit to charges…

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FDA Takes Action on Medical Radiation Complaints

FDA Takes Action on Medical Radiation Complaints

On Thursday the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has received over a thousand complaints in the past 10 years about medical radiation devices that are…

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AstraZeneca and Seroquel Triumph in Court

AstraZeneca and Seroquel Triumph in Court

On April 7th the Eleventh Circuit Appellate Court upheld the decision made by a lower court in January of 2009 granting AstraZeneca’s summary judgment and dismissing the first product liability…

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Bad Hip Implant is Bad For Business

Bad Hip Implant is Bad For Business

How many patients who need an implanted joint device such as a hip replacement know that the orthopedic industry generally has a no warranty policy? Far fewer than you would…

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Crestor Green Lighted for Healthy People

Crestor Green Lighted for Healthy People

AstraZeneca’s statin drug Crestor has been given the green light by the FDA to be prescribed as a preventative measure to help lower cholesterol levels in healthy people. In the…

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