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Record Seizure of Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Public Health

A recent international online pharmacy crackdown has led to over $41 million in illegal drugs confiscated.  These counterfeit drugs were part of a wave of over 1,600 websites that were shut down during the series of busts conducted by U.S. and international regulators.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claimed that it used federal… Continue Reading

2005 – Research Shows Paxil, Prozac Triple Risk for Neonatal Behavioral Syndrome

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Published in a 2005 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a study by Dr. Eydie L. Moses-Kolko et al., titled “Neonatal Signs After Late In Utero Exposure to Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors,” reviews the danger posed to infants whose mothers used serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), a new type of antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication…. Continue Reading

Zoloft, Paxil, other SSRIs May Cause Birth Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A 2006 study from Denmark, published in the medical journal Epidemiology, has evaluated the risk for birth defects and other neonatal complications that results from maternal use of SSRI drugs during pregnancy.  “SSRI” stands for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and represents a new class of antidepressant drugs that change levels of serotonin in the brain. … Continue Reading

Spina Bifida Linked to SSRI Use

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Spina Bifida (“myelomeningocele” being the most common form) is a birth defect in the larger class of “neural tube defects,” characterized by the malformation or underdevelopment of the neural tube in a developing infant before birth.  In spina bifida, “the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth”[1] as they normally would. PubMed Health,… Continue Reading

Increased Risk of Anal Atresia Associated with Maternal SSRI Use in Pregnancy

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Anal atresia, or “imperforate anus,” is a congenital birth defect “in which the opening to the anus is missing or blocked.”[1]  PubMed Health, a prominent online medical encyclopedia curated by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, states that anal atresia may manifest in several different ways: “The rectum may end in a blind pouch that… Continue Reading

Use of SSRIs during Pregnancy Doubles Risk of PPHN

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine has investigated the connection between maternal use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor drugs (SSRIs) such as Zoloft®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Celexa®, and Lexapro® during pregnancy and the development of persistent pulmonary hypertension in the newborn.  This study, published by Helle Kieler et al. corroborates earlier research… Continue Reading

American Journal of Psychiatry Illustrates Danger of Antidepressant Use during Pregnancy

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A study published in 2002 in the American Journal of Psychiatry by Dr. Gregory E. Simon, et al. goes great lengths to elucidate the danger of maternal use of antidepressant drugs during pregnancy.  In this study, Simon gathered data from the Group Health Corporation, “a prepaid health plan serving approximately 400,000 members in Washington State.”[1]… Continue Reading

Study Shows Danger of SSRIs When Used During Pregnancy

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A recent study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry set out to determine whether it was worse for a developing fetus to be exposed to antidepressant drugs during gestation or to be carried to term by a mother-to-be who suffered from depression during pregnancy.  This study, published by Dr. Tim F. Oberlander et al…. Continue Reading

Study Shows Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy Leads to More Birth Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

In 2010, a Danish study published in the medical journal Clinical Epidemiology set out to evaluate the danger posed to infants born to mothers who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a new class of antidepressant drugs including Zoloft®, Paxil®, and Prozac®) during early pregnancy. The study, published by Jette B. Kornum et al. compared… Continue Reading

Study Shows SSRI Use during Pregnancy Doubles Risk of Birth Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Prozac Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

Published in a 2011 edition of the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, a study by Dr. Heli Malm (et al.) evaluated the risk of birth defects for children born to mothers who used selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (a type of antidepressant medication) during pregnancy.  Drugs whose danger was evaluated included fluoxetine (Prozac®, Sarafem®, Fontex®, and others),… Continue Reading

Tricuspid Atresia

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects

Tricuspid atresia is a congenital (from birth) heart defect recently linked to maternal use of Paxil® during pregnancy.[1]  Paxil® is a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a new type of antidepressant drug that helps regulate serotonin levels in the brain, a chemical involved in mood regulation. In children born with tricuspid atresia, “the tricuspid heart valve… Continue Reading

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects

Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS) has recently been linked with maternal use of SSRI drugs, especially Paxil®, during pregnancy.  Hypo-, from Greek meaning “less than normal, deficient”[1], and plastic, meaning “forming; growing; changing; developing”[2], hypoplastic left heart syndrome is a birth defect characterized by the underdevelopment of the left heart. This ailment results in the… Continue Reading

WebMD – Mothers Who Switch SSRIs During Pregnancy Place Newborns at Risk of Heart Defects

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

It has been recently found that babies of mothers who filled prescriptions for more than one SSRI during pregnancy were four times as likely to be born with septal heart defects as were other babies born to mothers who did not use SSRIs during pregnancy.  If uncorrected, this birth defect, characterized by a malformation of… Continue Reading

Aortic Stenosis

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Zoloft Birth Defects

A birth defect recently found to be associated with maternal use of SSRI drugs during pregnancy,[1] aortic stenosis is characterized by the aortic valve failing to open fully, decreasing blood flow from the heart[2] through the aorta, “the main artery carrying blood out of the heart.”[3]  Specifically, aortic stenosis has been found to be connected… Continue Reading

Maternal Use of SSRIs Late in Pregnancy May Cause PPHN

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Paxil Birth Defects, Zoloft Birth Defects

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that infants born to mothers who used selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs, a type of antidepressant medication) late in pregnancy were placed at increased risk of serious birth defects, such as persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). First, some background on PPHN.  One way to explain… Continue Reading

Is GlaxoSmithKline the anti-Google?

Posted in Misc. Drugs

Google is famous for its motto of “Don’t be evil.”  I’m beginning to wonder if GSK has adopted a motto of “Be evil.”  In addition to selling Paxil without adequately warning women that it causes birth defects, GSK also knowingly sold Paxil that it knew wouldn’t do anything to help patients: In one of the… Continue Reading

New fracture warning for all bisphosphonates

Posted in Misc. Drugs

 If you're taking one of these, consult with your doctor before you decide to stop taking the drug.  Food and Drug Administration officials said all bisphosphonates used for osteoporosis will carry a new warning about rare but serious fractures of the thigh bone, even though it remains unclear if the medicines caused the fractures. Source: FDA warns… Continue Reading

More on the Avandia Restrictions

Posted in Misc. Drugs

I was not aware that Avandia was the #2 seller for GSK.  This is really going to hurt for them: (Reuters) – European officials moved to pull GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes drug Avandia off the market and U.S. authorities imposed tight restrictions over heart risks, effectively spelling the commercial end to the once-lucrative medicine. Once a top… Continue Reading

Does Actos Cause Bladder Cancer?

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The FDA is reviewing the results of a study that may link bladder cancer with the diabetes drug Actos: The agency said Friday that five-year results from an ongoing study show that patients who have taken Actos for the longest period of time had a higher risk of bladder cancer. Bladder cancer was also more… Continue Reading

Should the FDA Pull Meridia?

Posted in Misc. Drugs

If there is a Holy Grail among pharmaceutical companies, it isn’t a cure for cancer, AIDS, or another fatal disease.  It’s a weight-loss pill.  As any Fen Phen lawyer can tell you, the history of weight loss drugs has been mild weight loss and severe health risks.  Some are concerned that the Fen Phen story… Continue Reading