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SynchroMed Infusion Pumps Recalled by FDA

Posted in Devices, Recalls, SynchroMed Infusion Pumps

In a current announcement recorded in the Star Tribune, Medtronic, Inc. reported that 14 total patient deaths have occurred in connection to their SynchroMed infusion pumps.  The deaths have been reported as occurring between spring of 1996 and spring of 2013.  The article reports that just one day prior to the public announcement from Medtronic, the… Continue Reading

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

ABC News: “Elderly Abused at 1 in 3 Nursing Homes”

Posted in Public Health

ABC News recently published a report investigating the ongoing problem of nursing home abuse, revealing that the “elderly [are] abused at 1 in 3 nursing homes“.  Currently, about two million Americans reside in long-term nursing care facilities, thus placing over 600,000 elderly persons at risk for abuse. “Numerous” cases of “serious, physical, sexual and verbal abuse”… Continue Reading

Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Information

Posted in Public Health

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Overview Nursing Home abuse and neglect continue to be serious problems affecting some of our nation’s most vulnerable.  About two million Americans are currently receiving long-term care at a nursing home facility, and all too often, the rights of residents are infringed upon by nursing home staff.   Choosing to live… Continue Reading

FDA won’t say which drugs on the market were approved based on fraudulent research

Posted in Drug Studies, FDA Regulation

This shows that the FDA is more interested in protecting pharmaceutical companies than patients.  Note how Woodcock doesn’t want to force new trials because that requires human experimentation, which has risk.  A smarter regulator would realize that the risks increase in proportion to the size of the user base of the drug.  And allowing any… Continue Reading

Premium Edge Cat Food Recalled

Posted in Recalls, Safety Alerts

If you have a furry little friend who eats Premium Edge cat food, you’ll want to read this: On September 23, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for Premium Edge Finicky Adult Cat and Premium Edge Hairball cat because they have the potential to produce Thiamine Deficiency. Today’s announcement provides additional information from the… Continue Reading

New Warning for Users of Meridia

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Safety Alerts

This is fresh from the FDA.  If you’re using Meridia (Sibutramine) you may want to bring this up with your doctor: FDA notified healthcare professionals and patients that it is reviewing preliminary data from a recent study suggesting that patients using sibutramine have a higher number of cardiovascular events (heart attack, stroke, resuscitated cardiac arrest,… Continue Reading

New Information About Drugs Used In Shoulder Pain Pumps

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Safety Alerts

One area I haven’t written much about yet is the association of chrondrolysis with drugs used in certain shoulder pain pumps.  Here’s some fresh information on that topic from the FDA: FDA notified healthcare professionals of 35 reports of chondrolysis (necrosis and destruction of cartilage) in patients given continuous intra-articular infusions of local anesthetics with… Continue Reading

Do you take Plavix and Prevacid? Then read this warning.

Posted in Safety Alerts

Fresh from the FDA a few minutes ago… [Posted 11/17/2009] FDA notified healthcare professionals of new safety information concerning an interaction between clopidogrel (Plavix), an anti-clotting medication, and omeprazole (Prilosec/Prilosec OTC), a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used to reduce stomach acid.  New data show that when clopidogrel and omeprazole are taken together, the effectiveness of… Continue Reading

News about link between Byetta and acute renal failure

Posted in Byetta, Safety Alerts

Just got this in my email from the FDA: Byetta (exenatide) – Renal Failure Audience: Endocrine and nephrology healthcare professionals FDA notified healthcare professionals of revisions to the prescribing information for Byetta (exenatide) to include information on post-marketing reports of altered kidney function, including acute renal failure and insufficiency. Byetta, an incretin-mimetic, is approved as… Continue Reading

New study shows risk of weight gain for users of antipsychotic drugs

Posted in Drug Studies

More evidence that certain drugs can cause diabetes… Young children and adolescents who take the newest generation of antipsychotic medications risk rapid weight gain and metabolic changes that could lead to diabetes, hypertension and other illnesses, according to the biggest study yet of first-time users of the drugs. The study, to be published Wednesday in… Continue Reading

Rituxan and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy

Posted in Safety Alerts

From the FDA: Genentech and FDA notified healthcare professionals about a third case of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy [PML], the first case of PML in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis [RA] treated with Rituxan who has not previously received treatment with a TNF antagonist. Information to date suggests that patients with RA who receive Rituxan have… Continue Reading

Warning About Iron Dextran Injections

Posted in Misc. Drugs, Safety Alerts

I don’t always post FDA alerts, but when one involves possible fatalities, I do. [Posted 10/16/2009] American Regent and FDA notified healthcare professionals that anaphylactic-type reactions, including fatalities, have followed the parenteral administration of iron dextran injection. The Boxed Warning has been modified to recommend administering a test dose prior to the first therapeutic dose… Continue Reading

Complete List of Recalled Children’s Tylenol

Posted in Recalls

You’ve probably heard that Children’s Tylenol was recalled earlier this month.  Fresh from the FDA, here’s the complete list of all products that were recalled.  If you have any of them, DON’T USE THEM. 1) Children's Tylenol Plus, Multi-Symptom Cold, (each 5 mL contains: Acetaminophen 160 mg, Chlorpheniramine maleate 1 mg, Dextromethorphan HBr 5 mg,… Continue Reading