Category Archives: Medical & Health Resources or Issues

FDA Urges Curbs on Use of Aspirin to Prevent Heart Attacks

NBC Nightly News reported in its broadcast on the dangers of indiscriminate use of aspirin, saying, “Tonight the FDA is warning that a daily dose is not for everyone, and taking aspirin needlessly may actually put them at significant risk.” The … Continue reading

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U.S. Soldier’s Appeal on Murder Conviction Carries Questions About Chantix

Two reports examine what role the stop-smoking drug Chantix may have played in the case of an Army soldier convicted of murdering a fellow soldier in 2008. McClatchy reports that Army Pfc. George D.B. MacDonald “claimed his mind snapped after using the … Continue reading

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Blood Test Shows Promise for Gauging Heart Attack Risk After Chest Pain

A blood test that will predict heart attacks? This sounds too good to be true, but it just might be possible, according to an article at USNews.com. Here are excerpts:. Though more study needs to be done, new research suggests … Continue reading

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India-Based Firm Recalls Cholesterol Medicine Over Dosage Mix-Up

The Washington Post reported India-based pharmaceutical firm Ranbaxy Laboratories, which is facing increased regulatory scrutiny over its manufacturing practices, “has recalled more than 64,000 bottles of the generic version of a cholesterol-lowering drug in the United States after a dosage mix-up.” The … Continue reading

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Healthcare Firm Recalls Some Infusion Pumps

Reuters reported, citing the FDA, that Baxter Healthcare Corp. has issued a recall for some of its Sigma Spectrum infusion pumps in the wake of more than 3,500 reports related to its malfunctioning. The pumps help deliver medicine and other fluids. … Continue reading

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Group Requests FDA to Revoke Approval of Opioid Painkiller

Modern Healthcare reported that a “collective of anti-substance abuse advocates and physicians” are asking the FDA chief “to reconsider the agency’s approval of a prescription painkiller” that could hurt “efforts to stop the current epidemic of overdoses seen in recent years … Continue reading

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Patients Using Heart Device Issued Warning After Four Others Died

Bloomberg News reported Thoratec Corp. issued a warning to patients about “the use of the pocket controller for its mini heart pump after four patients died and five others were injured.” Bloomberg noted the warning “includes new information and labeling for … Continue reading

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Healthcare Coalition Urges FDA to Revoke Approval of New Opioid Painkiller

News that a coalition of healthcare professionals and addiction experts are urging the FDA to revoke approval of an opioid painkiller, Zohydro (hydrocodone bitartrate), received wide media coverage. The coalition members are concerned the painkiller, manufactured by Zogenix Inc., could … Continue reading

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FDA Renews Call to Stop Prescribing Extra-Strength Acetaminophen

The Los Angeles Times reported the FDA followed up on its earlier warning in January that “physicians should stop prescribing” extra-strength acetaminophen, or dosages greater than 325 mg. The paper noted that acetaminophen overdose “is now the second most common cause of … Continue reading

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FDA Inspectors Found Safety Violations in Sun Pharmaceutical’s India Plant

Bloomberg News reported FDA inspectors who visited a Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.’s medicine plant in India before it “was banned last month from exporting” to the US “saw testing flaws, a garbage pileup, and a laboratory they called ‘un-cleanable.’” Bloomberg noted … Continue reading

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