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Azithromycin & Sudden Cardiac Death

05/21/2012
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A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on May 17, 2012, suggests that the popular antibiotic azithromycin may increase the risk of sudden cardiovascular death, especially among patients who are already at risk for cardiovascular disease.  Different patient groups were treated with azithromycin (Zithromax), amoxicillin, ciprofloxacin (Cipro), […]

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Medtronics Spine Surgery Product Probe Shut Down by Feds

05/21/2012
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In an unexpected move, the Department of Justice has suspended its four-year civil and criminal investigation into allegations of off-label marketing by Medtronic Inc. concerning its Infuse bone graft product.  No charges have been issued and there was no settlement reached after the company was notified by the U.S. Attorney […]

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FDA Cautions Against Long Term Fosamax Use

05/17/2012
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Wednesday, May 9, that patients taking the osteoporosis drug, Fosamax, or any of the bone-building class of drugs known as bisphosphonates, should be reevaluated every three to five years to determine if it is safe for them to remain on the […]

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Pradaxa’s Life in the FDA Fast Lane — Profits Over Safety?

05/11/2012
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Pradaxa, an anti-coagulant drug marketed by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, enjoyed an unusually smooth (and quick) ride towards FDA approval.  Rather than spending months pouring over clinical studies and safety data, FDA employees instead approved Pradaxa based primarily on a single study and did so in just six months.  Below are […]

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Tracking Drugs for Consumer Safety

05/3/2012
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The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is taking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to task. In a new report, the IOM says the FDA should conduct more regular reviews of drugs to better catch and track safety issues. In order to better inform patients and the doctors who treat […]

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Dangerous Top Ten Drugs

04/27/2012
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The Top Ten of anything usually designates the ‘best’ but not in this case. An online report from Adverse Events Inc., an independent company that analyzes the FDA’s database of Adverse Event Reporting System (AERS), has just issued its Top Ten list of Dangerous Drugs for the second quarter Q2 […]

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