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Ed Normand

Pharmaceutical Recalls in 2009

There have been several recalls issued in 2009 for pharmaceutical products in the United States. Notably, Hydroxycut was recalled, due to 23 reports of serious health problems as a result of taking…

Ed Normand

Are You Aware the FDA Has Recalled Certain Cold Products?

During the winter season, when you feel a cold coming on, how many times have you run to the pharmacy and grabbed the first cold remedy off the shelf? If it was a certain Zicam cold remedy – pay…

Diego Madrigal

Zicam Warning Issued by FDA

Zicam nasal gel can destroy or severely damage your sense of smell according to a warning issued by the Food and Drug Administration. The warning only applies to the nasal products, which I…

Diego Madrigal

Raptiva Voluntarily Recalled

The makers of the drug Raptiva announced a volutary, phased in recall of the drug. The safety of the drug (which is used to treat psoriasis) has been called into question for years because it is…

Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

Personal Injury Lawsuit Filed Against Makers of Byetta(R)

A Virginia man has filed a personal injury lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Eli Lilly and Company, the manufacturer and marketer, respectively, of the…

Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

Report Recommends Eliminating Free Gifts for Doctors at Medical Colleges

For years pharmaceutical companies have courted medical schools, professors, students
doctors at medical schools have made substantial incomes lecturing on behalf of pharmacy companies.

Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

FDA Condemned for Lack of Inspections

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials were raked over the coals this week for the administration’s lack of inspections of foreign drug manufacturing plants. Both Republicans and Democrats…

Diego Madrigal

1 out of 15 Hospitalized Children May Be Harmed by Drug Mistakes

A new detection mechanism for harmful or incorrect use of medicines in hospitals has shown that 1 in 15 hospitalized children are the victims of mix-ups,
overdoses, and harmful reactions to drugs…

Sandy Grinnell, Staff Contributor

FDA Issues Warning on Use of Tussionex

Tussionex Pennkinetic Extended-Release Suspension is an often prescribed childrens cough suppressant that contains hydrocodone and the extened release antihistamine chlorpheniramine. The Food and Drug Administration has issued this warning because the medication is improperly being used on patients younger than 6 years old, and is being prescribed and administered more frequently than the…

Ed Normand

Heparin Recalled by Baxter Healthcare

Heparin sodium is medication used to thin the blood. It is often administered intravenously. It is used with patients that need kidney dialysis, many types of cardiac surgery, and many other conditions often those involving risk of blood clots. Severe injuries have been reported with this drug recently. The adverse events usually started within minutes of the administration of the …