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Andrew D'Arcy

DOCTORS WARN PARENTS – STOP GIVING CODEINE TO KIDS

The American Academy of Pediatrics has strengthened its warnings about prescribing codeine for children because of reports of deaths and risks for dangerous side effects including breathing problems.  The academy’s advice, published in a report Monday in its medical journal, […]

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FDA Approves Head Injury Screening Tests

New computer software to assess the brain’s function after a traumatic head injury have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the FDA, traumatic brain injuries account for more than 2 million trips to the emergency […]

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FDA INVESTIGATING HAIR CARE PRODUCTS LINKED TO BALDING  

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert about a line of cleansing hair conditioners after receiving a slew of complaints about hair loss, bald spots, itching and rashes.  Some 21,000 people have lodged complaints with the manufacturers […]

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FDA ADDS LABEL WARNINGS FOR FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIBIOTICS

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, to enhance warnings about their association with disabling and potentially permanent side effects and to limit their use in patients with less […]

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FDA WARNS ABOUT IMODIUM MISUSE

The FDA has recently warned that higher than recommended doses of the diarrhea drug loperamide (Imodium) can cause serious and even fatal cardiac arrhythmias.  The risk of these serious heart problems may also be increased when high doses of loperamide […]

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JOHNSON & JOHNSON DEMANDAS DE TALCO EN POLVO CANCER

Por segunda vez en tres meses, un jurado de St. Louis ha ordenado a Johnson & Johnson a otorgar $55 millones de dólares a una mujer que afirmó haber desarrollado cáncer endometrioide como resultado del uso de polvos de talco […]

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NEW JERSEY EXPANDING PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING

In July of 2015, Governor Chris Christie signed into law a bill that required drug prescribers and pharmacists in New Jersey to register for access to the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program.  Christie said the bill would help prevent so-called “doctor […]

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FDA Wants Arsenic Limit in Infant Rice Cereal

On April 1, 2016, a proposed limit on “inorganic” arsenic in infant rice cereal was announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  Infant rice cereal is a leading source of arsenic exposure in babies, the agency said, since arsenic […]

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FDA ANNOUNCES TOUGHER WARNING LABELS ON NARCOTIC PAINKILLERS

The Food and Drug Administration announced on Tuesday that it was requiring new “boxed warnings” for immediate-release (IR) opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin.  Hoping to curb a national epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse, the FDA is […]

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Zofran Lawsuits – Birth Defects

Zofran is the marketed name of Ondansetron, an anti-nausea medication that is sometimes prescribed to women in the first trimester of their pregnancy to treat morning sickness.  The manufacturer is alleged to have encouraged doctors to prescribe this powerful medication […]