European Medicines Agency Recommend Suspension of Marketing Authorization for Medtronic's InductOs. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended the suspension of marketing authorization for Medtronic's InductOs, an implant to help bone development, until issues are resolved at a U.S. plant where a component of the implant is … [Read more...] about Marketing Authorization for Medtronic InductOs Device Suspension
Raptiva No Longer Available. Raptiva has been pulled from the market in Canada because of its association with an often-fatal brain infection called progressive multifocal leukoencephalitis (PML). The suspension of Raptiva sales in Canada is part of a global withdrawal of the drug. Raptiva works by blocking the activation of … [Read more...] about Raptiva Not Available in Canada
Factories Dumping Medicines in Waste Water. The Associated Press (AP) has long been following the issue of drugs in our waterways and is now breaking with more news about medications being dumped into waste water. The findings are based on federal testing being conducted in sewage near public treatment facilities handling waste from … [Read more...] about Factories Dumping Medicines In Waste Water
No Ban on OTC Children's Cold Medicines. There will be no ban on children’s over-the-counter cold medicines, Food & Drug Administration (FDA) advisers said yesterday, despite pleas from pediatricians that the agency take such action. While the FDA panel said that the safety and effectiveness of children’s cold needs … [Read more...] about No Ban on OTC Children’s Cold Medicines, FDA Advisers Say
Atypical Antipsychotics Can Cause Diabetes And Inflammation Of the Pancreas. A class of widely prescribed antipsychotic medicines called atypical antipsychotics, already under suspicion for causing diabetes, may also precipitate a dangerous inflammation of the pancreas, researchers say. An analysis of adverse reactions to the … [Read more...] about Atypical Antipsychotics May Cause Pancreatitis
Paxil For Children With Depression? The UK's Committee on Safety of Medicines recently issued a "Dear Colleague" letter advising physicians not to use paroxetine (Paxil), a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), to treat children and adolescents with depression. The FDA has recently followed suit. Should physicians stop … [Read more...] about Paxil – Is It Safe for Children?
Some Medicines Can Cause Strokes. A stimulant once doled out by the billions in weight-loss and cold medications, then later linked to deaths, is the subject of a slew of federal lawsuits across the country, the first of which will be tried here April 4. Loretta Rorie, a Will County, Ill., woman whose lawsuit will go to trial in … [Read more...] about Some Medicines Linked To Strokes
Kava-Kava Linked To Serious Liver Injury. Germany has revoked the license of medicines containing extracts of the kava-kava plant because the drug may be linked to serious liver injury. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices said in a statement issued late Monday that "this medicine may cause serious … [Read more...] about German Authorities Revoke License For Medicines Containing Kava-Kava