Drug Companies

Asthma Medication Recall

More than 34 million people in the United States suffer from asthma. Many of them are children. They depend on inhalers to help them breathe every day. If something goes wrong with an inhaler, an asthma sufferer may only have seconds before their airways close completely, and they’re unable to breathe at all. If a…

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FDA restricts diabetes drug Avandia trial

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has restricted GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) from enrolling new patients in a trial for the drug Avandia (rosiglitazone) after new information about the drug’s serious side effects came to light. Avandia is used to treat type 2 diabetes by controlling blood sugar levels, and can increase the risk of heart attack,…

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Accutane: a Miracle Drug to Cure Acne or Deadly Remedy?

To most users, Accutane, one of the most potent, effective weapons against acne, is a miracle drug. But, to others Accutane leads to a life filled with pain and discomfort and in some cases, death. First introduced in 1982 by the drug maker Hoffman-La Roche, Acctutane became of their top sellers with an estimated 1.2…

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Merck Used Ghostwriters for Vioxx Clinical Studies

Talk about foxes guarding the hen house! A recently published article in the Journal American Medical Association (JAMA) claims the drug maker Merck drafted many of the research studies for their best selling drug Vioxx, then had prestigious doctors put their names on the reports prior to publication. In 16 of 20 papers that reported…

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Premarin Risks Keep Stacking Up

For millions of women taking Premarin to ease their symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, a newly released study is another blow to finding relief for their discomfort. According to a new Women’s Health Initiative study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, women who take conjugated equine…

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Supreme Court Considers Protecting Drug Companies From Lawsuits

When I read that the Supreme Court is considering protecting drug makers from lawsuits, my first thought was you’ve got to be kidding! This news emerges on the heels of the Baxter heparin recall. Baxter’s initial partial recall occurred on January 17, 2008. On February 28, 2008, seven weeks later, after 400 cases of adverse…

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