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Avandia: Sales of Diabetic Drug Gutted in Wake of Concern

Avandia: Sales of Diabetic Drug Gutted in Wake of Concern June 5, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
San Francisco, CA When the American Diabetes Association convenes here June 6th for their annual meeting, there is little doubt that amongst the topics up for discussion will be the fall of Avandia, a drug which has been linked to serious heart and liver problems, and weight gain—and what might be in the pipeline to replace it.
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Asthma Drug Affects My Son's Behavior

Asthma Drug Affects My Son's Behavior June 5, 2008. By Lucy Campbell.
White Oak, SC: Nikki's eight year old son has asthma—he was diagnosed with the respiratory illness when he was just five years old. Since that time he's been on albuterol, but it seems to be making things worse, not better.
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Icy Hot: Hot Enough to Take Your Skin Right Off

Icy Hot: Hot Enough to Take Your Skin Right Off June 5, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Chattanooga, TN People have bad dreams of running away from a fire, but not being able to run. Your legs are heavy and slow. You strain desperately to move but can't, while the flames get closer. Some have likened the Icy Hot pain patches to such a scenario. Not only have they been found to foster serious burns, but also the adhesive can make them difficult to remove.
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Botox Patient Not Warned of Risks

Botox Patient Not Warned of Risks June 4, 2008. By Jane Mundy.
San Francisco, CA Shelly has been diagnosed with Cervical Dystonia—a disorder of the neck muscles—and treatment comprises a series of Botox injections. But she recently heard of its dangerous side effects and worries that the risk might outweigh the temporary relief that Botox provides her.
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FDA Investigating Remicade, Enbrel, Humira and Cimzia Link to Cancers

FDA Investigating Remicade, Enbrel, Humira and Cimzia Link to Cancers June 4, 2008. By Jaime Jofre.
Rockville, MD The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday issued an Early Communication release stating that it is investigating a possible association between tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers and the development of cancers in children and young adults. The TNF blockers were prescribed to treat Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Crohn's disease or other diseases.
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Digitek Recall: How Long Were Patients Overdosed?

Digitek Recall: How Long Were Patients Overdosed? June 3, 2008. By Jane Mundy.
Spokane, WA Joanne C. wants to determine how long she had been taken double doses of Digitek before it was recalled. Neither her pharmacist nor doctor has the answer. "I realize we all have to die some day but let's not hurry it up [due to digitalis toxicity]," says Joanne.
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PPH: "I'd take Gastric Bypass Surgery over Fen-Phen"

PPH: "I'd take Gastric Bypass Surgery over Fen-Phen" June 3, 2008. By Jane Mundy.
Lexington, KY: In the early 90s, Lynn S. turned to Fen-Phen to lose weight. Now she is turning to a lawsuit against the diet drug that caused her mitral valve regurgitation, heart problems and potentially PAH—formerly known as primary pulmonary hypertension, or PPH.
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Paxil and Other Drugs to Get Labeling Change

Paxil and Other Drugs to Get Labeling Change June 2, 2008. By Heidi Turner.
Rockville, MD The FDA has determined that current labeling for drugs like Paxil is too confusing. The organization has now proposed a change to drug labeling to make it more clear which drugs are safe for women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding. Although the move will likely help many women in the future, it comes too late for those who took Paxil and other SSRIs while pregnant.
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MRI Health Risks Have Little To Do With Magnetic Personality

MRI Health Risks Have Little To Do With Magnetic Personality June 1, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC As important as the MRI is in detecting disease and abnormalities deep within the human body, the process carries certain risks that have only recently come to light. Risks from imaging agents such as gadolinium, and recent concern over the long-term impact of the magnetic fields associated with Magnetic Resonance Imaging, can pose serious health risks for some patients, sometimes resulting in death.
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Overdosing on Digitek

Overdosing on Digitek May 31, 2008. By Jane Mundy.
Kissimmee, FA Paul's wife had a heart attack in '95 but made a remarkable recovery and started taking Digitek. But she experienced other problems: coincidentally, she suffered the same complications listed on Digitek's website, namely nausea, fatigue and irregular heartbeats. And death.
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