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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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What Led to the Black Box Warning on Asthma Drugs?

What Led to the Black Box Warning on Asthma Drugs? May 30, 2008. By Lucy Campbell.
Washington, DC: Two years ago the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that the asthma drugs Advair Diskus, Advair HFA, Foradil Aerolizer, Serevent Diskus must carry black box warnings—the most severe warning the FDA can issue. Most recently Symbicourt, Performist, (formoterol fumarate), and Brovana inhalation solution were added to list of asthma medications to carry this warning.
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Digitek Manufacturer Cited for Quality Controls Two Years Ago

Digitek Manufacturer Cited for Quality Controls Two Years Ago May 30, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Little Falls, NJ: The recent recall affecting all lots of Digitek digoxin (digitalis) due to a manufacturing defect raises a whack of questions as to just how a double-thickness tablet can get by the quality-control department. Pills that are twice as thick as normal, and therefore potentially carrying twice the dosage of digoxin, pose a serious health risk for patients that could lead to death.
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AMO Complete MoisturePlus Recall: Many Missed the Memo…

AMO Complete MoisturePlus Recall: Many Missed the Memo… May 29, 2008. By Gordon Gibb.
Santa Ana, CA: The problem with a product recall is that it's only as effective as the communication between the manufacturer, and the end user. In the case of James Millard Wilson, he didn't get the message. The young art student from Baltimore had been having trouble with his eyes, and had no idea that his AMO Complete MoisturePlus Contact Lens solution had been recalled.
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Trasylol Recall Too Late For Many Patients

Trasylol Recall Too Late For Many Patients May 29, 2008. By Heidi Turner.
Rockville, MD Earlier this month, Bayer announced that it was recalling remaining Trasylol stocks from the US market. The move comes after repeated studies found that patients given Trasylol during open heart surgery had a higher risk of kidney failure, strokes and death than patients given a different drug.
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Six Years of Avandia and Two Heart Attacks Later

Six Years of Avandia and Two Heart Attacks Later May 29, 2008. By Lucy Campbell.
Broken Arrow, OK: March 1st, 2007 was a day Larry remembers well because he walked into hospital while having a heart attack--his second within 24 hours. He didn't know he was having a heart attack, and it was the last thing he expected, because he had been taking Avandia for six years, and as far as he knew did not have heart disease.
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