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7 Oct 2008, 9:05 pm
  Then This List Is For You (Posted by Tom Lamb at Over at the Nursing Degree Guide web site, Joel West has an article, "Top 50 Pharmacist Blogs", which is seemingly intended to let people know where they can go on the web to read daily posts about various topics having to do with prescription drugs and medications. [read post]
2 Jan 2007, 1:51 pm
January 2007 Article Sets Forth Reports Made To Health Canada In Past Ten Years (Posted by Tom Lamb at The January 2, 2007 edition of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (Volume 17, Issue 1) includes an article concerning reports of blood sugar problems and liver disorders associated with Levaquin (levofloxacin) made to Health Canada during the past ten years According to this article, entitled "Levofloxacin: dysglycemia and liver disorders": … [read post]
31 Mar 2009, 12:16 pm
Digitek Brand Of Generic Digoxin Tablets Had Been Recalled In April 2008 For Same Reason (Posted by Tom Lamb at On March 31, 2009 the FDA announced another generic digoxin pill recall by posting this company press release on the agency's web site: "Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. [read post]
9 Oct 2007, 2:50 pm
Meridia Can Increase Blood Pressure And Heart Rate Leading To Possible Serious Cardiovascular Problems (Posted by Tom Lamb at The Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (CARN) released in October 2007 (Volume 17, Issue 4) includes an article about the anti-obesity drug Meridia (sibutramine), "Contraindicated use of sibutramine and cardiovascular adverse reactions". [read post]
15 Aug 2007, 2:41 pm
Researchers Find There Is No Such Risk, However, For Men Using This Atrial Fibrillation Heart Drug (Posted by Tom Lamb at An August 14, 2007 article published by Reuters, "Heart drug may lead to pacemaker use in women", reports a rather peculiar finding concerning the Wyeth (WYE) heart drug Cordarone (amiodarone), used to treat atrial fibrillation, insofar that a serious side effect of this drug appears to affect only women and not men. [read post]
15 Nov 2010, 2:12 pm by Tom Lamb
November 2010 FDA Approval Of Merck Action Raises Profile Of This Emerging Drug Safety Issue (Posted by Tom Lamb at As we reported recently, the October 2010 issue of the Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter (CARN) included an article titled "Statins and interstitial lung disease". [read post]
27 Aug 2008, 2:20 pm
This Petition Is Sponsored By A Group Of Concerned Citizens Called "Americans for Drug and Device Accountability" (Posted by Tom Lamb at In several earlier posts I have advocated that any application of the federal preemption doctrine to drug injury lawsuits would effectively eliminate a significant incentive for the drug company to ensure that its drug labels reflect accurate and up-to-date safety information, i.e., the possibility of… [read post]
5 Mar 2012, 1:05 pm by Tom Lamb
Prescriber Error, Impaired Renal Function, Patient Age, And Lack Of An Effective Reversal Agent Are Cited (Posted by Tom Lamb at A Letter to The Editor, titled "Bleeding Risk with Dabigatran in the Frail Elderly" (subscription required), which appeared in the March 1, 2012 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) may help explain when and why there is a serious bleeding risk associated with Pradaxa (dabigatran). [read post]
23 Aug 2007, 7:16 am
Will Consider Data Suggesting Trasylol Can Cause Kidney Damage, Heart Failure, and Death (Posted by Tom Lamb at An August 22, 2007 article, "FDA panel will review Trasylol safety", published in the The Boston Globe informed that the FDA will convene an advisory committee of drug safety experts on September 12, 2007 to discuss Bayer AG's blood-clotting drug Trasylol. [read post]
18 Jul 2008, 6:03 pm
Something Old And Something New: Two Items From July 3, 2008 NEJM Show Why Preemption Applied In These Types Of Cases Is Bad Public Policy (Posted by Tom Lamb at We start with the something "old", which only goes back in time a few months. [read post]
12 Feb 2007, 11:12 am
New Package Insert, Or Label, For Ketek Will Get Black-box Warning And Medication Guide For Patients, Also (Posted by Tom Lamb at In mid-December 2006 an FDA advisory panel recommended that any future use of the antibiotic Ketek should be restricted. [read post]
28 Sep 2011, 1:43 pm by Tom Lamb
Possibly Increased Risk Of Blood Clot-Related Side Effects Like PE And DVT Suggested By Postmarketing Studies (Posted by Tom Lamb at _____________________________________________________________________ UPDATE:  Ortho Evra Update: October 2011 FDA Study Finds Increased Risk Of Serious Blood Clot Side Effects Like Pulmonary Embolism (PE) And Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) (11/2/11) _____________________________________________________________________ On December 9,… [read post]
26 Mar 2007, 2:53 pm
The Letter Concerns Black-Box Warning, Prescribing Changes, And Patient Medication Guide Announced Back In Mid-February 2007 (Posted by Tom Lamb at On March 26, 2007 the FDA announced that a so-called "Dear Doctor" letter regarding the antibiotic Ketek (telithromycin) has been sent by Sanofi-Aventis to healthcare professionals alerting them to new safety information for Ketek. [read post]
30 Mar 2009, 1:35 pm
This Event In Support Of Proposed Medical Device Safety Act Is Organized By The "Campaign to Stop Corporate Immunity" Group (Posted by Tom Lamb at The Campaign to Stop Corporate Immunity (CSCI) group has arranged for some patients injured by defective medical devices -- such as the recalled Medtronic Sprint Fidelis lead wires that were used in certain defibrillators -- to be in Washington, DC on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 for the purpose of… [read post]
30 May 2012, 1:37 pm by Tom Lamb
Researchers Find Increased Number Of Low-Energy Subtrochanteric Fractures For A Period Ten Years After Introduction Of Fosamax In That Country (Posted by Tom Lamb at At the Orthopaedic Proceedings section of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, British Volume, web site there is an item that presents some findings from a recent Australian study which supports the apparent link between Fosamax and atypical femur fractures. [read post]
24 Jan 2011, 12:04 pm by Tom Lamb
Merck Case Involves Woman Who Alleges She Developed Osteonecrosis Of The Jaw (ONJ)  (Posted by Tom Lamb at _____________________________________________________________________ UPDATE:  "Merck Wins First Fosamax ‘Jaw Death’ State-Court Trial" (2/14/2011, Bloomberg Businessweek) _____________________________________________________________________ On January 18, 2011 the first Fosamax trial involving bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw… [read post]
8 Sep 2009, 12:20 pm
Healthcare Providers And Patients Are Encouraged To Report Adverse Events Involving Approved Or Unapproved Indications As Well As Medication Errors (Posted by Tom Lamb at In October 2006 Quintiles Inc., a leading CRO company, conducted a survey titled "Consumer Perceptions on Drug Safety" that consisted of 1726 US men and women aged 18 years and over. [read post]
30 Jul 2007, 12:11 am
Read Selected Essays From 77 Diverse Legal Blogs (aka Blawgs) In This Free eBook From TechnoLawyer (Posted by Tom Lamb at On July 30, 2007 TechnoLawyer issued a press release announcing the launch of BlawgWorld 2007, a free eBook that features a diverse and impressive collection of essays from the so-called legal blogosphere. [read post]
12 Oct 2009, 2:07 pm
Is Pancreatitis A Januvia Side Effect Or Is There An Increased Risk Of This Medical Condition Among Type 2 Diabetics Across All Treatments (Posted by Tom Lamb at A few weeks back we reported that the FDA wants Merck to change the package insert, or label, for the diabetes drug Januvia (sitagliptin)  so as to show an increased warning about the risk of developing pancreatitis. [read post]
29 Sep 2009, 10:06 am
(Posted by Tom Lamb at On September 25, 2009 the FDA posted on its web site "Information for Healthcare Professionals - Acute pancreatitis and sitagliptin (marketed as Januvia and Janumet)". [read post]