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23 Apr 2008, 6:14 am
Utah Woman Developed Inflammatory Bowel Disease After Using This Hoffman-LaRoche Drug (Posted by Tom Lamb at A 24-year old woman from Utah was awarded more than $10 million in legal compensation by a New Jersey state court jury in a trial involving the allegation that Accutane (isotretinoin), a prescription acne medication, caused her inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). [read post]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 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]
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]
22 Dec 2011, 2:52 pm by Tom Lamb
December 2011: Some Recent Medical Studies About These Bisphosphonate-Related Subtorchanteric Or Atypical Femoral Fractures (Posted by Tom Lamb at Here are some recent reports about medical studies concerning the association, or link, between bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax and Boniva that are used to treat osteoporosis and the risk of a rare but serious type of thigh bone fracture known as an "atypical femur fracture [read post]
26 Sep 2012, 10:20 am by Tom Lamb
Use Of Pradaxa After ACS Is Associated With Increased Rate Of Major Bleeding, And Concomitant Use Of Pradaxa With Multaq Is Contraindicated (Posted by Tom Lamb at When Pradaxa (dabigatran) is used to prevent thrombotic events after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS), it is associated with increased rates of major bleeding that offsets any antithrombotic benefit, according to a September 24, 2012 (Online First) Archives of Internal Medicine article, "Use of… [read post]
24 Aug 2009, 1:30 pm
FDA Early Communication Makes Clear That No Definite Association Between Liver Injury And Orlistat Has Been Established At This Time (Posted by Tom Lamb at On May 22, 2009 we first reported that the FDA is investigating the obesity drugs Xenical and Alli for a possible link with liver damage. [read post]
10 Mar 2009, 11:11 am
Agency Publishes Notice In March 9 Edition Of The Federal Register: Seeking Public Comment On Proposed Voluntary Survey (Posted by Tom Lamb at In May 2008 the FDA published a white paper, "The Sentinel Initiative - A National Strategy for Monitoring Medical Product Safety", that served to introduce and explain this new agency effort intended to to improve the post-approval monitoring of prescription drugs and medical devices. [read post]
15 Feb 2008, 2:30 pm
Action Reportedly Intended To Emphasize 2007 Label Change About Severe, Possibly Fatal Liver And Skin Side Effects (Posted by Tom Lamb at A February 14, 2008 Reuters article, "Bayer warns doctors on rare Avelox side effects", reports that this German drug company is sending warning letters to doctors in Europe about the antibiotic Avelox, one of its top-selling drugs. [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]
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]
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]
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]
8 Mar 2012, 2:16 pm by Tom Lamb
Federal Court NuvaRing MDL Bellwether Trial Dates Pushed Back Several Times Previously; Perhaps It Will Be Late 2012 (Posted by Tom Lamb at The first NuvaRing lawsuit has been scheduled to start trial in February 2013 pursuant to In Re: NuvaRing Litigation Case Management Order (CMO) #19. [read post]