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21 Aug 2007, 8:26 am
This Second Edition Has Detailed, Useful Information For Doctors And Pharmacists (Posted by Tom Lamb at The August 9, 2007 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has an insightful book review by John P. [read post]
11 Feb 2008, 9:20 am
February 2008 Australian Report Links Liver Failure And Hepatitis To Popular Novartis Drug (Posted by Tom Lamb at A February 4, 2008 article, "Anti-fungal tablet linked to liver deaths", published by Australia's Herald Sun newspaper, brought to our attention the fact that Australian drug regulators have issued a warning about serious liver reactions after taking a popular prescription drug used to treat fungal infections, Lamisil… [read post]
5 Jan 2012, 1:16 pm by Tom Lamb
Ten Strategies Intended For Pharmacists Can Help Patients Stay Safe, Also (Posted by Tom Lamb at It is relatively well-accepted in the healthcare community that medication errors involving prescription drugs happen more often than they should but the incident rate could be reduced if both pharmacists and patients took certain precautions. [read post]
16 May 2007, 10:34 am
Plaintiff Simon Developed Breast Cancer After Using HRT Drugs Prempro, Premarin, And Provera (Posted by Tom Lamb at On May 15, 2007 a Pennsylvania state court jury handed down a mixed verdict in the latest hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products liability case to go to trial, Simon v. [read post]
28 Oct 2011, 6:16 pm by Tom Lamb
(Posted by Tom Lamb at On October 27, 2011 the FDA released its new drug-safety study report, "Combined Hormonal Contraceptives (CHCs) and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Endpoints", which included the NuvaRing (etonogestrel / estradiol vaginal ring) -- referred to as "ETON" in this 2011 FDA study report. [read post]
9 Apr 2009, 12:34 pm
Due To Link With Fatal Brain Infection, Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML) (Posted by Tom Lamb at On April 8, 2009 Genentech Inc. -- which was just acquired by Roche Holding AG in March 2009 -- issued a press release announcing "a phased voluntary withdrawal of psoriasis drug Raptiva ® (efalizumab) from the U.S. market"  due to its link to a brain infection, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). [read post]
18 Feb 2010, 12:52 pm by Tom Lamb
Reports About Sudden Breaking Of Thigh Bone In Patients Using Fosamax For Five Years Or More (Posted by Tom Lamb at The side effects of Fosamax include osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ), esophageal irritation, and musculoskeletal pain. [read post]
15 May 2009, 10:10 am
Some Ways That Free Drug Samples Can Harm Patients (Posted by Tom Lamb at PLoS Medicine-- which is a peer-reviewed open-access journal published by the Public Library of Science -- published an essay by Susan Chimonas and Jerome P. [read post]
16 Feb 2007, 7:40 am
Plaintiff Alleged Wyeth Used False And Misleading Advertising For Prempro And Premarin, Thereby Hiding Risks (Posted by Tom Lamb at On February 15, 2007 a federal court jury in Arkansas found the drug company Wyeth not liable for the breast cancer which 72-year old Helene Rush alleged was caused by her use of Prempro and Premarin. [read post]
12 Jun 2012, 2:39 pm by Tom Lamb
Other DRSP Birth Control Pills Which Are Implicated By This New Finding Include Beyaz, Safyral, Ocella, Gianvi, Zarah, Loryna, Syeda, And Vestura (Posted by Tom Lamb at In the February 1, 2012 edition of Current Drug Safetythere is an article, "Irritable bowel syndrome and drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives; a comparative-safety study", which just came to our attention in June 2012. [read post]
6 Nov 2008, 3:11 pm
Tyco Healthcare Group LP (Covidien) Recall Of ReliOn Disposable Syringes Was First Announced October 9, 2008; FDA Press Release About This Syringe Recall Is Dated November 5, 2008 (Posted by Tom Lamb at By means of an October 9, 2008 letter from ReliOn to its customers, the company announced a recall of a single lot of its syringes sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores. [read post]
17 Feb 2012, 12:52 pm by Tom Lamb
Same General Warning About All COCs Was Added To YAZ In March 2011; And Why The One Year Delay, We Wonder (Posted by Tom Lamb at The February 14, 2012 email captioned "What's New on the FDA Drugs Site" let us know that there was a new version of the Package Insert for Yasmin, Safyral, and Beyaz which consisted of four new sentences being added to the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section: 5.1 Thromboembolic Disorders and Other Vascular Problems… [read post]
6 Jul 2007, 9:20 am
Avandia Seems Associated With Increased Rate Of Heart Failure; Less Clear Whether Glaxo's Diabetes Drug Causes Heart Attacks, Other Cardiovascular Problems (Posted by Tom Lamb at In the July 5, 2007 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) there are several editorials of interest to those doctors and patients who are concerned about the heart safety of GlaxoSmithKline's diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone). [read post]
13 Jan 2009, 2:25 pm
Discusses 16 Cases Of Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), and Erythema Multiforme (EM) Reported Over Two-and-a-half Years (Posted by Tom Lamb at In an October 1, 2008 article, "FDA Alerts Doctors That Revlimid Can Cause Serious Skin Reactions In Patients", we reported that Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), and Erythema Multiforme (EM) have been associated with the use of Revlimid… [read post]
26 Sep 2008, 7:23 pm
Goodwin Will Preside Over "Double-Dose" Digitek Pill Cases Pursuant To MDL Litigation Order (Posted by Tom Lamb at On August 13, 2008 the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPMDL) issued an order creating the Digitek products liability multidistrict litigation, In Re: Digitek Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 1968, JPMDL. [read post]
27 Jul 2009, 12:35 pm
Requests Consolidation Of Federal Court  Lawsuits Alleging Yasmin Or YAZ Caused Injury Such As Stroke, Heart Attack, Pulmonary Thrombosis, Deep Vein Thrombosis, And Death (Posted by Tom Lamb at _____________________________________________________________________ Update:   According to a Notice of Hearing Session issued August 14, 2009 by the U.S. [read post]
11 Jan 2008, 7:32 am
Blumsohn Shines His Bright Light On This Troubling Situation And Provides A Lengthy List Of Recent Blog Posts About Zetia And Vytorin (Posted by Tom Lamb at Over at the Scientific Misconduct Blog, Dr. [read post]
22 Jun 2012, 2:30 pm by Tom Lamb
New 2012 Medical Journal Article By North Carolina Orthopedic Surgeon Presents Series Of Femoral Stress Fractures In Patients Using Fosamax Or Other Bisphosphonates (Posted by Tom Lamb at William G. [read post]
2 Feb 2010, 1:20 pm by Tom Lamb
Merck Lost Its Attempt To Have Louise Maley's Fosamax Lawsuit Dismissed Before Her April 19, 2010 Trial Date (Posted by Tom Lamb at We have been reporting about the three bellwether trial cases for the federal court Fosamax MDL and, in this article, we continue to do so. [read post]