Dangerous Drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now alerting healthcare professionals to stop using CardioGen-82 (manufactured by Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.) for cardiac positron emission tomography (PET) scans. The FDA reports that patients undergoing a CardioGen-82 PET scan are being exposed to excess radiation. A PET scan is a unique type of imaging test that helps doctors see how the organs are tissues inside your body are actually functioning.

In a study published this week by the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers  linked acetaminophen to several forms of blood cancers.  Acetaminophen is the main ingredient in over-the-counter products like Tylenol and Excedrin, and it is also found in many cold medicines.