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Category Archives: Dangerous Drugs

Your Herbal Supplements May Be a Danger to Your Health!

An investigation by Attorney General Erik T. Schneiderman revealed that herbal supplements being sold at four major retailer – GNC, Walmart, Target and Walgreens – did not contain the herbs they purported to contain. DNA testing on products like Echinacea, ginseng, St. John’s Wort and garlic revealed that just 21% of store brand supplements from -->

FDA Warns Manufacturer of Sports Supplement ‘Craze’

The FDA has sent an official warning letter to Craze about concerns that have been raised about its safety for more than a year.The letter questions whether compounds listed on the label as coming from dendrobium orchids are really found in the plant. It says that the proprietary blend of ingredients listed on the label -->

Bladder Cancer Related Taking Actos – Drug for Diabetes

The latest Actos bladder cancer case commenced on January 21, in Western Louisiana with the process of jury selection. The case is Terrance Allen et ix. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America Inc. et al (Civil No. 12-0065) and is part of the group of consolidated cases known In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) products Liability Litigation. The -->

7 Drugs That Can Kill Kids in a Single Pill

In 2002 there were 2.4 million toxic ingestions, and more than half of these occurred in children younger than 6, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Children aged 18-36 months seemed to be at the highest risk, and for these toddlers, just one pill can be deadly. Be aware of these 7 -->

OxyElite Pro Recalled

The popular dietary supplement, OxyElite, used to lose weight and build muscle, has been recalled due to liver injuries in victims as a result of consuming this product. Over the last several years, OxyElite Pro has been reformulated by the manufacturer because of safety concerns. OxyElite Pro has recently been implicated in numerous cases of -->

OxyElite Pro Supplements Recalled!

The FDA has agreed to recall the dietary supplement linked to dozens of cases of acute liver failure and hepatitis, including one death and illnesses so severe that several patients required liver transplants. In addition to the recall, USPLabs assured FDA officials that it will destroy warehouse stocks of  the supplement. The FDA will oversee -->

Legalizing Marijuana Raises Health Concerns

The recreational use of marijuana became legal in Colorado and Washington. Over a dozen states have decriminalized possession of small amounts of the substance. Although federal law still bans both the sales and possession of marijuana, President Obama has said the federal government has bigger issues at hand and will not aggressively prosecute those selling -->

Unmasking the People Behind Risky Pills

A number of supplement makers caught with drug-spiked products are run by executives with criminal backgrounds. Tests have discovered that their supposedly all-natural pills and powders have contained potentially dangerous ingredients including methamphetamine-like compounds and anti-psychotic drugs. Dr. Larry LeGunn, a supposedly legitimate doctor sold dietary pills and powders called Tranquility. But these drugs were -->

Will a New Insomnia Drug Be the Next Blockbuster?

Merck, the pharmaceutical company has developed a new insomnia drug that could replace leading competitors such as Ambien. Suvorexant, the new sleeping pill that the company has been developing for a decade, was proved to be safe and effective. The FDA was to approve the new drug and if the government approved suvorexant, it would -->

FDA Urging a Tighter Control on Painkiller Prescriptions

The FDA has recently recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers. These changes are expected to go into effect next year. The decision follows a debate over whether drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone should be controlled as tightly as more powerful drugs such as OxyContin. The drugs being considered -->

Sleep Aids & Evaluating Drowsy Driving in the Morning

The F.D.A. is now evaluating the issue of the lingering effects of common prescription sleep aids like Ambien. New  evidence suggests that these effects can last until the next morning and the concern is whether people who take these drugs before bed can drive safely the next morning. Nearly 5% of daytime drivers tested positive -->

Teen Drivers: The Safety Tips You Need To Know As a New Driver

Getting your license can be an exciting time for anyone. However, if the proper safety precautions aren’t taken, your first time out on the road could be your last. Teen drivers ages 16-19 are three times more likely than drivers ages 20 and older to be involved in a fatal crash. As a new driver, -->

The 5 Most Dangerous Recalled Drugs

Many drugs have been pulled off the market in the past few years due to serious complication, but here are 5 of the most dangerous drugs that were once on the market: Vioxx: This anti-inflammatory drug was pulled off the global market in 2004. A study found that it significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular -->

In 5-4 Ruling, Justices Say Generic Makers Are Not Liable for Design of Drugs

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that generic drug manufacturers could not be sued by patients who claim that drugs they took were defectively designed. The decision overturned the verdict of a New Hampshire jury in 2010 when a woman was awarded $21 million for developing an extreme skin disease after taking a generic version -->

Beta Labs, LTD Announces a Recall of Dietary Supplements Oxyphen, Phentalene, Phen FX, and Red Vipers Due to Possible Health Risk

According to the FDA on June 20th, Beta Labs, LTD (“Beta”), dietary supplement retailer, is recallingOxyphen XR Lot #s 200910 and 200911, Phentalene Lot # 58800512, Phen FX Lot # 1205129, and Red Vipers Lot # 1205128 (hereinafter referred to as the “Products”). The recall was initiated on June 15, 2013, after a review of -->

The Heart Perils of Pain Relievers

Common pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen, or Nsaids, are the go-to drugs for headaches, pulled muscles and arthritis. Their labels have warned us about the risk of heart attack and stroke if overused, but most of us rely on them on a daily basis. Although occasional use of these drugs will not lead -->

FDA: Lower Ambien’s Dose to Prevent Drowsy Driving

On Wednesday, May 15, The FDA approved a new, lower-dose labeling for the popular sleep drug, Ambien, in an effort to decrease daytime drowsiness that could potentially be a danger while performing certain tasks such as driving. In January, drugs containing zolpidem must carry instructions that lower the recommended dose and provide more safety information -->

Prescription Drug Death Epidemic

According to a CNN report on November 15, accidental death from prescription drug overdoses is the biggest man-made epidemic in the United States. The most common scenario, according to Gary Franklin, medical director for Washington State’s Department of Labor and Industries, involves a man in his 40s or 50s who visits a doctor with a -->

Treating Diabetes with Actos and Risk of Bladder Cancer

Mr. Fromson is a Partner with Finkelstein & Partners, LLP, and he participates in the firm’s litigation involving dangerous drugs. Being a diabetic is tough enough and monitoring your blood sugar just got tougher.  Users of the drug, Actos, who already have to confront its association with heart failure, now confront another concern:  bladder cancer.  -->

FDA Reports Excess Radiation from PET scan

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 -->