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    1. Jacob

      Sleeping Pills Linked to Higher Risk of Cancer and Death

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      A recent study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that prescription sleeping pills are associated with increased risk of early death and cancer. For about 70 million Americans poor sleep is a serious concern. Although there are many natural approaches to sleep problems, sleeping pills is the major...
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      FDA Issues Warning: Meningitis Outbreak Linked to More Drugs

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      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings on additional drugs produced by the specialty pharmacy at the center of the current meningitis outbreak. The FDA said it was investigating a report of a meningitis infection in a patient who got a different steroid than the type linked to...
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      Overweight Kids on More Medications

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      According to new research from Canada, overweight children aged 12 to 19 are 59 per cent more likely than normal-weight kids to take prescription medication Overweight children are far more likely to take prescription medications than children of a normal weight—a trend that adds to already higher health-care costs for...
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      New Drugs Approvals Fall is The FDA Finally Doing Its Job

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      A study says drug approvals way down. The study presented at a biotechnology industry conference, BIO CEO & Investor Conference, says that the success rate for getting new drugs approved has fallen by about 50%. Drug companies have been raising more complaints recently about a regulatory environment that has begun...
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      A Superbug Born of Drugs for Pneumonia

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      One of the arguments for the use of natural medicines whenever possible instead of an over reliance on drugs and vaccines is the ability of bacteria and viruses to mutate developing resistance to drugs and vaccines. Current examples and the growing problem of super bugs, with resistance to antibiotics, and...
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      The Feds Stepping into Big Pharma Territory With Drug Development

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      Taking what is sure to be a step that is sure to raise controversy, the U.S. Government may be taking small steps towards getting into the drug development business. The news is bouncing around the internet after a recent article in the NY Times As the cost and risk of...
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      Conventional Medicine’s Answer for Child Insomnia: Drugs

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      An astonishing one in four children who have problems sleeping are being given medications.  The drugs range from antihistamines to sedatives to ADHD drugs to antidepressants. Typical practice in conventional medicine appears to be treating insomnia in children with over-the-counter and prescription medicine. The practice is especially apparent in children...
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      Glaxo forecasts cut as Avandia reaches end of road – Reuters

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      Glaxo forecasts cut as Avandia reaches end of roadReutersLONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Analysts cut earnings forecasts for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L) on Friday after regulators moved to end most use of Avandia, although the impact was limited as sales of the diabetes drug were already set to tail …Popular diabetes drug...
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      FDA Review Panel VOtes for Denial of Diet Drug

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      A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted against approval of a new diet pill. The vote was 9 to 5 against the drug named lorcaserin that the benefits do not outweigh the risks. The drug was not very effective as a weight loss aid and had potential risks, according...
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      FDA Issues Warning to 5 E-cigarette Distributors

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      In a continuing battle with the e-cigarette industry, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued warning letters to five electronic cigarette distributors. The warnings were issued for for various violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) including unsubstantiated claims and poor manufacturing practices. In a previous...
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      US Faces Drug Resistant Microbes Crisis

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      The United States must focus on conserving the use of antibacterial drugs, or face a public health crisis from rapidly rising rates of antibiotic-resistant infections, according to an analysis published in the journal Health Affairs. Evidence indicates that our nation’s supply of antibiotics is being depleted by resistance, which occurs...
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      Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Cancer Risk

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      Oral bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs, which include such Actonel, Boniva, and Fosamax, could be associated with an approximately twofold increased risk of esophageal cancer. A new study showed that long-term users of the drugs had nearly double the risk for the rare but deadly cancer.  Concerns about a link between bisphosphonates...
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      FDA: Cases of Severe Liver Injury From Use of Weight Loss Drugs Xenical, Alli

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      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today advised consumers and health care professionals about potential rare occurrences of severe liver injury in patients taking the weight-loss medication orlistat, marketed as Xenical and Alli. People who take Xenical or Alli should be aware that liver injury with orlistat – while rare...
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      Tylenol Serious Side Effects Investigated

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      According to a report from CNN, the Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports of hundreds of serious side effects from drugs recently recalled by McNeil, a division of Johnson & Johnson. Included were reports of deaths (with almost all found to be not caused by the drugs). According to...
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      New Health Warning for Statin Drugs

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      Zocor (simvastatin) is a statin drug taken by around three million people in order to lower their cholesterol.  However, an analysis of clinical trial data has found that high doses can cause muscle damage and a rare condition which induces kidney problems and may be fatal. The U.S. Food and...
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      7 Drugs That Can Kill Kids With Just a Single Pill

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      the Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America notes that in 50 percent of all childhood accidental poisonings, the medication bottle was only “out” for a short amount of time as it was being used. Here are some of the more common medicines that can lead to emergencies when accidentally ingested...
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      Over Half a Million U.S. Kids Per Year Suffer Health Reactions From Drugs

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      (NaturalNews) More than half a million children suffer adverse reactions every year in the United States from prescription drugs, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Children’s Hospital in Boston and published in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers examined data on emergency room and clinic visits between the...
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      Even Drugs Thrown in the Trash Can End Up in Your Drinking Water

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      The federal government advises throwing most unused or expired medications into the trash instead of down the drain, but they can end up in the water anyway, a study from Maine suggests. Tiny amounts of discarded drugs have been found in water at three landfills in the state, confirming suspicions...
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      FDA Warns of Heart Risks With Diet Drug

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      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed data that indicates an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with a history of cardiovascular disease using sibutramine, marketed as the weight loss medication Meridia. The sibutramine drug label already includes warnings against the use of sibutramine in...
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      Drug Companies Covertly Promote Off-label Drug Use

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      Off-label drug use is the use of a drug for treatment of conditions for which it has not been officially approved, so the use for such conditions is not on the drugs official label. Off-label prescription of a drug is generally legal. However, the promotion of off-label uses by a...
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      Obesity Drug Acomplia Taken Of the Market

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      Following a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency, the huge pharmaceutical firm Sanofi-Aventis has halted the sale of the anti-obesity drug Acomplia in the EU. Acomplia joins An ever growing list of approved drugs that are found to be high risk after approval “The risks of taking Acomplia are now...
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      Serious Drug Reaction Reports at All Time High

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      Over 4,000 deaths linked to drug adverse reactions during the quarter. According to a new report from Institute for Safe Medication Practices, a non-profit consumer watchdog, “A record number of deaths and serious injuries associated with drug therapy were reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the...
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      Aspirin and Breast Cancer Risk

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      A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute fiound that taking aspirin or ibuprofen may increase a woman’s breast cancer risk by 50%. What they found was 1: Women who took ibuprofen daily for at least five years were about 50% more likely to be diagnosed with...
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      FDA Finally Goes Public With Drug Safety Watch List

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      FDA to Post Quarterly Report of Potential Safety Issues. The first report lists 20 drugs along with the potential safety issue associated with each drug. In a move that can only help consumers and medical professionals make better decisions about drugs, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today...
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      Despit Warnings, Anti-psychotic Drug Prescriptions for Elderly Up

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      Three warnings ignored, are doctors paying attention. While three regulatory warnings of serious adverse events from anti-psychotic prescription drugs slowed the growth of use of atypical anti-psychotic drugs among elderly patients with dementia, they did not reduce the overall prescription rate of these drugs. This stark finding comes from an...
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      Antidepressant Drugs Linked to Internal Bleeding

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      Problem seen in 1990s and risk increases with some painkillers according to new study. The widely prescribed class of  antidepressants known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) appear to be associated with bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract, saya a study published in the medical journal Archives of General Psychiatry. ...
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      Antipsychotics Linked to Serious Side Effects

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      Short-Term Use of antipsychotics in older adults With dementia associated with serious adverse events. Older adults with dementia who receive short-term courses of antipsychotic medications are more likely to be hospitalized or die than those who do not take the drugs, according to a report in Archives of Internal Medicine....
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      Perscription Drugs and Marijuana May Harm Fetus Brain

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      Cannabis and certain prescribed drugs can harm the developing brain according to research from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. show that the influence of this crucial signalling system in the developing brain is much more widespread than was originally thought. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National...
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      FDA: Antipsychotics Linked to Increased Risk Of Mortality

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      FDA is requiring the manufacturers of conventional antipsychotic drugs to add a Boxed Warning and Warning to the drugs’ prescribing information about the risk of mortality in elderly patients treated for dementia-related psychosis similar to the Boxed Warning and Warning added to the prescribing information of the atypical antipsychotic drugs...
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      50% of Us on Prescription Meds?

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      Yep, it’s become that big. The pharmaceutical industry must be doing cartwheels, and it’s no wonder this multi billion dollar business has serious business interests in keeping people on medications and creating new meds for different things all the time. Heck, just the other day, I heard they approved a...
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      Dangers of Drugs and Alcohol

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      As a society, Americans are far too reliant on pills and substances to fix everything from bouts of anxiety to an occasional sleepless night.  When substances and drugs are combined, the consequences can be dangerous and sometimes deadly. All medications have side effects and there is no such thing as...
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      Bypass Risk Drug Fails to Reduce Risks

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      The drug ‘ MC-1 given before and after bypass surgery does not appear to lower the risk of heart attack or death according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association . The drug is a naturally occurring byproduct of vitamin B6. Of bypass surgery...
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      FDA: Epilepsy & Psychiatric Drugs Double Suicide Risk

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      FDA informed healthcare professionals that the Agency has analyzed reports of suicidality (suicidal behavior or ideation) from placebo-controlled clinical studies of eleven drugs used to treat epilepsy as well as psychiatric disorders, and other conditions. In the FDA’s analysis, patients receiving anti-epileptic drugs approximately twice the risk of suicidal behavior...
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      Cough Meds Send Over 7,000 Kids to Emergency

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      Each year, about 7,000 children ages 11 and younger go to hospital emergency rooms after taking cold and cough medicines, about two-thirds of them ingested without a parent or caregiver nearby, according to a recent U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study. Children between the ages of 2 and 5...
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      FDA Recalls Leukine

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      Bayer and FDA informed healthcare professionals of the market withdrawal of the current liquid formulation of Leukine, a growth factor that helps fight infection and disease in appropriate patients by enhancing immune cell function. The product was withdrawn because of an upward trend in spontaneous reports of adverse reactions, including...
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      FDA Blood Clot Warning for the Patch

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      The FDA is requiring a label change for the Ortho Evra Contraceptive Transdermal (Skin) Patch and has issued a warning of serious blood clots from the birth control skin patch. The serious risk is higher than for women who use the pill, for which the risk of blood clots is...
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      Warning for Anti-smoking Drug

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      FDA informed healthcare professionals of reports of suicidal thoughts and aggressive and erratic behavior in patient who have taken Chantix, a smoking cessation product. There are also reports of patients experiencing drowsiness that affected their ability to drive or operate machinery. FDA is currently reviewing these cases, along with other...
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      Diabetes Drugs, More Bad Heart Risk News

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      Yet another study finds AVANDIA puts the heart at risk. A second study finds ACTOS also increases heart risks. The diabetes drug Avandia has been found in another study to significantly increase the risk of heart attack. The alternative, ACTOS also increase the risk of serious heart failure, but may...
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      FDA Drug Deaths/Injury Reports Up Sharply

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      Reports of serious adverse effects from prescription drugs grow four times faster than patient population and more than double between 1998 and 2005. A serious adverse drug event, as defined by the FDA, means an adverse event that resulted in death, a birth defect, disability, hospitalization, or was life-threatening or...
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      Recall of Zencore

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      Bodee LLC, the maker of Zencore announced today that it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall of all the company’s supplement product sold under the name Zencore Tabs. Customers who have this product in their possession should stop using it immediately and contact their physician if they have experienced any...
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      Avandia: Textbook Safety Failure

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      The recent serious FDA warnings on possible serious heart risks for the diabetes drug Avandia, a widely prescribed drug that generated billions in revenue yearly, are only the latest in a serious of warnings about the dangers of the drug that raise more questions about the ability and quality of...
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      FDA Requires Highest Warning For Antidepressants

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      FDA imposed a “Black Box” warning, the strongest warning it can, on label warnings for all antidepressant medications to include warnings about increased risks of suicidal thinking and behavior, known as suicidality, in young adults ages 18 to 24. The new warning is a balancing act by the FDA as...
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      FDA Recalls IBS drug Zelnorm

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      After new studies, the FDA has issuing this public health advisory to for Zelnorm, (tegaserod maleate) after new astudies show it increase the risk of serious heart problems and stroke. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, has agreed to take Zelnorm off the market because new safety analysis has found a higher chance...
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      Parkinson’s Drug Withdrawn Causes Heart Damage

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      The FDA and companies that manufacture and distribute have agreed to withdraw the drug Pergolide from the market due to the potential for heart damage. Two new studies showed that patients with Parkinson’s disease who were treated with pergolide had an increased chance of serious damage to their heart valves when...
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      FDA Issues Serious Warning for Anemia Drugs

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      The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a public health advisory outlining new safety information, including revised product labeling about erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), the widely-used drugs Procrit, Epogen and Aranesp for the treatment of anemia. According to the warning the widely used drugs can increase the risk of...
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