Category Archives: FDA

All topics related to the Food and Drug Administration such as recalls, reviews, and studies.

Dartmouth College study: Arsenic levels higher in organic brown rice syrup

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A new study released by researchers at Dartmouth College yesterday has stated that the use of organic brown rice syrup in itself and in other products may have higher levels of arsenic. At this time, there are no federal regulations from the Food and Drug Administration on arsenic levels in food, but the study compared […]

Supreme Court Rules Against Citizens

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This year an important Supreme Court case was decided, the verdict letting off the manufacturing companies and forbidding citizen from bring cases to a court that involve faulty medical instruments (which were approved by the FDA). If the FDA approved the instrument, then the court says they cannot bring a case against the FDA. The […]

Serzone: A Medication or Killer?

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For years, American lawmakers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ignored the cries for help from those taking the antidepressant medication, Serzone, of Nefazodone.  Serzone was prescribed for those patients needing an affective antidepressant.  Doctors and scientists claimed that one of the major advantages of Serzone over other antidepressant was that it was not […]

FDA Warns of Tendon Rupture Danger from Cipro and Other Antibiotics

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US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials announced today that it would require manufacturers of certain antibiotics to put a prominent "black box" warning on their products detailing a link between the medication and an increased risk of tendon ruptures. Flouroquinolone antibiotics, a potent class of antibiotics which includes Cipro (manufactured by Bayer) and Levaquin […]

FDA Investigating a Link between Singulair and Suicide

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The Food and Drug Administration has announced that they are going to look into a possible link between Merck's best-selling Singulair and suicide. The agency is reviewing a handful of reports of mood changes, behavioral changes, suicidal behavior, and suicide in people who had taken Singulair. Singulair is an asthma and allergy medication. Merck has […]

143 Million Pound Beef Recall Largest in Nation's History

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A recent beef recall affecting some 143 million pounds of beef is the largest in the nation's history, say officials. The recall, which affects beef products from Westland/Hallmark Meat Co. dating back to Feb. 1, 2006, came as the Southern California factory was under fire for alleged animal cruelty. An investigation into the treatment of […]

FDA To Investigate Tattoo Chemicals

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For the first time, FDA scientists have launched an effort to identify the chemical components of the inks used by tattoo artists, in response to spate of reports of rashes, swelling, blistering, and cracking of skin due to tattoos or permanent makeup. The study, which hopes to identify the long term effects and risks of […]

FDA Warns of Increased Risk of Suicidal Thoughts Associated With Antiepileptics

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According to a report issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week, a recent study of 11 drugs concluded that the class of medications known as "antiepileptics" carries an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Antiepileptics are used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder, migraine headaches, among other conditions. The study concluded that […]

New FDA Regulations Require Testing for Suicidal Tendencies

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Perhaps prompted by recent attention on the connection between the drug Chantix and suicidal thoughts, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a new policy requiring drug makers to study the effect of their products on suicidal tendencies. According to a report published by the New York Times, warnings about a possible link between […]

Definity Micro-bubble Contrasting Agent Linked to Cardiac Arrest

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Definity (Perflutren Lipid Microsphere) is a micro-bubble contrasting agent used in cardiograms that has recently been linked to death and serious, potentially fatal cardiopulmonary reactions.  After 11 reported deaths, the FDA has asked the manufacturers of the ultrasound micro-bubbles, Perflutren, to add a warning to the product.  Four of the eleven reported deaths resulted from […]