New reports surrounding the sports supplement Craze have caused concern throughout the athletic arena. Tests by scientists in the United States and South Korea have found, what they report to be, a chemical similar to methamphetamine in the popular sports supplement. According to the reports, researchers informed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in May that the chemical in Craze was very similar to methamphetamine which is a highly addictive, very powerful illegal stimulant drug.
Johnson & Johnson, who has in the past experienced some serious concerns and questions with regards to its quality control, has again announce two recalls of popular consumer products in the space of one week - liquid Motrin for infants and Risperdal Consta. These two most recent recalls appear to be on products that are made (or their ingredients are made) by outside companies, leading one to again question the quality control of J &J.
In 2009, at the age of 54, Jed Grisham began taking Plavix for the treatment of blockages in his arteries. Approximately two years later, Grisham suffered from a large left brain hemorrhage and died from his injuries.
In the wake of a recent deadly meningitis outbreak, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will consider ways to strengthen regulation of drug compounding.
Once again the controversial diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) will be the subject of a 2 day Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hearing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking the unusual step of re-evaluating the evidence of safety risks from the once popular diabetes drug Avandia, whose sales were sharply restricted by the federal agency three years ago because of cardiovascular risks. The re-evaluation is to better assess the drug's safety.
The Supreme Court has agreed that it will hear a case regarding whether a generic drug maker can be held liable in product-liability lawsuit claiming a design defect.
According to a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a popular antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections can cause abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart that may lead to a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm. The drug, azithromycin (Zithromax or Zmax), is commonly sold in what is called a Z-pak. The FDA reports that in 2011 alone, approximately 40.3 million individuals in the United States received an outpatient prescription for the macrolide azithromycin.
A Massachusetts family has recently been awarded $63 million against Johnson & Johnson after a young girl suffered severe side effects from taking Children's Motrin. The family of Samantha Reckis will ultimately receive $109 million with interest as the injury occurred a decade ago.
Dozens of lots of the generic version of the cholesterol drug Lipitor have been recalled because they may contain tiny glass particles. Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. is operating under increased scrutiny from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of possible multiple quality lapses at several of its factories over the past several years.
Pradaxa is a prescription drug taken by many as a blood thinner (anticoagulant). This blood-thinning medication lowers the chance of blood clots forming in the body. It is commonly used for individuals who have an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (AFib) when it not caused by a problem in the heart valve.