Category Archive for: ‘Adverse Drug Reactions’

Generic Vicodin tablets recalled for acetaminophen dosage by Qualitest

Qualitest, a Huntsville, Alabama, subsidiary of Endo Health Solutions, has voluntarily recalled 101 lots of hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen tablets. The company said some of the tablets may contain more acetaminophen than the label claims. Hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen (the generic version of Vicodin) are used for moderate to moderately severe pain. Increased acetaminophen levels can cause liver damage, especially …

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Pfizer settles lawsuit with widow over suicide linked to Chantix

A Minnesota woman has received an undisclosed settlement with Pfizer Inc., maker of the anti-smoking drug Chantix, over the suicide death of her husband, Mark Alan Whitely. Judy Ann Whitely sued Pfizer, saying the pharmaceutical company didn’t warn consumers that Chantix might increase the risk of suicide. Whitely killed himself in November 2007. While the Whitely case was the first …

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FDA: Muscle, pain relievers may cause serious burns

If an over-the-counter muscle and joint pain reliever is causing more pain or skin damage, including swelling or blistering, stop using it and get medical help, cautions the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The agency has received dozens of complaints that serious skin injuries, ranging from first- to third-degree chemical burns, were allegedly caused by single- or combination-ingredient products with …

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3 children die from taking codeine for pain after surgery, FDA warns

Parents and guardians are being cautioned of the risks of giving prescribed codeine to children after surgeries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says three children died and another suffered a non-fatal but life-threatening case of respiratory depression, all after being given codeine as a pain reliever after surgeries to remove tonsils and/or adenoids. The children were given codeine in …

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Mishandled drugs in clinic put patients at risk, CDC warns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned about the risk of infection when clinics re-use injections intended for single-use only. According to, 10 patients in Arizona and Delaware got serious infections requiring hospitalization after they were injected with diluted drugs intended to be administered to one patient only. A nationwide shortage of drug vials intended for multiple …

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Drug therapy risks affect millions, but no one seems to care, group says

Last year, the FDA received nearly 180,000 reports of serious, disabling, and fatal adverse drug events in the United States – most of them through drug makers – that affected up to 4 million Americans, which makes an industry watchdog group wonder if anybody out there cares. “In fact, the 2011 data illustrate that many of the reports of patient …

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