FDA Reviewing Stronger Warning Labels Regarding Blood Clots on Yaz Labels
The Associated Press as well as ABC Nighty News Have Recently Published Articles Highlighting the FDA's Desire to Add Additional Safety Warnings to Yaz Labels:
"Federal health regulators are leaning toward adding new information about the risk of blood clots to the labels of widely prescribed birth control pills such as Yaz, in light of growing evidence suggesting the newer contraceptive drugs may be riskier than older drugs. In documents released Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration said there is conflicting evidence about the risk from several studies, but the information should appear in labeling used by doctors and patients.
Hot Coffee Trailer
Susan Saladoff has released the official trailer for her documentary "Hot Coffee". This documentary discusses the media's role in corporate America.
The makers of "Hot Coffee" have also provided a link that shows various steps you can take to protect your access to the civil justice system:
Meme-Busting: Tort Reform = Cost Control
On June 2, 2011 the Washington Post published an article written by Aaron Carroll, a doctor, highlighting the upcoming presidential election and health care reform.
"With the presidential election coming up, and health care still a hot issue, I’ve been preparing a series to highlight some of the “memes” that continue to permeate our debate, even when evidence suggests they aren’t true.
FDA Warns Not to Feed Simply Thick to Premature Infants
SimplyThick is a brand of thickening agent—available to consumers and medical centers—to help manage swallowing difficulties. It is sold in packets of individual servings and in 64-ounce dispenser bottles. The product can be purchased from distributors and local pharmacies throughout the United States.
FDA continues to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating a possible link between SimplyThick and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants as early indications have suggested. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a disease where the tissue in the intestines becomes inflamed and dies.
Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone: Possible Increased Risk of Blood Clots
ISSUE: FDA is aware of two newly published studies that evaluated the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in women who use birth control pills that contain drospirenone. The two recently published studies looked at whether there is a higher risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing the progestin drospirenone when compared to similar women taking birth control pills containing a different progestin called levonorgestrel.
Paxil Cases Assigned to Savage, Over GlaxoSmithKline's Protests
The Legal Intelligencer
May 25, 2011 In a setback for GlaxoSmithKline, the same federal judge who recently remanded eight Paxil birth defect suits to state court has now been assigned by his chief judge to decide the fate of another 21 cases despite GSK's protests of "judge shopping." "We disagree with defendant that it is unfair to transfer the motions to Judge [Timothy] Savage, who is extremely familiar with the issue involved and has already ruled on the motions in other Paxil cases," Chief Judge Harvey Bartle III wrote.
Judge Rules GSK's 'Nerve Center' in Phila. for Paxil Suits
Lawyers for GlaxoSmithKline were enjoying something of a winning streak in their efforts to remove drug products liability lawsuits to federal court — and keep them there — by arguing that it has converted to a limited liability company that is based in Delaware.
But that streak may now be over.
Oral Contraceptives and the Risk of Gall Bladder Disease: A Comparative Safety Study
The Canadian Medical Association Journal has recently conducted a comparative study regarding the use of oral contraceptives and gall bladder disease. An excerpt from this study is listed below.
Background: Recent concerns have been raised about the risk of gallbladderdisease associated with the use of drospirenone, a fourth-generationprogestin used in oral contraceptives. We conducted a studyto determine the magnitude of this risk compared with otherformulations of oral contraceptives.
Asthma Relieving Advair Linked to Severe Asthma Attacks
Manufactured in 2000 by GlaxoSmithKline, Advair an inhaled medication, contains both Long-Acting Beta-Agonists, fluticasone propionate (Flovent) and salmeterol (Serevent).This combination treatment decreases inflammation in the lungs, and works to relax the muscles around the airways in the lungs. Advair is primarily used to treat asthma attacks and chronic pulmonary disease.
Wicked Understudy Sues Bayer Claiming Yasmin Caused Stroke
A stunning stage actress is suing the drug giant Bayer, claiming its popular birth-control pill Yasmin caused her to have a stroke at age 27.
Brenda Hamilton, who is an understudy in the Broadway show "Wicked," said she had been taking Yasmin for a little more than two years when she suffered the terrifying stroke in May 2007.
She has since recovered, but says in a civil suit filed in The Bronx that Bayer knew Yasmin posed a greater risk than did other birth-control pills for blood clots and strokes, but withheld that information from patients and doctors.
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