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Jeff Rasansky

Urgent Recall For Digitek (Digoxin)

A class I recall is being issued for all Digitek (digoxin) medications,
because they might have twice the approved levels of digoxin.
Double-strength pills can cause digitalis toxicity, which can…

Jeff Rasansky

Several Drugs Found to be Linked to Suicide

Suicide has been linked to several medicines over the past few years.
Some of these include Accutane, Chantix, Singular and Paxil. The Food
and Drug Administration has received reports on at least…

Jeff Rasansky

FDA Links Deaths to Defective Blood Thinner Heparin

The FDA has raised its estimate of the number of people who may have died from allergic reactions to Chinese-produced batches of Heperin to 62 people. According to the Washington Post, 47 of the 62…

Jeff Rasansky

Chemotherapy Drug Causes Cognitive Problems

A study published in today’s Journal of Biology discovered exactly how the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) causes memory problems, cognitive difficulties and an effect called "chemo brain"…

Jeff Rasansky

New WellPoint System to Identify Drug Problems

With the number of drug recalls, adverse reactions and other issues involving over-the-counter and prescription medications, WellPoint Inc is developing a system to more quickly uncover health risks…

Jeff Rasansky

Pfizer: Inhaled Insulin Linked to Lung Cancer

Clinical trials of Exubera, an inhaled insulin product, found increased cases of lung cancer among those using the product. Originally projected by Pfizer to reign in multi-billion dollar profits,…

RLF Staff

Actavis Recalling Remaining Lots of Fentanol Pain Patches

Actavis Inc has recalled all remaining lots of Fentanyl Pain Patches. As with the previous recalls, there may be a defect that could cause fentanyl to leak directly to the skin of the patient or caregiver and cause an Fentanyl overdose. Fentanyl overdose could cause difficulty breating or even death. Actavis recalled 14 lots of the Fentanyl Pain Patches a few weeks ago and now are recalling all…

RLF Staff

More Fentanyl Pain Patches Recalled

Another Fentanyl pain patch has been recalled today due to the risk of accidental Fentanyl overdose. Activis Inc. has recalled 14 lots of its Fentanyl transdermal system CII patches as a cautionary measure. Fentanyl transdermal patches (sold as Duragesic) are prescribed to treat severe chronic pain that requires constant medication for extended periods.This is the second fentanyl pain patch…

RLF Staff

Adverse Reactions Spur Recall of Baxter Heparin Vials

Heparin Sodium Injection Vials were recalled due to an increase in adverse Heparin reactions. Baxter has received 100 reports of reactions and is looking into one death that may be linked to the Baxter Heparin recall.A variety of Heparin-caused reactions have been reported such as burning sensation, chest pain, abdominal pain, lowered blood pressure, diarrhea, dizziness, flushing, headache,…

RLF Staff

Aranesp , Epogen, and Procrit Linked to Increased Tumor Growth

The FDA informed healthcare professionals of findings from two additional clinical studies, Preoperative Epirubicin Paclitaxel Aranesp Study, and the National Cancer Institute Gynecologic Oncology Group, showing an increase in mortality and shorter time to tumor progression in patients with cancer receiving an Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent (ESA). Both the PREPARE study in breast cancer and…