Articles Posted in Adverse Drug Update

The FDA issued a warning for the popular antibiotic (azithromycin) commonly known as a Z-Pack and sold under the brand names Zithromax and Zmax. This common antibiotic is widely used to treat sinus infections and bronchitis. In 2011 alone, there were over 50 million prescriptions for the Z-pack with sales in excess of 464 million dollars.
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On March 5, 2013, Pogust Braslow & Millrood, LLC filed its first personal injury suit against Eli Lily and Company over Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms. The case, Carnes v. Eli Lilly and Co., was filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. Cymbalta withdrawal symptoms can be severe, long-lasting, and debilitating. The complaint details that Mr. Carnes suffered from severe brain zaps and aggression, and alleges that the company should have known about the likelihood, extent, and severity of experiencing withdrawal symptoms and yet failed to adequately warn doctors and patients about the risk.
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A 2010 study, published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, found that the risk for heart attacks was the same for Actos as it was for Avandia. According to the study, patients taking Actos or Avandia were 4 percent more likely to experience heart attacks. The study included over 36,000 patients with an average age of 54. This study was conducted over 33 months, including 14 months of treatment on either medication. Among the patients, 602 Avandia users and 599 Actos users suffered a heart attack, heart failure, or died. Even more concerning, there were 217 deaths in each group. Despite these alarming numbers, some found the results of this study to be inconclusive.
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Benzodiazepines, such as Valium, Ativan, Librium and Xanax (and their generic versions), have been around for a long time. They are the most popular drugs the world, selling an estimated $880 billion in 2011 alone. They are commonly prescribed for generalized anxiety and to help with insomnia. They also come with many dangerous known side effects, including the potential to cause drug-induced addiction.
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Last month, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), an independent, non-profit FDA watchdog agency, issued its quarterly report, detailing the 90% increase in adverse events (AEs) reported to the FDA since 2008. Included in the report are findings from a specific investigation aimed at Cymbalta and withdrawal symptoms.
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Seattle, WA, October 31, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Attorney Advertisement Material. Keller Rohrback L.L.P., Keller Rohrback P.L.C., Pogust Braslow Millrood LLC and Deskin Law Firm, a PLC filed a class action lawsuit today against Eli Lilly and Company (“Lilly”) (NYSE:LLY). Lilly, an Indiana based pharmaceutical company, is the maker of Cymbalta. The class action complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, in Los Angeles, on behalf of all consumers who purchased Cymbalta at any time since the product’s launch in August 2004 to the present.
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Millions of patients suffering from kidney disease rely on dialysis and hemodialysis in order to have toxins removed from their body. Dialysis treatment is critical in keeping patients alive and assisting many who may be awaiting a life-saving kidney transplant. And critically important to this life-saving dialysis process is ensuring that the drug products given to dialysis patients neutralize the acid that builds up in their blood.
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NuvaRing, a contraceptive approved in 2001, is a flexible plastic-like ring that is inserted into the vagina and which releases a continuous dose of hormones into a women’s system to prevent ovulation. Since NuvaRing’s approval it has become one of the most popular birth control options for women due to the perceived freedom of not having to remember to take a daily pill.
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