Pharmacy & Therapeutics: Desease, Drug & Patient Management, FDA Alerts, Patient Education

FDA Obtains Permanent Injunction Against Scientific Laboratories, Inc.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Scientific Laboratories Inc., and its president, Rajeshwari Patel, and chief executive officer, Amit Roy, have signed a Consent Decree of Permanent Injunction and are barred from manufacturing and distributing drug products until they bring their manufacturing operations into compliance with law and obtain approval for their products. ...Read More

Medicis Announces Voluntary Recall of Solodyn? (minocycline HCL, USP) 90 Mg Tablets, Extended Release; Lot Numbers B080037 and B080038 Due to Product Mix-Up

Medicis today announced that the Company is voluntarily recalling lot numbers B080037 (Exp: 12/09) and B080038 (Exp: 12/09) of the antibiotic SOLODYN® (minocycline HCl, USP) Extended Release Tablets, 90 mg, 30-count bottles (NDC 99207-461-30)....Read More

FDA Warns Consumers Against Using Mommy\'s Bliss Nipple Cream Product can be harmful to nursing infants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use or purchase Mommy's Bliss Nipple Cream, marketed by MOM Enterprises, Inc., because the product contains potentially harmful ingredients that may cause respiratory distress or vomiting and diarrhea in infants....Read More

Shingles vaccine recommended for elderly

People age 60 and older should be vaccinated against shingles, or herpes zoster, a painful condition, U.S. health officials said....Read More

Avastin improves breast cancer survival

Roche Holding AG, the world's largest maker of cancer drugs, said on Monday that Avastin met its primary endpoint in a Phase III breast cancer trial....Read More

Bayer pulls Trasylol supplies after study

Bayer AG is removing remaining supplies of its heart-surgery drug Trasylol from the U.S. market after a long-awaited study found it raised the risk of death....Read More

Prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus with angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors

ACE inhibitors have established their role in hypertension, primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular events, and prevention of progression to and worsening of renal function. However, their ability to preserve pancreatic function and prevent new-onset diabetes is also coming to the forefront....Read More


Researchers from Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center have found that approximately one in ten U.S. children uses one or more cough and cold medications during a given week....Read More

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published an update to its 1996 Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline, Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence

With the release of these new guidelines, smokers can receive improved strategies from physicians and other health care providers to help successfully quit smoking....Read More

FDA Completes Final Analysis of Total Body Formula and Total Body Mega Formula Products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s final analysis of certain flavors of "Total Body Formula" and "Total Body Mega Formula” has detected hazardous amounts of chromium....Read More

Users of Blood Glucose Meters Must Use Only the Test Strip Recommended For Use With Their Meter

Users of blood glucose meters should carefully read the Owner’s Manual and only use the test strips that are specified for that meter. As an additional check, the test strip inserts identify the blood glucose meters with which they should be used....Read More

Actavis Totowa (formerly known as Amide Pharmaceutical, Inc.) recalls all lots of Bertek and UDL Laboratories Digitek? (digoxin tablets, USP) as precaution

Consumers were first cautioned March 27, 2008 not to purchase and to discontinue the use of "Total Body Formula" in Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar flavors and "Total Body Mega Formula" in the Orange/Tangerine flavor after receiving reports of adverse reactions....Read More

Tuberculosis and Infections with Enbrel? (etanercept)

Amgen Inc. and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals have added a BOXED WARNING to the ENBREL US Prescribing Information (US PI) to further strengthen and clarify information regarding the risk of infections...Read More

Dual Treatment of Incontinence and Dementia Associated with Functional Decline

Older nursing home residents who took medications for dementia and incontinence at the same time had a 50 percent faster decline in function than those who were being treated only for dementia....Read More

Drug therapy may decrease risk of Parkinson's disease

Two case-control studies evaluating the use of statin therapy and antihypertensive therapies, respectively, and the risk of Parkinson's disease were published simultaneously in the April 15 issue of Neurology....Read More