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Ryan M. Springer

The Opioid Epidemic in Utah

Deaths due to drug overdoses are an epidemic in Utah. But not all deaths are caused by illegal drugs. Many are also caused by prescription errors and improper pain management practices.

Bret Hanna

FedUp Rally Utah Gets Out Important Message

Advocates and family members of those who lost their lives to prescription drug overdoses held a FedUp Rally on Monday at the Utah Capitol to focus attention on the problem. According to the Utah Department of Health, 289 Utahns died […]

Bret Hanna

Prescription Pain Medications Can Kill – Use Only As Directed

Utah ranks 4th in the nation for prescription drug abuse and that abuse kills more Utahns each year than car accidents do. The problem is not limited to Utah, given that 48 million Americans have…

Bret Hanna

Eli Lilly Will Pay Utah 24 Million to Settle Zyprexa Suit

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff announced today that the state has settled a 4-year-long battle with Eli Lilly over its marketing unapproved uses, so-called off-label uses, of its…

Bret Hanna

Local Infectious Disease Specialist Supports Recommendation of Gardasil for Boys

On September 9th, a Food and Drug Administration committee issued a recommendation that the Gardasil vaccine manufactured by Merck be given to males between the ages of 9 and 26 to prevent genital…

Bret Hanna

Death By Prescription Drugs – Be Careful

Natural News, relying on data from the CDC, reported that prescription drug deaths shot up 68 percent in a five year period. Statistics show that for the reporting period, prescription drug deaths…

Bret Hanna

Deadly Heparin? Drug Investigated in Two Deaths

A hospital in Delaware and the Federal Drug Administration are investigating two deaths and other complications that may be related to the use of the anti-coagulant heparin according to a report in…

Bret Hanna

FDA Alerts Doctors to New Suicide Warnings for Epilepsy Drugs

The Boston Herald reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting doctors that there is an increased risk of suicidal tendencies associated with anti-seizure medications. Such drugs…

Amy Schauers

Over the Counter Drugs Bad for Children Under Age 2

The FDA is issuing a parental warning today. It warns parents to avoid over the counter cold medicine for children under the age of two. They say that these drugs may be harmful and cause serious and potentially life threatening side effects. The concern is that parents may purchase over the counter cold medications for their older children and then give them to their toddlers.Ganley cited…

Amy Schauers

Children's Vaccine Recall

Merck announced today that they are voluntarily recalling one million vaccines that are normally given to children under age five. Merck is pulling 11 lots of PedvaxHIB and two lots of COMVAX. PedvaxHIB is a vaccine that protects against infection with haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), the bacteria that causes meningitis, pneumonia, and blood stream infections. The COMVAX vaccine protects…