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Amy Schauers

Heartburn Drugs Do Not Pose Risk

In May, the pharmaceutical company that makes Prilosec and Nexium, gave the FDA findings from small preliminary trials. During the trials, some cardiac “events” were seen showing a possibility that long-term use of Prilosec and Nexium could increase the risk of heart attack, heart failure and heart-related sudden death, the FDA said at the time.Due to these findings, AstraZeneca, maker of the…

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Diabetes Drug Actos Looking to Rival Avandia

Just days after the FDA hit the diabetes drug Avandia with new safety warnings the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline PLC, makers of Avandia, decided to take out full-page ads to run in 60 newspapers and in several magazines. The main messages is as follows: “If you have type 2 diabetes, Actos has been shown to lower blood sugar without increasing your risk of having a heart attack or…

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Diabetes Drug Avandia May Cause Heart Attack

On Wednesday, November 13, 2007, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made public that they will require the diabetes drug Avandia to carry a “black box” warning saying that the drug could cause chest pain or heart attacks. The company will begin trial comparing Avandia to other rival drugs and placebo to see if the risk is unique to Avandia.FDA’s Dr. Janet Woodcock told reporters that they…

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Bayer Pulls Heart Surgery Medication

After a study showed that the heart surgery drug Trasylol increases death rates, the pharmaceutical company Bayer pulled the drug. The study was the latest in a series of worrisome signs that Trasylol could be dangerous. Last year, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that the drug increased the risks of kidney failure, heart attack and stroke. That research concluded…

Amy Schauers

Cough and Cold Products May Injure Infants

Makers of cough and cold medication for infants announced Thursday that they are pulling their drugs off the self. According to the F.D.A from 1969 to 2006, at least 45 children died in the United States after taking decongestants, and 69 children died after taking antihistamines. The reason these medications can be deadly to infants is due to the risk of overdosing. Many of these drugs come…