The youngest victims of the ever-growing opioid epidemic in the United States are toddlers. Toddlers are overdosing on opioids at an alarming rate due to accidental exposure and ingestion. A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics finds single-dose drug packaging may be the answer to saving young lives.
In our never-ending quest to be healthy, many people take herbal supplements to boost their physical and mental health, memory, energy, digestion, and heart health, among other things. Supplements are marketed and accepted as part of a healthy diet so most people never question their safety, but a new study
Every day brings new headlines about the devastating opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, and the mounting death toll left in its wake. In an effort to address the use and abuse of opioids, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Drug Safety Communication requiring new drug safety
Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the Mayo Clinic and Yale School of Medicine followed 222 drug therapeutics approved by the FDA from 2001-2010. Researcher found nearly one-third of the drugs had safety problems after FDA approval and required FDA action either to remove it from the market,
Men who take medication to treat hair loss and/or prostate issues may also be at risk for long-term sexual dysfunction problems, according to a new study published in the journal PeerJ. Brand name drugs such as Propecia, Proscar, and Avodart, and generics known as finasteride and dutasteride, are prescribed in
An updated warning label on popular multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera reflects the increased risk of liver injury with use, along with the possibility of hospitalization. The label changes were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in January 2017, and are outlined on www.tecfidera.com under the warning section.
Consumers often choose generics drugs thinking they are getting the same quality product as the brand-name drug but at a lower price. What consumers don’t know is that generic drug makers have no legal liability if their products injure or kill them, but that could change if a proposed new
New research indicates many of the daily dietary supplements taken by millions of Americans interfere with the effectiveness of their prescription medications, especially cancer drugs. Dietary supplements can interfere with prescription drugs because they contain the same active ingredients, and work to reduce the effectiveness of prescription drugs, or may
The U. S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) is the latest regulatory voice to speak out about the dangers of opioid pain medications, warning consumers of new safety risks and requiring manufacturers to change safety labeling for all types of opioids. Opioids are powerful narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin, Percocet,
A new study published in the February 2016 JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) – Internal Medicine, found that common over-the-counter (OTC) medications used to treat acid reflux might be associated with an increased risk of long-term kidney damage. Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec belong to a class of drugs