Many Americans take over-the-counter and prescription medications to make them feel better or keep them alive. While many of them work as they're intended to, others are downright dangerous. Manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall countless drugs or medications from the market every year. These recalls often happen after patients experience health declines. There are steps that you should follow if your medication is recalled.
Two drugs, one injection fighter and another used to treat schizophrenia, have been recalled for potential contamination. The Indian company Emcure Pharmaceuticals produces the drugs. They're then distributed by Heritage Pharmaceuticals here in the United States. The factory where the drugs are manufactured has long had problems with sterility.
Houston, TX...The Energy Capital of the World houses the headquarters of more than 500 oil and gas exploration and production firms in the country. With this concentration of chemicals comes the risks of contamination or exposure. Unfortunately, a fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company located in Deer Park, a suburb of Houston, caused elevated levels of Benzene in the area on Thursday morning.
Early this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of birth control pills manufactured by the Apotex Corporation due to a packaging error.
A few months ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalled several generic blood pressure medications manufactured by Mylan Pharmaceuticals. Since then, over 104 lots of valsartan tablets and valsartan-combo tablets have been recalled. Regulators have found that the often-prescribed heart drug actually contains a carcinogen.
Have you been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Millions of people have been diagnosed by their doctors with ADHD. The thing is, this medical condition doesn't have a "test," per se. You can't take a blood exam to definitively know if you have this illness. Nevertheless, by asking a few questions, your doctor may decide to prescribe you medicine — a highly addictive drug — to improve your condition.
If you were asked why people die from taking prescription drugs, you'd likely say it's because they take them differently from how they're prescribed or take something that was for someone else. That's often not the case though. Many individuals either become injured or die by taking medications exactly as prescribed by their doctors. Those who do either become addicted or have an adverse side effect to them.
Do you have a children's Advil bottle in your medicine cabinet? Great! Ibuprofen is an excellent pain reliever. Is it four ounces? Ok, pretty standard. Is it...bubble gum flavored? Uh oh. Normally this would be a typical product...perfectly safe at therapeutic doses, but the recent 4 oz bubble gum children's Advil lists the dosages out of whack.
Everyone likes to save money and especially when you have to pick up the same prescription every month, those medications add up. Doctors like to prescribe generic versions of drugs because it saves the patient money and contains the same active ingredient as the original manufacturer. But other manufacturers use different processes, resulting in different inactive ingredients, which do not have to be the same as the original medication. Generic versions of a drug used to stabilize blood pressure and prevent heart failure are being recalled in 22 countries because one of the ingredients poses a potential cancer risk.
Some health care watchdog groups are concerned about how the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recently started releasing potentially dangerous drugs on the market. Two of the drugs that have recently been fast tracked include the gout medication Uloric and one for Parkinson's named Nuplazid. Both have been criticized for causing significant side effects.