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Risperdal comes with serious, life-changing risks

Risperdal is a drug that has pros and cons. It is sometimes used to treat severe behavior problems in children. For example, it may be used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or autism if the children are aggressive or highly irritable. It can be used for psychosis as well.

How the accelerated approval process for drugs works

The path for prescription drugs to get approved and introduced on the market here in the United States is a multi-level process. Its manufacturer must generally get the preliminary go-ahead from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) before they can move forward with the critical testing stage. Some drugs get fast-tracked though thus bypassing stringent analysis of it though.

The feds say that the weight loss drug lorcaserin causes cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of a popularly prescribed weight loss medication last week. The federal agency did so after discovering that lorcaserin, a drug that is more commonly known by its brand name Belviq, may put patients who take it at a higher risk for developing cancer.

What did Gilead know about the side effects of TDF HIV drugs?

Tenofovir disoproxil fumarite (TDF) drugs designed to treat the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are marketed under a variety of names, including Truvada, Atripla, Viread. They've been a longstanding component of successful HIV treatment for many years for many people afflicted with this potentially deadly disease.

The Food and Drug Administration issues a warning about Zantac

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a public warning to those who take the over-the-counter heartburn drug Zantac on Sept. 13. They announced that the same carcinogen that identified in prescription blood pressure medications earlier this year was also found in Zantac pills.

How often do dangerous drugs make it on store shelves?

One of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) responsibilities is to inspect domestic or foreign facilities that manufacture drugs distributed to pharmacies and stores here in this country. This is supposed to keep defective or contaminated drugs from ending up in consumers' hands. The significant amount of warnings, recalls and pharmaceutical injury lawsuits that have been filed in recent years shows that this must not be an effective approach though.

Think again before you take your blood pressure medication

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall of additional lots of the blood pressure medication Losartan on March 15. In announcing the voluntary recall, federal regulators and Legacy Pharmaceuticals Packaging, LLC, the drug's manufacturer, said that it may have been contaminated by a cancer-causing chemical.

Vaccination Proclamation

Vaccines are an important part of our culture because they prevent diseases, thus saving lives. Most people who get vaccinated notice no ill effects and reap all the benefits. Like any medication, side effects can occur, but they are rare. In a small percentage of cases, a vaccine can cause a severe allergic reaction. Here's where the National Vaccine Compensation Program (NVCP) comes in. People who do suffer a serious problem related to a vaccine can receive financial compensation through a settlement.

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