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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.

Infant ibuprofen drops are recalled for high drug concentrations

The drug manufacturer Tris-Pharma issued a recall of additional batches of infants' ibuprofen drops this past week. This marks the second over-the-counter pain reliever recall that has been issued by this company since November.

Don't Have a Hernia, Man

Have you ever had part of your intestines or other tissues bulge through your abdominal wall? Just reading that sentence feels painful. Luckily if this happens, you are likely diagnosed with a hernia, and a doctor fixes it with simple surgery. In most cases, they install surgical mesh that provides support for the weakened tissue. This mesh can be made of animal tissue, which degrades over time while your body naturally heals itself, or synthetic material that acts as a permanent reinforcement to keep the hernia from reappearing. Unfortunately the mesh can be faulty in some cases and result in further pain, infection, recurrence, obstruction (intestinal blockage), or perforation (a hole in nearby tissue or organs).

How your pharmacy lets you know of a medication recall

Pharmaceutical research and the prescription of medications for what ails a patient is big business in the United States. Each year millions of Americans suffering from a variety of conditions are prescribed drugs to treat what ails them. While they help many of them recover from an illness or manage a chronic health condition, you may wonder what role your pharmacy plays it getting you information about unsafe medications.

Insurance Companies Enter the War on Drugs

The opioid crisis has been grabbing headlines for years as overdoses skyrocket and the victims become move diverse (suburban teens, professionals, otherwise law-abiding citizens). Blame constantly shifts from lawmakers to doctors to pharmacists to manufacturers and to users. The starting point is usually aimed at Purdue Pharmaceuticals who pushed to have pain be the "fifth vital sign" for doctors to better understand a patient's state. And when pain was present, Purdue had the perfect remedy - the new "non-addictive" painkiller, Oxycontin, a time-release version of the opioid oxycodone. Their reasoning behind the non addictiveness was because the drug was released slowly over a period of time, which would deter recreational users while managing the pain of legitimate patients.

Children's Advil Recall

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.

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