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Michael Phelan

Meningitis not first fatalities involving compounding pharmacies

The national fungal meningitis outbreak that has been linked to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center, has resulted in hundreds of illnesses and many deaths. In…

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More on Glaxo's $3 billion settlement with DOJ

In a Boston federal court on Thursday, British drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, entered into a guilty plea, and agreed to pay $3 billion for criminal and civil violations involving ten drugs. As part…

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Has Dr. Drew Been Pimping Wellbutrin to his Listeners for GlaxoSmithKline?

This is a story about how the pharmaceutical industry pollutes the safety and efficacy regulatory process by the use of kickbacks and aggressive consumer marketing, including celebrity…

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Actos May Also Cause Vision Problems

Thiazolidinediones is the name for a class of drugs used to treat Type 2 diabetes. The class incudes Actos and Avandia. A new study published in The Archives of Internal Medicine involving over…

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Facts About Fosamax Femur Fractures

Fosamax, manufactured by Merk & Co., is in a class of drugs called bisphosphonates. Fosamax is a prescription medicine for the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis (thinning of bone) in…

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Takeda Pharma Faces Slew of Suits Over Actos Bladder Cancer Claims

Asia's biggest drugmaker, Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., may face as many as 10,000 lawsuits in U.S. courts over allegations that its Actos diabetes drug causes bladder cancer. U.S. regulators…

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New Warning Label for Actos

The FDA released last Friday newly updated label information for pioglitazone (Actos) and medications that contain Actos. The new labeling warns that use of Actos for more than a year may increase…

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First Actos Lawsuit Filed

Last week the first of what will likely be thousands of lawsuits against the manufacurer of Actos was filed on behalf of a Pennsylvania hospital secretary who was diagnosed with bladder cancer in…

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More Bad News About Actos and Avandia

Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a condition in which the retina thickens and swells. DME can lead to blindness. A new study of more than 100,000 people which was presented Sunday at the Amercan…

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Canada Reviewing Actos re: bladder cancer risk

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it is adding information on bladder cancer risk to the label of medicines containing Actos (pioglitazone) and to patient medication…