The fungal meningitis outbreak has now spread to 17 states, infecting over 300 people and killing 23 victims. Authorities have traced the contamination back to a compounding pharmacy, the New England Compounding Center.
A recent study concluded that use of Prozac and other antidepressants is linked to an increased risk of car accidents. Prozac is used to treat major depression, some compulsive disorders, and panic disorder. Prozac and similar drugs can, however, be dangerous drugs because they apparently make users more than 70 percent more likely to be involved in a car accident.
Actos is a defective drug used to control type 2 diabetes. The dangerous drug's known side effects include cardiovascular complications such as heart failure, a high likelihood of developing bladder cancer and macular edema.
Both Actos and Avandia have made news as defective drugs because of serious, even life-threatening side effects associated with their use. A new study now links the diabetes drugs to vision problems and potential blindness in addition to increased risks of bladder cancer, heart attack and cardiovascular complications.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned, in June 2011, that taking Actos for a year could increase a diabetes patient's chances of developing bladder cancer by 40 percent. A new study, conducted by Canadian researchers and recently published in BMJ - formerly the British Medical Journal - showed an even higher risk of developing bladder cancer after taking Actos, finding that the risk of developing bladder cancer increased up to 83 percent after taking the defective diabetes drug.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the gatekeeper to the market for new drugs. Monitoring side effects once a drug hits the market and becomes available to a much larger universe of patients is also part of the FDA's role in protecting patients from dangerous and defective drugs.
The American College of Physicians along with Consumer Reports is urging people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to steer clear of new, well-advertised drugs like Actos, Avandia and Januvia and stick to a tried-and-true generic, metformin.
The Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County Attorney's office issued a joint warning against the use of the 'Marshall Protocol" for treatment of chronic diseases in children. The protocol calls for high doses of the blood pressure medication Benicar and is blamed for landing an 11-year-old Arizona boy in Phoenix Children's Hospital with kidney and liver failure.
Takeda Pharamceuticals, the manufacturer of Actos, has been accused of covering up known dangerous side effects of the type-2 diabetes drug, according to a whistleblower lawsuit filed by a medical reviewer formerly employed by Takeda.
In yesterday's post we discussed some of the lawsuits being brought by Arizona residents that are suffering from Actos bladder cancer. The first hearing in this massive class action will take place in U.S. District Judge Rebecca Doherty's courtroom.