Heartburn Drugs Equal Heart Attacks?

6/11/2015 Do heartburn drugs equal heart attacks? A new study shows a possible connection. Using the mathematical method of examining trends in large amounts of data called “data-mining,” researchers looked at data including close to three million people. The lead author, Nigam H. Shah, assistant professor of medicine at Stanford, said that evidence connecting the


Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome

6/10/2015 It’s depressing when a drug with as many positive uses as Cymbalta (duloxetine) ends up creating more problems than it solves. So many, and to such severity, that it’s been given its own diagnosis title: Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome. Those with Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome often experience mental and physical suffering that lasts for several weeks.


FDA Backtracks on Labels, Big Tobacco Drops Its suit

6/9/2015 The FDA backtracks on labels, Big Tobacco drops its suit. America’s three largest tobacco giants, Phillip Morris USA (owned by Altria Group, Inc.), RJ Reynolds (owned by Reynolds American) and Marlboro, Camel & Newport (owned by Lorillard Tobacco) sued the FDA for overstepping its bounds by considering requiring approval for label changes such as


Pfizer May Have Lied About Zoloft Birth Defects

6/9/2015 Pfizer may have lied about Zoloft birth defects. According to research reports recently uncovered in one of the many suits claiming Zoloft causes birth defects, there may actually be a true causal link. This is despite Pfizer denying such a link. The Big Pharma giant successfully defended one such suit in April; however, the


Onglyza Could Lead to Heart Failure

6/9/2015 Onglyza could lead to heart failure, according to a recently-issued FDA warning. The agency also asked AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb, manufacturers of Onglyza, to turn over all of their clinical trial data for review. In addition, the FDA asked that all medical professionals report occurrences of Onglyza side effects, heart-related or not, to the


Johnson and Johnson settles Arkansas Risperdal Suit for $7.8B

6/9/2015 Johnson and Johnson settles Arkansas Risperdal suit for $7.8B. The suit has been ongoing for eight years and the state’s AG alleges that J&J’s marketing of the psychiatric drug was flawed. The AG claims J&J misrepresented the drug’s safety and effectiveness, especially concerning diabetes risks. The state will take $2M of the settlement to


FDA to consider new Class of Cholesterol Drugs

6/9/2015 A new class of cholesterol drugs will undergo a preliminary review this week from a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel. The drugs, Amgen’s Evolocumab and Alirocumab from Sanofi SA and partner, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, block a protein called PCSK9, which can prevent the liver from eliminating bad cholesterol. Early studies show the drugs


Viagra May Increase Melanoma Risk by 84%

6/8/2015 Viagra may increase melanoma risk by 84%. This is hard news to report, but something every man must understand: your “little blue pills” may end up giving you “little brown spots,” according to recent studies showing a correlation between Viagra use and incidence of melanoma skin cancer. At present, only one federal suit has



FDA Ban on Ephedra Has Been Spectacularly Successful!

6/2/2015 The FDA ban on ephedra has been spectacularly successful in preventing harm and death. Despite the fact that I regularly bust the FDA’s chops, I believe in giving credit where credit is due and the FDA has earned some in this case. The FDA banned the popular weight loss and energy boosting herbal supplement