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JAMA-published study probes Januvia pancreatic risks

As the U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff evaluates “unpublished new findings by a group of academic researchers that suggest an increased risk” of pancreatic disorders in…

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Qsymia gives warnings that for years Topamax did not

An obesity treatment drug that contains topiramate, an ingredient linked to an increased risk of birth defects, is about to be made available through “certified retail pharmacies…

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New therapy for Accutane side effect

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on May 15 approved for the treatment of “moderate to severe ulcerative colitis” a drug already approved to treat arthritis, Simponi (golimumab)…

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Fodder for Januvia lawsuits

The New York Times published a piece May 31 on Dr. Peter Butler’s research into Januvia side effects. Inspired by the peculiar submission of dozens of reports of acute pancreatitis cropping…

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Propecia sales down; lawsuits continue; media cover side effects

Faced with the 2013 onset of generic competition against its male pattern hair loss drug, Propecia (finasteride), Merck has experienced diminishing dollars while it has tried to make…

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Prenatal antidepressant damage is significant

When the risk of harm from taking a prescription medication is beyond the pale of reasonability — frankly, the manufacturer should have known about it — and when the warning about…

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Diabetes medication’s risks, policy and market performance monitored

Sales of a popular diabetes-treatment medication declined in the first three months of 2013 in comparison to the same period in 2012. In an overlapping development, the U.S. Food and Drug…

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FDA to pregnant women: Avoid Depakote for migraines

Based on the conclusions of a study that this space first noted on April 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced May 6 that it would strengthen warnings in regard to fetal exposure to…

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Actos bladder cancer victim makes his case

Jack Cooper, who took the type-2 diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone), learned about the drug’s increased risk of bladder cancer the hard way, when he was diagnosed with the disease in 2011…

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Propecia can have sexual side effects

Propecia giveth and Propecia taketh away. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1997 “for the treatment of male pattern hair loss,” Propecia (finasteride) “is the…