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The Checkup Archive: drug safety

FDA limits painkillers

Federal health officials Thursday announced they were restricting the strength of some of the most popular prescription painkillers to prevent people from suffering severe liver damage from one of the main ingredients. The Food and Drug Administration is asking drug companies to limit the amount of acetaminophen in all prescription...

By Rob Stein  | January 13, 2011; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  FDA, drug safety  
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Painkiller Darvon pulled because of risk to heart

The prescription painkiller Darvon was pulled off the market Friday at the request of federal regulators.

By Rob Stein  | November 19, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  FDA, Food Safety and Recalls, Recalls, drug safety  
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Acne, Accutane and suicide risk

Based on the findings, the authors suggest that acne itself may have led to depression and suicide risk before treatment; both the depression and desire to commit suicide may have abated when the treatment proved successful. However, they surmise, those patients for whom treatment wasn't as successful -- or whose social lives didn't improve as expected after their acne was eradicated -- may have felt even more depressed and suicidal.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | November 15, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Acne, Chronic Conditions, Contraception, Psychology, Reproductive Health, Teens, drug safety  
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Bone drugs may cause fractures, FDA warns

Federal health officials are warning that patients taking drugs designed to prevent broken bones may, paradoxically, be at increased risk for certain unusual fractures of the thigh bone. he FDA is requiring that durg companies add a warning to the labels of Fosamax, Fosamax Plus D, Actonel, Actonel with Calcium, Boniva, Atelvia, Reclast and Boniva.

By Rob Stein  | October 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Aging, FDA, Women's Health, drug safety  
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Company drops effort to develop 'pink Viagra'

Citing unsurmountable regulatory hurdles, the pharmaceutical company that's been working to develop a drug to boost women's libidos has abandoned that effort.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | October 8, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  FDA, Sex, Women's Health, drug safety  
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Diet drug Meridia pulled over heart attack, stroke issues

Abbott Laboratories has withdrawn its popular weight-loss drug Meridia because it increases the risk for heart attacks and strokes, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday.

By Rob Stein  | October 8, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, FDA, Food Safety and Recalls, Obesity, Recalls, Women's Health, drug safety  
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