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Greg Webb

Another Compounding Pharmacy Debacle in Texas

“The FDA should have closed a Texas compounding pharmacy in March shortly after inspectors found sterility problems, an action that would have prevented the recent hospitalization of 15 patients, public health advocates charged” recently. The statement by David Pittman, a […]

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The FDA and Public Notices of Drug Recalls – Is It Enough?

In a recent Huffington Post article, When Your Medicine Makes You Sick,   lawyer Spencer Aronfeld takes a look at the FDA procedure for drug recalls. He seems to think the process of managing the complex approval and monitoring system of […]

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FDA Issues Recall of Nizoral, Oral Anti-Fungal Drug by Johnson & Johnson

In the news recently, another recall of a Johnson & Johnson product. I went to the J&J website to look for their statement on this most recent FDA recall. There is nothing on their blog (http://www.blogjnj.com/), their News page, or […]

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Proposed FDA Ruling May Be Good News for Consumers of Generic Drugs

Two recent stories concerning generic drugs offer good news for the consumer trying to balance personal health and safety with the high cost of drug prescriptions. In mid-June the Supreme Court put the pharmaceutical industry on notice when it ruled […]

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More Ambien (zolpidem) Risks For Women Come to Light

Are you reading the inserts that come with prescription drugs? The pages of fine print about side effects, precautions and potential drug reactions? You should be reading, particularly if…

Greg Webb

Big (Money) Pharma Wins Again: FDA Bars Generic OxyContin

In 2010, the FDA approved a reformulated version of the drug OxyContin. Purdue Pharma, the lab that produces the narcotic painkiller, developed a safer form of the drug—one that would be…

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Another Mass. Compounding Pharmacy Issues Recalls for Tainted Products

Enough already. In one week we’ve seen three recalls at three separate compounding pharmacies. Two of which are in the state of Massachusetts; the other is in Georgia.

Earlier this week…

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FDA Issues Warning About Azithromycin (Z-pack) and Heart Arrhythmias

When Americans experience symptoms indicating infection and inflammation, such as in sinusitis, bronchitis or worse, they frequently see their physicians who often prescribe azithromycin. The…

Greg Webb

Drug Interaction Data on the Web Indicate Unreported Side Effects

Scientists from Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia Universities have discovered information on unreported side effects due to prescription drug interactions. Even the U.S. Food and Drug…

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Gilead Sciences Recalls Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Retinitis Drug

In the announcement of a voluntary recall by Gilead Sciences of Foster City, California, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) indicated that particulate matter had been discovered in some…