December 24, 2008 |
At least 2.2 million older adults in the U.S. take medicine in combinations that could trigger dangerous drug interactions, causing gastrointestinal bleeding, muscle breakdown, disruption in heart rhythm and other serious problems, according to a study by researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Half of the interactions involved over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin or dietary supplements. Overall, 1 in 25 older adults risked serious drug interactions, the study found.
December 17, 2007 |
Doctors have prescribed statin drugs to millions of people to reduce their cholesterol levels and thus cut the risk of heart attacks. The pharmaceutical company Merck & Co has asked the Food and Drug Administration to let pharmacies sell a lower dose formulation of the company's statin drug Mevacor, also known as lovastatin, over the counter. On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel recommended that the agency reject Merck's third such request. The FDA is expected to make a decision early next year.
November 17, 2007 |
Johnson & Johnson's allergy treatment Zyrtec-D was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for sale without a prescription. The nonprescription form of the drug, which will be available in January, is expected to cost as much as a third less than prescription Zyrtec.
October 29, 2007 |
These days, cocaine, heroin and other illicit drugs are better known for the problems they cause than the ones they solve. Over a century ago, though, the stimulant effects of cocaine and the painkilling qualities of heroin and other opium-derived drugs made these common ingredients in over-the-counter medicines. That trend created at least one urban legend that happens to be true: Coca-Cola, originally concocted in the 1880s as a cure-all medicinal tonic, really did once contain cocaine.
October 20, 2007 |
In the wake of rising safety concerns, a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel said Friday that children under the age of 6 should not be given over-the-counter cough and cold medicines such as Children's Tylenol Plus Cold and Johnson & Johnson's PediaCare. The panel also recommended that such medications not be sold for use by infants.
October 19, 2007 |
Pediatricians urged U.S. regulators to restrict over-the-counter cold medicines for children, saying the remedies used for decades don't work and may be dangerous. Members of the American Academy of Pediatricians asked a panel of Food and Drug Administration advisors Thursday to recommend that the agency ban marketing cold medicines for children younger than 6.