Drug Injury

Fever Down, Asthma Up

A large study of young teenagers found that taking acetaminophen–the drug found in fever-reducing Tylenol–increases the risk of asthma. Doctors note that acetaminophen is still the best choice for treating a child’s fever, but parents of children known to have asthma symptoms should talk with their pediatrician about when and how to use the drug …

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FDA Warns About Safety of Stolen Advair Inhalers

If you use Advair Diskus inhalers for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), check your medicine cabinet. Your inhaler may be unsafe. In 2009, some Advair Diskus inhalers were stolen from a distribution warehouse near Richmond, Virginia.  Now, they are starting to turn up in pharmacies. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration …

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Support for New Bill to Streamline Medicare Reimbursements

Imagine that you have been in a car wreck and are unable to work because of your injuries… or that you have ongoing hospital bills due to medical malpractice. You’ve done everything right. You took your case to court and won a settlement for your losses. How long do you think it might take to …

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Summer Safety #3: Some Drugs and Heat Don't Mix!

Every medication has potential side effects and risks, but some drugs can make summer heat downright dangerous. Certain classes of medications affect the body’s ability to regulate its internal temperature. Some medications, such as anticholinergic, inhibit perspiration so the body can’t cool itself off. Diuretics cause the body to eliminate water through urination, but that …

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FDA Finds New Outlet for Consumer Drug Information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the website Drugs.com (www.drugs.com) have teamed to broaden the reach of FDA’s consumer health information. A new partnership forged by the two entities provides consumers with a joint resource on Drugs.com’s site that features FDA Consumer Update articles, videos, and slideshows. It will also bring FDA health information …

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