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Obesity Drug Meridia Withdrawn from Market

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Abbott Laboratories has agreed to voluntarily withdraw its obesity drug Meridia (sibutramine) because scientific research has shown that the drug increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. According to John Jenkins, MD, director of the Office of New Drugs in the FDA’s Center for …

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Deaths Prompt Warning About Infant Sleep Positioners

For years, new parents have been advised about how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS): keep cribs free of quilts, comforters, pillows, and stuffed toys…and always place an infant on his or her back at night or during nap time. Some companies have been selling “infant sleep positioners,” which they claim …

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DePuy Hip Replacement Recall Raises More Questions

On August 24, DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, sent a letter to doctors announcing a recall of two of their hip replacement systems, the ASR XL Acetabular System, and the ASR Hip Resurfacing System. Why? Because they have a higher-than-usual failure rates, causing people to have to have second surgeries to replace …

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RECALL: Similac Powder Infant Formula

This one is not only dangerous, it’s just plain disgusting. Abbott has issued a recall for certain Similac brand powder infant formulas due to contamination with—take a deep breath—beetles, beetle parts, and beetle larvae. Infants who consume the contaminated formula could experience gastrointestinal discomfort and may refuse to eat. Abbott recommends that if the stomach …

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