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Joseph H. Saunders

Alli and Xenical Receive FDA Review After Reports of Liver Injury

The FDA is reviewing diet drugs Alli and Xenical after 32 adverse event reports associated the drugs with liver injury. Alli is manufactured and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline and is available as an…

Joseph H. Saunders

Acetaminophen Safety and the FDA

Last week’s FDA panel decision to ban painkillers Vicodin and Percocet as well as limit acetaminophen has a long and complicated backstory. The call for banning Vicodin and Percocet was in part a…

Joseph H. Saunders

Tarceva Receives New Warnings from FDA

Cancer drug Tarceva will have to add new warning labels because of serious side effects associated with the drug manufactured by Genentech and OSI Pharmaceutical, Inc. The side effects include skin…

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Raptiva-Genentech's Psoriasis Drug is Recalled

Genentech’s psoriasis drug, Raptiva has been voluntarily recalled due to several deaths related to use of the drug. Raptiva has been linked to a potentially fatal brain infection, progressive…

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Zyprexa Settles Lawsuits with 33 States

Eli Lilly, the manufacturer of the schizophrenia and bipolar disorder drug, Zyprexa, has settled lawsuits with 33 states that sued the drug company for falsely marketing its drug to patients with…

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Diabetes' Drugs Avandia and Actos

A panel of outside FDA advisers will be asked what types of studies should be conducted in order to evaluate the safety of diabetes’ drugs Avandia and Actos, both of which have been linked to…

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Glaxo AIDS Drug Doubles Heart Attack Risk

In a study published in the Lancet medical journal, Glaxo SmithKline’s AIDS drug Ziagen doubles the risk of heart attack. In the wake of the published study, AIDS doctors are urging caution before…

Joseph H. Saunders

Congress Starts Asking Questions About Dr. Jarvik

Dr. Robert Jarvik became known as the maker of the world’s first artificial heart in the 1980’s. Most recently, his face and name are splashed in tv and print media ads pitching Pfizer’s cholesterol drug Lipitor. The marketing campaign is so often used that Congress has started asking Pfizer questions about Dr. Jarvik’s qualifications to pitch a cholesterol drug. The Wall St. Journal…

Joseph H. Saunders

Older Patients Who Take Avandia Have Higher Risk of Heart Attacks

According to an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association older people who suffer from diabetes and take Avandia as part of their treatment regimen are 60% increased risk of heart failure, a 40% increased risk of heart attack, and a 30% increased risk of death. This is obviously not good news for Glaxo Smith Kline, the manufacturer of Avandia. Avandia is a…

Joseph H. Saunders

Genentech's Move to Restrict Use of Cheaper Avastin Leads to Probe

Genentech, the maker of Avastin, has sought to restrict access to its cheaper drug Avastin so that health officials will use a more expensive brand has lead to Congressional criticism. The restriction on the eye disease drug has led one US senator to write letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the FDA inquiring as to the propriety of Genentech’s actions. Senator Kohl of…