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Sodium Polystyrene Sulfate Suspension recalled: risk of drug injury

by fpw | July 24th, 2008

July 24, 2008 The FDA reported that Roxane Laboratories, Inc. has recalled Sodium Polystyrene Sulfate Suspension, a product used for the treatment of hyperkalemia due to potential for drug injury. The affected lots of Sodium Polystyrene Sulfate Suspension have been found to have a strain of yeast in them which could cause drug injuries to

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Drug company warns against drug injuries

by fpw | July 22nd, 2008

July 22, 2008 Reuters reported that Genetech has warned doctors about a drug injury seen in patients who are taking Avastin along with Pfizer’s Sutent during a clinical trial. Avastin, Genetech’s block-buster cancer drug, used in combination with Pfizer’s Sutent can cause drug injuries such as microangiopathic hemolytic anemia. Avastin is approved to treat colon,

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FDA orders warning about drug injuries from fluoroquinolone

by fpw | July 17th, 2008

July 17, 2008 The FDA reported that it has ordered the manufacturers of fluoroquinolone to put a boxed warning on the drug to indicate the risk for drug injuries such as tendonitis and tendon rupture. The FDA also warned that manufacturers must provide a medication guide to patients that addresses possible drug injuries and side

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Puff-free tobacco carries increased risk for drug injuries

by fpw | July 8th, 2008

July 8, 2008 MSNBC reported that the World Health Organization claims that though puff-free tobacco may be less dangerous than cigarettes, snuff and chewing tobacco increase the risk for drug injuries, particularly oral cancer. Smokeless tobacco products increase the risk for drug injuries such as oral cancer by 80 percent. The products also show a

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