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All news posts from November 01, 2002 to November 30, 2002

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November 27, 2002 12:00 AM

FDA has approved Claritin (loratadine) as an over-the-counter (OTC) allergy drug product. Previously available only as a prescription drug, Claritin is approved for seasonal allergic rhinitis -- a condition that causes runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing, and itchy nose, throat, eyes, and ears. "By making it ea

Posted by Staff Writer
November 27, 2002 12:00 AM

FDA and MedImmune have revised the WARNINGS, OVERDOSAGE, and POST MARKETING EXPERIENCE sections of the Synagis (palivizumab) label to provide clarification on the risk of anaphylaxis (hypersensitivity) based on worldwide post-marketing experience. Very rare cases of anaphylaxis have been reported following re-exposure

Posted by Staff Writer
November 27, 2002 12:00 AM

Attorneys in the state of Mississippi received discouraging news this week when state lawmakers passed legislation placing caps on product-liability damages and issued other provisions aimed at protecting defendants of personal injury lawsuits. Under the new law, which emerged from an 83-day special legislative sessio

Posted by Staff Writer
November 26, 2002 12:00 AM

A New York jury recently awarded $1.5 million to a Schenectady woman who was sexually abused by a city bus driver six years ago. The lawsuit, which was filed against the Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA), alleged the 61-year-old bus driver drove the woman to a remote area about 10 miles north of Albany

Posted by Staff Writer
November 26, 2002 12:00 AM

A new European study on the effects of hormone replacement therapy indicates that progestin, not estrogen, may cause breast cancer in women. Presented Tuesday at the annual meeting of the Swedish Society of Medicine in Goteborg, the study involved 30,000 women, including 3,500 taking hormone-replacement medications to

Posted by Staff Writer
November 26, 2002 12:00 AM

An Alabama jury awarded $3.43 million recently to a man who lost a majority of his right leg in a personal watercraft accident. In August 2000, the defendant, William Petty-Fitzmorris, slammed his vessel into the back of plaintiff William Steen's personal watercraft. Due to the seriousness of his injuries, physicians

Posted by Staff Writer
November 25, 2002 12:00 AM

The city of St. Louis can continue to sue seven lead paint manufacturers after a judge ruled last week that the presence of the toxic substance qualifies as a public nuisance. The lawsuit, which was originally filed in 2000, contends that the companies intentionally failed to reveal the hazardous nature of their lead

Posted by Staff Writer
November 25, 2002 12:00 AM

An article in this week's issue of the British Medical Journal warns that, despite having relatively few side effects, the long-term consequences of botulinum toxin, a potent neurotoxin otherwise known as Botox, are still unknown. Botox has gained popularity in recent years because of its effectiveness on facial lines

Posted by Staff Writer
November 25, 2002 12:00 AM

According to newly released Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) documents, unexploded munitions, including chemical and biological weapons, at over 16,000 inactive military ranges present a major public health risk. Made available by the Washington-based public interest group Public Employees for Environmental Respo

Posted by Staff Writer
November 22, 2002 12:00 AM

The Las Vegas Police Department has agreed to settle a misconduct lawsuit filed by two tourists for $900,000. In May 1997, 31-year-old Juan Berry and 32-year-old James Suggs were arrested outside a Las Vegas nightclub after a fight with off-duty SWAT officers. Berry and Suggs alleged they did nothing wrong and that t

Posted by Staff Writer
November 22, 2002 12:00 AM

A new report published in the November 20 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute reveals that exposure to high levels of arsenic may contribute to more aggressive tumors in patients with bladder cancer. In a study conducted by Lee E. Moore, Ph.D., of the National Cancer Institute and several colleagues,

Posted by Staff Writer
November 21, 2002 12:00 AM

The Netherlands Medicine Assessments Board (CBG) announced Wednesday that it will begin an investigation of the anti-depressant drug nefazodone, sold in the Netherlands under the brand name Dutonin and in the United States as Serzone, after receiving 26 reports of liver failure and several reports of deaths worldwide.

Posted by Staff Writer
November 21, 2002 12:00 AM

A contaminated blood donation scandal that may have led to thousands contracting HIV and hepatitis C led a Royal Canadian Mounted Police task force to file charges Wednesday against the Canadian Red Cross, a U.S. pharmaceutical company and four physicians. According to authorities, a recently concluded five-year inves

Posted by Staff Writer
November 21, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing two television commercials for Merck & Co. Inc.'s arthritis medication Vioxx due to the advertisements' failure to mention the drawbacks of the drug. In the first ad, Vioxx's name is mentioned but not its indication. The second mentions Vioxx's indication but n

Posted by Staff Writer
November 20, 2002 12:00 AM

Metabolife International has submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) an additional 1,400 customer complaints made about the company's ephedra-based dietary supplements. Last August, the FDA asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into allegations that the company lied about the s

Posted by Staff Writer
November 20, 2002 12:00 AM

A study published in Wednesday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that for-profit dialysis centers increase a patient's risk of death by eight percent. As part of their analysis, researchers with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario examined eight studies of U.S dialysis facilities

Posted by Staff Writer
November 20, 2002 12:00 AM

Holland America Line announced Tuesday that it has canceled the next sailing of the cruise liner Amsterdam , only days after a lawsuit was filed by dozens of passengers who contracted a Norwalk-like virus during their Caribbean cruise earlier this month. The Amsterdam , which is scheduled to return Thursday from its

Posted by Staff Writer
November 19, 2002 12:00 AM

A Sugar Creek, Missouri bar must pay $796,000 to the daughter of a woman killed by a drunk driver after jurors determined the tavern was liable in the fatal accident. Dana Rogers and Eldon Sweet were driving on the Missouri 291 bridge over the Missouri River on June 6, 2000 when a man hit the guardrail and swerved ove

Posted by Staff Writer
November 19, 2002 12:00 AM

A lawsuit was filed against Holland America Line last week after dozens of passengers aboard the cruise liner Amsterdam contracted a Norwalk-like virus (inflammation of the lining membrane of the stomach and intestines) during a Caribbean cruise earlier this month. Over 160 of the Amsterdam's 1,900 passengers beca

Posted by Staff Writer
November 19, 2002 12:00 AM

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the pharmaceutical company Pfizer has issued an important drug warning letter announcing the addition of new information to the CONTRAINDICATIONS and PRECAUTIONS sections of the Zoloft label, contraindicating the concomitant use of pimozide (a tranquilizer) with

Posted by Staff Writer
November 18, 2002 12:00 AM

A Louisiana jury awarded $18.2 million recently to a 25-year-old woman who was the victim of medical malpractice in 1995. Daphne LeRay, an 18-year-old student at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux at the time of the accident, was riding in the passenger seat of a pickup truck when it was forced off the road and ro

Posted by Staff Writer
November 15, 2002 12:00 AM

Scientists desperately seeking a cure for Alzheimer's disease received distressing news this week when it was announced that a once-promising vaccine may induce strokes. Designed to "recognize" and attack the build-up of amyloid beta, a substance believed to be characteristic of the neurological disorder, the vaccine

Posted by Staff Writer
November 15, 2002 12:00 AM

A Florida jury recently ordered a weapons distributor to pay $1.2 million to the widow of a Lake Worth teacher who was gunned down by one of his students. Thirteen-year-old Nathaniel Brazill shot and killed Barry Grunow with a .25-caliber Raven handgun on the last day of the 2000 school year because the Lake Worth Com

Posted by Staff Writer
November 14, 2002 12:00 AM

The Ohio Senate may vote as early as Friday on legislation that will cap awards in medical malpractice lawsuits. The tort reform bill, which is expected to pass, will limit future pain and suffering awards in malpractice cases at $300,000. Ohio Governor Bob Taft, who has been pushing for medical malpractice legislati

Posted by Staff Writer
November 14, 2002 12:00 AM

Under a new stipulation in the Bush Administration's homeland security bill, which is in position to be approved this week, health-care workers will not be liable for injury or death that may and most likely will occur if the United States chooses to publicly administer the controversial smallpox vaccine. As part of t

Posted by Staff Writer
November 13, 2002 12:00 AM

The Department of Health and Human Services and several nursing home watchdog organizations are applauding the Bush Administration's release of data regarding the nation's 17,000 nursing homes, claiming the information will allow consumers to properly choose a qualified facility for loved ones. The material, published

Posted by Staff Writer
November 13, 2002 12:00 AM

Recent studies linking the cancer medication tamoxifen, sold in the United States under the brand name Nolvadex, to the potential risk of venous thromboembolism (pulmonary embolism) has caused Britain's Medicines Control Agency (MCA) to order an investigation of the drug. The MCA's announcement comes after the Interna

Posted by Staff Writer
November 13, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study says elderly men and women taking human growth hormone to combat the effects of aging may increase their risk of carpal tunnel syndrome and diabetes. Appearing in Thursday's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the six-month study, which was conducted by researchers at the National Cen

Posted by Staff Writer
November 12, 2002 12:00 AM

Several new reports on the safety of a popular non-surgical procedure used to treat uterine fibroids (benign tumors consisting of fibrous and muscular tissue) are raising questions in the medical community. During uterine artery embolization (UAE), physicians inject pellets into uterine arteries, cutting off the blood

Posted by Staff Writer
November 12, 2002 12:00 AM

One of the nation's leading dietary supplement manufacturers will stop selling products containing ephedra due to increasing safety concerns and rising insurance costs. Twinlab Corporation, the makers of such supplements as Ripped Fuel and Metabolift, made the announcement Monday, saying the company will instead marke

Posted by Staff Writer
November 12, 2002 12:00 AM

The family of a woman who died of cancer due to an alleged improper Pap smear reading has settled a medical malpractice lawsuit with the laboratory involved for $4 million. Dr. Lynne Toombs-Datema, 37, died of cervical cancer in 2000, six years after a cytotechnologist at Metropolitan Reference Laboratory in St. Louis

Posted by Staff Writer
November 11, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a new report published in Monday's Archives of Internal Medicine, doctors consistently fail to immunize elderly patients against the flu and pneumonia, increasing their risk of developing a fatal illness. Although health officials have for years recommended that hospital patients aged 65 and older receive

Posted by Staff Writer
November 11, 2002 12:00 AM

A report ordered last year by the California Legislature on the safety of cellular phones was returned to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) last week after CHP Commissioner Dwight O. Helmick announced that the number of wireless phone-related highway accidents in 2001 was too low. The report, originally ordered by t

Posted by Staff Writer
November 11, 2002 12:00 AM

A Pennsylvania jury awarded $215,592 recently to a white public schools police officer who alleged he was demoted for supporting racial discrimination charges made by several African-American officers. The Pittsburgh school board and Safety Chief Robert Fadzen demoted Ron Mancini from commander to patrol officer in 19

Posted by Staff Writer
November 10, 2002 12:00 AM

Several antipsychotic medications used to treat schizophrenia may increase a patient's risk for cardiac arrest and ventricular arrhythmia, says a new report published in the November 9th issue of the British Medical Journal. Using data collected between 1993 and 1996 by officials with the U.S. Medicaid program, scient

Posted by Staff Writer
November 08, 2002 12:00 AM

Several cases of severe adverse events associated with the yellow fever vaccination are detailed in the November 8th issue of the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Report. According to the report, between May 2001 and October 2002, the CDC received reports of six cases of s

Posted by Staff Writer
November 08, 2002 12:00 AM

Cook County, Illinois will pay $300,000 to an inmate who suffered severe injuries when he was stabbed by other prisoners in a Chicago jail. In 1994, inmate Joel Mayoral was stabbed 16 times and left paralyzed from the waist down after he was placed in the same cell as rival gang members. Mayoral alleged he requested

Posted by Staff Writer
November 07, 2002 12:00 AM

In recent months, scientists have introduced a mounting amount of evidence suggesting cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins may treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). In a recent study, conducted by neurologists from the University of California-San Francisco, mice were given 80-milligram doses of the

Posted by Staff Writer
November 07, 2002 12:00 AM

The United States Army recently announced that there is no connection between four recent murders at Fort Bragg and the use of the anti-malaria drug Lariam. In August, the Pentagon, joined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sent a group of medical experts to Fayetteville, North Carolina to determi

Posted by Staff Writer
November 07, 2002 12:00 AM

DaimlerChrysler AG's Chrysler unit announced yesterday that the company is recalling 500,000 minivans because of a misplaced part that may affect airbag deployment as well as cruise control and horn systems. The recall involves 1996-1998 model year Dodge Grand Caravan, Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Grand Voyager, Voyager an

Posted by Staff Writer
November 06, 2002 12:00 AM

Adding further controversy to the debate over the use of hormone replacement therapy, researchers announced this week that long-term treatment may decrease a woman's risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Scientists with the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health System in Washington, John Hopkins University, Duke Unive

Posted by Staff Writer
November 06, 2002 12:00 AM

The United States Supreme Court will decide if two Vietnam veterans can continue their lawsuit against several chemical companies over exposure to Agent Orange. A $180 million 1984 class action settlement had foreclosed the possibility of individual lawsuits against more than a dozen companies that made the product, i

Posted by Staff Writer
November 06, 2002 12:00 AM

A report published in this month's issue of Pediatrics says the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe, refuting reports that it is associated with encephalitis, autism and aseptic meningitis. The study, conducted by Finnish researchers from the Hospital for Children and Adolescents in Helsinki, examined 535,544

Posted by Staff Writer
November 05, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating whether two California doctors conducted hundreds of unnecessary heart procedures in an effort to swindle the federal Medicare program. Last week, dozens of FBI agents raided the Redding Medical Center, owned by Tenet Healthcare

Posted by Staff Writer
November 05, 2002 12:00 AM

The Food and Drug Administration is alerting the public to the voluntary recall of powdered infant formula announced by Wyeth Nutritionals Inc., Georgia, Vermont. Certain lots of powdered infant formula manufactured between July 12 and September 25, 2002, may be contaminated with Enterobacter sakazakii. E. sakazakii is

Posted by Staff Writer
November 05, 2002 12:00 AM

A new study reveals that medications may lead to serious injuries, birth defects or death in hundreds of infants under the age of 2 each year. Conducted by researchers at George Washington University and the University of Maryland, the study, which appears in this month's issue of Pediatrics, found that from 1997 to 2

Posted by Staff Writer
November 04, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified healthcare professionals about complications related to the use of polymethylmethacrylate bone cement to treat osteoporotic compression fractures of the spine using surgical procedures known as vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty. Reported complications, such as soft

Posted by Staff Writer
November 04, 2002 12:00 AM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Roche have revised the warnings and precautions sections for the acne medication Accutane. Aggressive and/or violent behaviors have been added to the list of events that Accutane may cause, based on post-marketing safety reports. A new table has been attached to clarify those

Posted by Staff Writer
November 04, 2002 12:00 AM

According to a report in Sunday's issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food inspectors cited a meat processing facility for numerous sanitation violations shortly before health officials linked the plant to the recent listeria outbreak in the Northeast. Documents obtained by the ne

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