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A new report by the Food and Drug Administration describes a long list of unsafe practices and unsanitary conditions at Ameridose, a drug supplier with some of the same owners as the pharmacy that produced contaminated products linked to a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis. Ameridose has been a major supplier of sterile injectable medications to hospitals and sells more than 2,200 blended drug products. The list includes drugs to help women in labor, calm children before surgery, treat severe… Read More

Nearly eight in 10 prescriptions filled in the United States are generic medicines, and the number is expected to increase through 2015 as patents expire on a number of popular drugs. Extended time-release medicines represent a growing portion of generic medications. It’s noteworthy that federal drug regulators announced the Food and Drug Administration will be looking more closely at the way pharmaceutical companies make extended time-release generic medications, as reported in a Nov. 1 article in The New York Times.… Read More

SimplyThick, an additive used to thicken formula and breast milk for babies, may increase the risk of infants’ developing life-threatening intestinal problems, the Food and Drug Administration warns. SimplyThick is a brand of thickening agent sold to consumers and medical centers used to manage infants’ swallowing difficulties. It is added to breast milk and infants’ formula to help premature babies swallow food and keep it down without spitting up. Expanding a previous safety warning, the FDA says in the latest… Read More

Ameridose, a major supplier of sterile injectable medications to hospital pharmacies across the United States, is voluntarily recalling all of its unexpired products after an inspection by federal drug regulators raised concerns about potential contamination of the company’s products, the Food and Drug Administration said in a release. Most products distributed by Ameridose such as antibiotics, anesthetics and tranquilizers are represented as sterile products. The use of non-sterile injectable medications represents a serious threat to patient health and can cause… Read More

An unprecedented $3 billion settlement with a pharmaceutical manufacturer ranks as the largest health care fraud case in U.S. history. For people injured by unsafe drugs, it’s a strong reminder that drug manufacturers should be held accountable. According to the U.S. Justice Department release, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC agreed recently to plead guilty and pay $3 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liabilities stemming from the company’s unlawful promotion of prescription drugs Paxil and Wellbutrin and its failure to… Read More

The Food and Drug Administration is investigating reports that five people may have died over the past three years after consuming Monster Energy drinks, a high-caffeine beverage, according to a report in The New York Times. Monster Energy is among a number of high-caffeine beverages that companies are aggressively marketing to teenagers and young adults. Energy drinks are flavored beverages sold in grocery stores and convenience stores that contain high amounts of caffeine and often other stimulants that act on… Read More

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