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Jamie Sheller

Antipsychotics Cause Rapid Weight Gain In Children and Youth

According to a study recently published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, the newest generation of antipsychotic medications can cause rapid weight gain and metabolic changes in young children and adolescents. These side effects [...]
Jamie Sheller

Doctors Lack Knowledge About Off-Label Uses

Off-label use is the practice of prescribing medications for uses other than those approved by the FDA. Many doctors engage in the practice. However, according to a recent survey, a substantial minority of doctors mistakenly believe that certain [...]
Jamie Sheller

Plaintiffs Win First Paxil Birth Defects Case

A jury awarded a $2.5 million verdict in the first Paxil birth defects case to go to trial. GlaxoSmithKline is liable for the verdict, after the jury found that it was negligent. The verdict is for compensatory damages. No punitive damages [...]
Jamie Sheller

Emergency Alert Regarding MTD Snow Throwers

Winter is quickly approaching, and snow has already fallen in parts of the country. Along with snowfall, comes the use of snow throwers. However, some snow throwers should not be used. In 2006, there was a recall of snow throwers manufactured [...]
Jamie Sheller

Paxil Birth Defect Trial In Philadelphia

According to the lawyer representing a family suing GlaxoSmithKline, company executives intentionally ignored the possibility that Paxil could cause birth defects. Paxil is an antidepressant, and there were studies showing that Paxil posed [...]
Jamie Sheller

Newborns May Have Adverse Effects From Intrauterine Exposure to Antidepressants

A recent report in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine indicates that use of a certain class of antidepressants by pregnant women may increase the risk of pre-term birth, a low 5-minute Apgar score (a measure of baby’s overall [...]
Jamie Sheller

Problems With Tracing Contaminated Drugs Identified

A new report published in the Archives of Internal Medicine discussed the investigation of recent outbreaks of heparin contamination, and raises concerns about drug safety. The report was done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [...]
Jamie Sheller

Portable Headphones Can Cause Interference With Cardiac Devices

According to a recent study published in the journal Heart Rhythm, the magnets in portable headphones may cause temporary malfunction of some cardiac devices. Therefore, the researchers suggest that patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators [...]
Jamie Sheller

Recall of Defibrillators

Certain models of the HeartStart FR2+ brand of automated external defibrillator (AED), manufactured by Phillips, have been recalled. Recently, the voluntary recall was announced by the FDA. According to the FDA, the AEDs have a memory chip [...]
Jamie Sheller

More Bayer Lawsuits Over Yaz

Recently, two Pennsylvania pension funds have sued Germany’s largest drug-maker, Bayer AG. The lawsuit accuses Bayer of misrepresenting the safety and effectiveness of the birth-control pill Yaz. The complaint was filed in Philadelphia [...]