drug safety

FDA Revisits Safety of Newer Birth Control Drugs

Birth control drugs that were heavily promoted as having fewer side effects are now under scrutiny from the FDA in the wake of new research suggesting that they are more likely to cause blood clots than older drugs.

How Safe Are the Drugs in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Do you want your new prescription drugs to be made under last century's oversight? Like it or not, that's likely what you're getting -- or worse -- because increasingly, Americans' medicines are made overseas in place where the oversight isn't up to U.S. standards.

J&J Recalls Rolaids Over Metal, Wood Particles

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is recalling packages of Rolaids medicines distributed in Canada after consumers complained of finding materials including particles of metal and wood in the products. McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, said it is recalling all lots of Rolaids Ultra Strength SoftChews and Rolaids UltraStrength SoftChews plus Gas Relief.

Ortho Ordered to Pay $1.7 Million in Levaquin Lawsuit

On Wednesday, a Minneapolis jury ordered Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals to pay an 87-year-old man $1.7 million because its antibiotic Levaquin damaged his Achilles tendons. It was the first verdict from about 2,600 similar lawsuits filed so far.

Bristol-Myers Squibb's Kidney Transplant Drug Gets a Nod

An FDA advisory panel recommended approval of Bristol-Myers Squibb's belatacept, an experimental drug used in kidney transplants -- with at least one caveat. It recommended further long-term studies after a full FDA approval.