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Topiramate in Pregnancy Warning

July 1, 2011

The Antiepileptic Topiramate for Migraine Headaches

Although the antiepileptic drug topiramate was initially developed as a treatment for epilepsy, it is now considered one of the most frequently prescribed migraine medications on the U.S. market. Topiramate is sold under the brand name Topamax, which is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, a…

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Train Accident Leads to Trucking Company Probe

July 1, 2011

 

Approximately 194 passengers and fourteen crew members were aboard the Amtrak train when it was struck, five of whom were killed and twenty of whom were taken to area hospitals. The United Transportation Union reported that many of the injured Amtrak passengers were trapped inside two burning passenger cars…

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Canada Officials Warn of Antipsychotic Pregnancy Risks

June 30, 2011

 

Antipsychotics are a class of medication approved for the treatment of psychiatric problems like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, although they are also often prescribed by physicians for off-label uses that have not been approved by the FDA. Doctors have the prerogative to prescribe pharmaceutical drugs for conditions that the…

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Generic Drug Makers Protected by Courts

June 30, 2011

 

The Importance of Drug Warning Labels

The debate over drug warning labels reaches back to the early 2000s when two women from Minnesota and Louisiana took generic versions of Reglan, a drug containing the active ingredient metoclopramide, which is prescribed to individuals suffering from digestive tract problems. Both of these…

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Valproic Acid Birth Defect Risks

June 29, 2011

Valproic acid, or Depakote, is an anticonvulsant drug approved for the treatment of epilepsy, seizures, migraine headaches, and the manic phase of bipolar disorder. The drug was approved by the FDA in 1983 and has remained one of the most frequently prescribed antiepileptic drugs since. Depakote functions by inhibiting…

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Thousands of Flights Cancelled After Volcano Erupts

June 21, 2011

Although the ash cloud drifted higher last week and allowed some airline activity to resume, the cloud has returned to Australian airspace, causing Virgin Airlines and Tiger Airways to cancel flights. Virgin has suspended all Adelaide and Mildura flights for the time being, and Tiger Airways has announced that…

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Diabetes Drug Avandia Under Fire

June 15, 2011

What is Avandia?

Avandia (rosiglitazone) is a pharmaceutical drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline which belongs to a class of anti-diabetic drugs called thiazolidinediones. These drugs function by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin. The drug has been on the market since 1999 as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes and was…

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