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FDA Limits Duration and Usage of Samsca
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the drug Samsca (tolvaptan) should not be used for longer than 30 days and should not be used in patients with underlying liver disease because it can cause liver injury, potentially requiring liver transplant or death.
Aspirin for the Heart: Go Uncoated
Taking low-dose aspirin daily has been touted for years to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. Some people show resistance to this therapy in blood tests, but why?
An Aspirin a Day After Blood Clots
A common treatment after having a blood clot is taking blood thinner medication. But many doctors will eventually take patients off medication when it's no longer necessary. Then what?
Revlimid and Risk of New Cancers
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public of an increased risk of second primary malignancies (new types of cancer) in patients with newly-diagnosed multiple myeloma who received Revlimid ( lenalidomide ).
FDA Drug Safety Communication: Adcetris (brentuximab vedotin)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying the public that two additional cases of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy ( PML ), a rare but serious brain infection that can result in death, have been reported with the lymphoma drug Adcetris ( brentuximab vedotin ).
New Sensor Detects Heavy Metal Levels
Doctors usually must wait 48 hours to learn the results of blood tests for the heavy metal manganese. A new lab-on-a-chip sensor will simplify and streamline that test. It can produce results in 10 minutes.
Dental Pain Reliever May Be Dangerous
The FDA continues to receive reports about a life-threatening side effect of a dental pain reliever called benzocaine .
A Plan to Help the Pre-existing Condition Crowd
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is increasing awareness about a health plan for uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions created by the Affordable Care Act.
Certain Vaccines May Help Guard Against Childhood Cancer
Children vaccinated against hepatitis B might be at a lower risk of developing leukemia, according to a new study.
FDA Warning: Breast Implants Linked to Rare Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a possible association between saline and silicone gel-filled breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma ( ALCL ), a very rare type of cancer.