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2012-08-17 23:01:41

How safe are diabetes drugs? The $3 billion fine and felony guilty plea in July 2012 by the maker of Avandia, and the whistleblower lawsuit pending against the maker of Actos, raise serious safety concerns for people with diabetes, writes attorney and consumer advocate Michael J. Evans in Part 1 of a series published on ConsumerNews.com. Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) August 17, 2012 Last month the maker of Avandia, GlaxoSmithKline ("GSK") agreed with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay a $3...

2012-03-28 23:00:55

Last month, the California Supreme Court agreed to review a class-action lawsuit over the drug Cipro. Cipro is a brand name for ciprofloxacin, of a class of antibiotic drugs known as fluoroquinolones. Manufactured originally by Bayer, it is used for many types of infections including pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections, bronchitis and joint infections, among others. The lawsuit argues that it was illegal for Bayer to pay a competitor to stay out of the market as part of a...

2012-01-19 13:11:22

The impact of efforts by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to notify the general public and health care providers about unanticipated risks from approved medications has been "varied and unpredictable," according to a systematic review of published studies about FDA warnings and alerts over the last 20 years. Although some communication efforts had a strong and immediate effect, many had little or no impact on drug use or health behaviors and several had unintended consequences,...

2011-07-20 16:04:00

Boxed warning says daily aspirin doses above 100 milligrams decrease effectiveness SILVER SPRING, Md., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the blood-thinning drug Brilinta (ticagrelor) to reduce cardiovascular death and heart attack in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090824/FDALOGO) ACS includes a group of symptoms for any condition, such as unstable angina or heart...

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2011-07-05 05:20:00

According to a new study described in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular smoking cessation drug on the market have a 72 percent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problem. "People want to quit smoking to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease but in this case they're taking a drug that increases the risk for the very problems they're trying to avoid," Sonal Singh, M.D., M.P.H., an...

2011-06-24 10:47:00

Cites increased risk of cardiovascular events when used to treat chronic kidney disease SILVER SPRING, Md., June 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today recommended more conservative dosing guidelines for Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agents (ESAs) when used to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) because of the increased risks of cardiovascular events such as stroke, thrombosis, and death. (Logo:...

2011-02-17 12:19:00

Certain uses could lead to maternal heart problems and death SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning that terbutaline administered by injection or through an infusion pump should not be used in pregnant women for prevention or prolonged (beyond 48-72 hours) treatment of preterm labor due to the potential for serious maternal heart problems and death. In addition, oral terbutaline tablets should not be used for...

2011-02-11 09:21:30

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- As loved ones with dementia disappear into symptoms of aggression, agitation or delusions, families are left with few good medical solutions. But a new study led by University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System researchers shows the use of second-generation medications began to decline significantly in 2003, years ahead of a "black box" warning from the Food and Drug Administration in 2005 "“ the strongest type of warning issued by the FDA....

2011-02-07 21:39:18

Prescriptions of second-generation medications were already declining before FDA 'black box' warning, according to U-M analysis As loved ones with dementia disappear into symptoms of aggression, agitation or delusions, families are left with few good medical solutions. A new generation of antipsychotic medications gained popularly in the 1990s because they avoided side effects such as Parkinson's syndrome associated with conventional antipsychotic medications used to treat dementia. But a new...


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vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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