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2006-06-14 13:31:29

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday said he suspects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is withholding information about its review of Sanofi-Aventis' antibiotic Ketek, which has been linked to liver damage in some users. "I smell a cover-up," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said after the FDA did not make one of its investigators available for a meeting. He told reporters that he may hold a hearing on the issue. Grassley, an Iowa...

2006-06-14 13:32:52

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top Republican lawmaker on Wednesday said he suspects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is withholding information about its review of Sanofi-Aventis' antibiotic Ketek, which has been linked to liver damage in some users. "I smell a cover-up," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley said after the FDA did not make one of its investigators available for a meeting. He told reporters that he may hold a hearing on the issue. Grassley, an Iowa...

2006-03-29 21:25:00

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A study of pregnant women with chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease, shows that the antibiotic azithromycin is highly effective with no significant adverse effects on mother or infant, physicians at the University of California at San Francisco report. Dr. Lisa Rahangdale and colleagues took a look back at 227 pregnant women with genital chlamydial infection. Most of the women (69 percent) received treatment with azithromycin; 19 percent and 9 percent received...

2006-01-21 12:14:07

PARIS (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis SA is standing by its antibiotic Ketek, saying the drug's safety profile remains unchanged even though doctors have found three patients suffered severe liver damage after taking it. "With what we know now, we've concluded that these events do not alter the drug's safety profile," a Sanofi-Aventis spokesman said on Saturday, adding that the side effects were infrequent and that they were mentioned in the prescribing information. The...

2006-01-20 17:49:53

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators said on Friday they were reviewing three cases of serious liver damage, including one that was fatal, that were reported after patients were treated with the Sanofi-Aventis antibiotic Ketek. One of the patients died, another needed a liver transplant and the third recovered, the Food and Drug Administration said in a notice posted on the agency Web site at http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/advisory/telithromycin.htm. The FDA advised doctors to...

2005-12-09 18:50:00

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators alerted the public on Friday to a study showing a higher death rate among heart disease patients a year after taking an Abbott Laboratories Inc. antibiotic, as part of an effort to release early information about potential safety concerns. Officials have not reached a final conclusion about the information, the notice on the Food and Drug Administration Web site said. Abbott described the results as "a random finding" that contrasted...


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