Prescription Drugs

Impending Deadline for Filing NECC Bankruptcy Claims

The deadline for submitting claims in the bankruptcy of New England Compounding Center (NECC), the compounding pharmacy responsible for exposing thousands to contaminated steroid injections, is January 15, 2014. Unfortunately,…

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Drug Compounding Pharmacy NECC Blamed for Death of Two Children

The Tennessean reports that New England Compounding Center (NECC), the compounding pharmacy responsible for manufacturing fungus-tainted steroids, is being held responsible for the deaths of two Nevada children who were…

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FDA Requires Updated Black Box Warning on Tylenol’s New Bottles Regarding Serious Skin Reactions

The FDA recently reported that a warning about serious skin reactions will be required on all labels of prescription medications containing acetaminophen (brand name Tylenol).  The FDA is also requesting…

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U.S. Bankruptcy Court Sets Deadline for Submitting Claims in NECC Chapter 11 Proceeding

Yesterday, Judge Henry J. Boroff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Massachusetts entered an Order setting the Bar Date (deadline) for submitting claims in the Chapter…

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New Tygacil Label Warns of Increased Death Risk

Today, the FDA issued a Drug Safety Communication and approved a new Black Box Warning for Tygacil (tigecycline), warning that the IV antibacterial increases deaths in instances of approved as…

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FDA Orders Change After Deaths Due to Accidental Fentanyl Patch Exposure

After continuing to learn of deaths associated with accidental exposure to fentanyl pain patches, the FDA ordered changes to the packaging of Duragesic® (fentanyl) Transdermal System to emphasize that accidental…

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Hospira, Inc. Issues Multiple Recalls

Confirmed consumer reports of visible stainless steel and iron oxide (rust) particles prompted HOSPIRA, INC. to announce voluntary recalls on July 12 and August 29, 2013, for one lot of…

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Sick and Undiagnosed: MRI Study Identifies Additional Infections Associated with NECC Steroid Injections

Almost a year after the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis prompted New England Compounding Center (NECC)—the manufacturer of methylprednisolone acetate, an injectable steroid—to recall all of its drugs, the healthcare…

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Specialty Compounding Expands Recall to ALL Unexpired Sterile Drugs

Mike, a native Texan, had a calcium gluconate IV placed in his arm to treat gallstones. About three days later, his stomach swelled and he developed a redness in his groin region.…

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Compounding Pharmacies: Fungal Meningitis, False Negatives, and More Recalls

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the continuing dangers associated with compounding pharmacies: Nearly a year after a nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis erupted, new cases of the disease…

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