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Jenny Albano

Birth Control Patch Gets Updated Label

The FDA approved new changes to Ortho Evra Contraceptive Transdermal Patch’s label on Friday, January 18. The label will include the results of a study that found that users who use the birth control patch are at a higher risk of developing blood clots, or known as venous thromboembolism (VTE), than for women who use birth control pills.The study was conducted on women from 15-44 and…

Jenny Albano

More Toys Recalled Due to Excess Levels of Lead

Today, August 22, four more toys have been recalled due to a risk of lead exposure. Exposure to lead has been shown to cause brain and kidney damage, especially in children. Lead poisoning symptoms include, among others, nausea, headaches, constipation, seizures, and coma.The CPSC announced that SpongeBob SquarePants Address Books and Journals, Thomas and Friends and Curious George Spinning…

Jenny Albano

Avandia and Other Diabetes Drugs Get "Black Box" Warning

The FDA has announced that some Type 2 diabetes drugs will be given a “black box” warning, which is the agency’s strongest warning, about the risk of heart failure. The upgraded warning states that the drugs may cause or worsen heart failure in certain diabetic patients.After a review the FDA decided that the entire thiazolidinedione class of antidiabetic drugs needed the warning added to their…