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Questionable Effectiveness Of Ovcon Birth Control Pills

Ovcon birth control pills, manufactured by Warner Chilcott, may not prevent pregnancy in women taking the pills, the FDA warns.  For the past five years, the potency of the pill has been in question and the FDA has sent a warning letter to Warner Chilcott regarding the ineffectiveness of Ovcon. An inspection by the FDA… Continue Reading

Brazilian Blowout Cited By FDA

The makers of Brazilian Blowout are selling a harmful product and lying about it, according to a warning issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. We’ve reported previously on Brazilian Blowout, a hair straightening treatment favored by Jennifer Aniston, Lindsay Lohan, and Reese Witherspoon. Its distributor, GIB, LLC, claims that Brazilian Blowout is safe… Continue Reading

Public Citizen Warns Of The Dangers Of Savella

A few months ago, we published blog posts on the dangers of Yaz birth control pills.  We also pointed out that Public Citizen, a consumer rights group based in Washington, D.C., had petitioned the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to remove the medication from sale.  According to another recent petition the consumer group sent the FDA,… Continue Reading

Drugs Used In Preparation For A Colonoscopy Alleged To Cause Kidney Damage

A lawsuit has been filed against pharmaceutical company Salix Pharmaceuticals Inc. (“Salix”) alleging that its OsmoPrep medication, used to cleanse the intestines in preparation for a colonoscopy, causes kidney damage.  The lawsuit filed on behalf of four individuals alleges that the plaintiffs sustained a variety of serious kidney injuries, including acute phosphate nephropathy, and that… Continue Reading

Accuracy Of Home Glucose Monitors In Doubt

U.S. health regulators are considering tougher standards for home glucose monitors.  Home glucose monitors are used by diabetics, as well as people with hypoglycemia to keep tabs on the level of glucose in the blood.  According to a report in The New York Times, the use of home glucose meters is on the rise, even… Continue Reading

FDA Issues Warning Regarding Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (“ISMP”) recently reported that consumers were swallowing Benadryl Itch Stopping Gel, an over-the-counter (“OTC”) product that must be used topically.  Orally ingesting the product can cause serious adverse reactions, including death, burning of the mouth and throat, nausea and vomiting, irritability, confusion,… Continue Reading

FDA Issues Recall Regarding Children’s Face Paint

On May 12, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a consumer alert advising consumers to stop using certain cosmetic “Face Paint” items labeled as distributed by Oriental Trading Co., due to adverse event reports of skin reactions in children. Adverse reactions included rashes, itchiness, burning sensation, and swelling where the face paints were… Continue Reading

FDA To Require New Boxed Warning For Topical Testosterone Gel Products

On May 7, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued an advisory notifying healthcare professionals that it will require two prescription topical testosterone gel products, AndroGel 1% and Testim 1%, to include a boxed warning on the products’ labels after receiving reports of adverse effects in children who were inadvertently exposed to testosterone through… Continue Reading

FDA Warns Consumers To Stop Using Hydroxycut Products

In a post published back in January 14, 2009, this blog discussed the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) had identified a number of weight loss products as containing potentially dangerous ingredients. Recent events have shown the warnings to be justified. The FDA has warned consumers to immediately stop using the Hydroxycut line of… Continue Reading

FDA And FTC Warn Consumers Of Fraudulent Swine Flu Remedies

The Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission ("FTC") has issued a warning to consumers to avoid Internet sites and other promotions for products that claim to diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as the Swine Flu.  Many of these deceptive products are being… Continue Reading