Month: April 2015

FDA approves first generic Abilify to treat mental illnesses

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first generic versions of Abilify (aripiprazole). Generic aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic drug approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.   Alembic Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Hetero Labs Ltd., Teva Pharmaceuticals and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. have received FDA approval to market generic aripiprazole in multiple strengths and dosage …

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Injectable Products by Mylan: Recall – Presence of Particulate Matter

including certain lots of: Gemcitabine for Injection Carboplatin Injection Methotrexate Injection Cytarabine Injection   AUDIENCE: Pharmacy, Oncology, Rheumatology ISSUE: Mylan N.V. is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall to the hospital/user level of select lots of injectable products due to the presence of visible foreign particulate matter observed during testing of retention samples. Administration of a …

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Blue Bell Creameries Voluntarily Expands Recall to Include All of its Products Due to Possible Health Risk

April 20, 2015 – BRENHAM, TX – Blue Bell Ice Cream of Brenham, Texas, is voluntarily recalling all of its products currently on the market made at all of its facilities including ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen snacks because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause …

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Pet Owner Alert: Compounded Flurbiprofen Pain Creams Can Kill, Sicken Cats

The FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine released a warningthis afternoon to veterinarians, pet owners, healthcare providers, and pharmacists that pain creams containing flurbiprofen have sickened five cats across three households, with three of the cats dying. The cats suffered kidney and intestinal damage consistent with poisoning by a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent (NSAID), the drug class shared …

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Teixobactin: A New Class of Antibiotic

A new antibiotic has been discovered: Teixobactin. This in itself represents a significant breakthrough since it is the first new type of antibiotic to be discovered since the late 1980s. The discovery carries more significance especially in the era of antibiotic crisis, in which a rising number of microbial strains are evolving resistance to common …

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Baxter Initiates Voluntary Recall of Select Lots of IV Solutions Due to the Potential Presence of Particulate Matter

Baxter International Inc. announced today it is voluntarily recalling select lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. Intravenous administration of a solution containing sterile particulate matter may lead to adverse health consequences. The extent and severity of harm depends on the size, number, and composition …

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FDA Cannot Find Conclusive Evidence Zyprexa Injection Killed Patients

After an investigation, the US Food and Drug Administration has stated that they are still unsure whether the long-acting, injectable antipsychotic drug Zyprexa Relprevv (olanzapine pamoate) killed two people who died within several days of receiving the injection, according to an FDA press release. Zyprexa is an antipsychotic often given to people diagnosed with schizophrenia, …

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