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‘All-Natural’ Diet Supplements Contain Amphetamine-Like Compound

Published on Dec 9, 2013 at 7:44 am in Dangerous Drugs.

dangerous supplementsScientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tested 21 supplements claiming to be “natural” and determined that nine of the 21 contained a non-natural amphetamine-like compound. The testing has been reported by USA Today, but the FDA is not yet divulging which supplements contained the compound. The FDA also has not issued any warnings yet.

All 21 products list an ingredient on their labels called Acacia rigidula, which is a plant found in Texas and Mexico. However, the FDA did not find the amphetamine-like substance in samples of the plant. The FDA also notes that the compound appears to have never been tested for safety on humans, they said.

Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics Should Be Wary of Dietary Supplements

Published on Dec 2, 2013 at 8:19 am in Dangerous Drugs.

If you are at risk for Type 2 diabetes, or currently managing it, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a warning about supplements. The NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has found that “supplement use should be monitored closely in patients who have or are at risk for kidney disease.”

The center warns that some reports have linked supplement use to kidney disease. The website reviews several dietary supplements and issues these warnings:

Johnson & Johnson Pays Record Fines for Marketing Tactics

Published on Nov 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm in Dangerous Drugs.

Kentucky Personal InjuryAfter a decade-long investigation, Johnson & Johnson has agreed to settle civil and criminal claims relating to marketing tactics for three of the drugs promoted by its subsidiaries.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced in early November that Johnson & Johnson agreed to pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve the ongoing investigations. The company will also plead guilty to a misdemeanor. The allegations include off-label marketing and kickbacks to doctors and pharmacists for the drugs Risperdal, Invega, and Natrecor.

Off-Label Marketing

Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen engaged in an aggressive campaign to promote the antipsychotic drug Risperdal for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA Warning for Diet Pill OxyElite Pro

Published on Oct 15, 2013 at 3:31 pm in Dangerous Drugs.

The dietary supplement OxyElite Pro has been linked to cases of acute hepatitis and liver failure. In early October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an advisory cautioning people to stop using any supplement labeled OxyElite Pro.

The supplement, distributed by USPlabs in Texas, is a diet pill marketed to target body fat. The product is sold throughout the U.S. via Internet and retail sellers.

The problem surfaced when 29 cases of acute non-viral hepatitis were reported in Hawaii. Twenty-four of those patients had been using the OxyElite Pro product. Eleven of the patients were hospitalized, two received liver transplants, and one died. An investigation to confirm causation is underway, but the Hawaii state epidemiologist said that no other supplement or medication has been found in common among more than two of the affected patients.

Major Fine Looms for Johnson & Johnson Over Risperdal Side Effects

Published on Sep 2, 2013 at 8:26 am in Dangerous Drugs.

Kentucky Defective DrugHave you or someone you know been prescribed the drug Risperdal? You should be aware that issues have surfaced concerning side effects caused by the drug.

Risperdal is a commonly prescribed atypical antipsychotic drug, used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug for use in adults in 1993 and then for children in 2007.

Dozens of lawsuits have been filed over the issue of side effects caused by the drug when used in children. Many of the suits allege that the drug caused boys who took it to grow breasts. This is believed to have happened due to elevated levels of the hormone prolactin, which stimulates breast development in girls and milk production in pregnant women.