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Fda requires boxed warning for all botulinum toxin products
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Prompted by reports of serious adverse events, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that safety label changes, including a boxed warning, and a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS), are necessary for all botulinum toxin products.

The agency said it took the action because of reports that the effects of the botulinum toxin may spread from the area of injection to other areas of the body, causing symptoms similar to those of botulism, including unexpected loss of strength or muscle weakness, hoarseness or trouble talking, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids.

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Two University of Chicago employees have Swine Flu
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   
The University of Chicago Hospitals confirmed on the evening of 4/29/2009 that two hospital employees were "probable" for Swine Flu. Both had been home for a week and had no patient contact while contagious. Source: University of Chicago
 
Fda requires additional labeling for over-the-counter pain relievers
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The Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule today that requires manufacturers of over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers and fever reducers to revise their labeling to include warnings about potential safety risks, such as internal bleeding and liver damage, associated with the use of these popular drugs.

Products covered by the FDA action include acetaminophen, and a class of drugs known as the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen. Acetaminophen is in a class by itself. The revised labeling applies to all OTC pain relievers and fever reducers, including those that contain one of these ingredients in combination with other ingredients, such as in cold medicines containing pain relievers or fever reducers.

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Potential new drug target for depression identified
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Washington, DC April 28, 2009 – An acid-sensitive protein in the brain may represent a new target for the treatment of depression, according to animal research in the April 29 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The study shows that disrupting acid-sensitive ion channel-1a (ASIC1a) produces antidepressant-like effects in mice. The findings may one day benefit people who do not respond to traditional antidepressants or who cannot tolerate their side effects.
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WHO raises pandemic threat level
Written by Naoum Issa, MD, PhD   

WHO pandemic threat level raised from phase 4 to phase 5 (the second highest level) for Swine Flu on 4/29/2009.

WHO Director-General credits preparations for the threat of H5N1 virus (Avian Flu) for rapid response to the Swine Flu. 

Source: WHO announcement

 
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