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People take over the counter pills for many ailments like headaches, colds and allergies. With summer coming up just around the corner, people also take dietary supplements to assist in weight loss to look better in their swimsuits. Also wedding season is beginning soon, when brides try desperately hard to look good in their dresses on the best nights of their lives. The bad news is that some defective drugs are on the shelves while they are being checked by the FDA.

A company in California named Green Planet, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of one of their products on March 11th of this year after being sold to distributors and wholesalers from October 2012 up until the recall. The product was a diet pill marketed as the “Night Bullet”. It was found to contain small amounts of a prescription drug used to treat erectile dysfunction. This recall comes on the heels of the final test run on this supplement by the Food & Drug Association when the trace amounts were noticed.

The active ingredients in ED medicine are dangerous to people who are taking other prescription drugs. For example, it can interact badly with the nitrates in certain prescription drugs which treat diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease. Side effects may include dangerously low blood pressure, headaches and flushing.


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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a recall for one Lot (# 12G468) of Ferrous Sulfate Tablets, 325 mg, because these tablets may actually contain Meclizine HCl 25 mg tablets. Meclizine HCl is given for the treatment of nausea and vomiting. According to the FDA's press release, ingesting Meclizine HCl 25 mg as Ferrous Sulfate 325 mg “may cause serious side effects to those who consume alcohol or other sedatives, those with a pre-existing CNS disorder, those with imprinted kidney or liver function, the elderly, nursing infants of lactating mothers who received the drug and newborns of mothers who received the drug immediately before childbirth.”

The problem was discovered by a pharmacist, who complained to the manufacturer of the Ferrous Sulfate, Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. The company immediately issued a voluntary recall. The tablets were sold with the label Rugby Natural Iron Supplement Ferrous Sulfate in 100 count bottles. The lot of Rugby Ferrous Sulfate is 12G468 and expires on 7/14.

A patient who has been prescribed a daily dosage of three Ferrous Sulfate, but received the defective product, would be actually be taking 75 mg of meclizine HCl daily, which is close to the maximum daily adult dose in prescription meclizine drug products of 100 mg. Taking the medication three times per day instead of once per day could also lead to significant drug accumulation because it is a long-acting drug with effects that may persist up to 24 hours after a single dose. Side-effects of meclizine toxicity include impaired alertness, drowsiness, confusion, low blood pressure, coma, and respiratory depression. The effects can even become life-threatening.


A new Dutch study suggests that elderly people who use psychiatric drugs may have an increased risk for falling, according to the Chicago Tribune. Senior citizens who took medications including antidepressants and anti-psychotics were twice as likely to have fallen three or more times in the previous year. Although the study can't prove that the effects of the drugs directly caused more falls, psychiatric drugs often have side effects, including changes in thinking, attention and blood pressure levels, which may put seniors at higher risk for falling.

Elderly people are particularly prone to falls, which can cause hip fractures, severe injuries or even death. In 2009, over 20,000 American seniors died from fall injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors recommend that psychiatric drugs should be avoided for elderly patients who also have other risk factors for falling.

Most of all, the study found a higher rate of falling among elderly people taking antidepressants, antipsychotics and benzodiazepines, including the anxiety drug alprazolam (Xanax) and the insomnia drug temazepam (Restoril). The researchers took into account depression or cognitive impairment among the patients, as well as age and how much they normally walked daily. There are many different factors besides medication that may increase the risk of falling, such as age or osteoporosis. However, when it comes to lowering the risk of falling, changing medication may be the easiest alternative.


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The Zoloft lawsuit currently has 250 claims that are now pending for the Zoloft Litigation that is underway in the Pennsylvania Federal Court.

In the Easter District of Pennsylvania, the Zoloft lawsuits continue to move forward in the multidistrict litigation that is currently underway in the U.S. District Court. There have been at least 250 cases filed in the Pennsylvania litigation by plaintiffs whose alleged use of Pfizer's antidepressants during pregnancy has caused birth defects in their children. Overseeing the federal Zoloft litigation is U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, who issued Pretrial Order No. 15 on November 25, 2012. This order set forth a joint discovery of scheduling a plan for the proceedings.

The nationwide law firm that is representing these victims of defective drugs and medical devices said, “We are pleased to see the federal litigation moving forward, and expect more complaints to be filed in the coming months.” The firm is also offering help to those victims of birth defects that may be associated with Zoloft.


In a new Yaz lawsuit filing, five plaintiffs will join the multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for their birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin, and the generic form of the drug, Ocella. For the Southern District of Illinois, the MDL is located in the U.S. District Court. On December 11, 2012, plaintiffs Crystal Elias, Monica Mack, Angela Thorton, Shanda Thomas, and Casey Maguire filed for compensation for the side effects from the birth control medication. These side effects included deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). The plaintiffs are seeking damages, punitive and exemplary damages, compensatory damages, and reimbursement for their legal fees.

MDL consolidates complaints against Bayer

The MDL against Bayer consolidates complaints nationwide of women who supposedly suffered from side effects of the medication ranging from blood clots, PE, DVT, and other problems. The main ingredient in Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella is the newly developed fourth generation progestin drospirenone. This lawsuit claims breach of express and implied warranties, negligence, failure to adequately test, nonconformance with representations, inadequate warning, design defect, and defective manufacturing from the five participating plaintiffs.

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