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Side Effects of Xanax
Here are the potential side effects of Xanax and a space for readers to share their own side effects and experiences with Xanax.

Antidepressants No More Effective Than Placebos
A new review of previous studies has found that SSRI antidepressants such as Paxil, Prozac, Effexor, and Serzone are no more effective than placebos except when used by the severely depressed.

Boniva Side Effects
Boniva side effects reported by patients. Shre your own Boniva side effects with others.

John Travolta Says Psychiatric Drugs to Blame for School Shootings
John Travolta says psychiatric drugs are to blame for school shootings.

TV Pharma Ads Less Effective Than Print Ads
Drug companies are working overtime to make sure you take more notice of their drug ads. They've found that people recall print ads much more than tv ads.

Methadone Abuse On the Rise
Because of the death of Anna Nicole Smith, we have been hearing a lot about methadone in the news. It is becoming a more and more popular street drug, similar to Oxycontin and Vicodin. Only cocaine kills more people. Fatal...

Accidental Prescription Drug Deaths on the Rise
Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found that accidental drug poisoning deaths rose 68% between 1999 and 2004.

New Research Says TV Drug Ads Are Misleading
Researchers at UCLA have come out criticizing TV drug ads, saying they appeal to viewers' emotion rather than giving out information.

Wyeth Loses Prempro Trial in Philadelphia
Wyeth lost a Prempro trial in Philadelphia on Monday and was ordered to pay an Arkansas woman $1.5 million.

Jeb Bush, Merck, and Moffitt
Florida governor Jeb Bush wants to give Merck & Co $15 million in state money in order to help them form a cancer research partnership with the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Parkinson's Drugs May Damage Heart Valves
Permax and Dostinex, drugs used to treat Parkinson's Disease, may cause damage to heart valves. The new findings were published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Michael S. Okun, the medical director for the National Parkinson Foundation,...

700,000 Go to ER Each Year Over Drug Reactions
700,000 people go to the ER every year due to adverse drug reactions.

Merck's Diabetes Drug Januvia Approved
The FDA has approved Merck's diabetes drug, Januvia.

Lunesta Ads Boost Drug Industry Spending
Lunesta drug ads

Paxil CR Recalled, Patients Not Informed
Last month, GlaxoSmithKline recalled Paxil CR pills that were lacking the active ingredient paroxetine hydrochloride. They recalled 7.5 million pills but did not inform patients.

Merck's Cancer Drug Zolinza Approved
The FDA has approved Merck's cancer drug Zolinza to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

U.S. Relaxes Stance on Importing Prescription Drugs
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has announced that it will stop seizing prescription drugs mailed from other countries to the United States.

Wyeth Loses First Prempro Case
In the first Prempro case Wyeth has lost, a jury awarded $1.5 million in damages to a 66-year-old Jennie Nelson.

Prozatene - Drug Commercial Parody
A pharmaceutical drug commercial parody video.

Merck Puts MK-0577 Obesity Drug On Hold
After diappointing clinical trials, Merck has put obesity treatment MK-0577 on hold.

Older Antipsychotics Work Better Than New Ones
A new study has found that older antipsychotic drugs such as Haldol are better at treating schizophrenia than newer, more expensive drugs such as Zyprexa, Seroquel, and, Risperdal.

Money Talks - Drug Industry Documentary
Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, the woman who wrote and directed the movie Side Effects, has made a documentary about the drug industry called Money Talks.

Effexor Petition
Discussion about a petition online concerned Effexor and its manufacturer Wyeth. The petition asks Wyeth to come clean about Effexor side effects.

Side Effects - Movie About A Pharmaceutical Rep
Side Effects is a movie written and directed by Kathleen Slattery-Moschkau, a woman who worked as a pharmaceutical drug rep for ten years. It stars Katherine Heigl (from Grey's Anatomy).

Ambien Side Effects
A place for people to post about Ambien side effects. Read Ambien patient comments or post your own.

Effexor Side Effects
Patients post their experiences and side effects with Effexor and Effexor SR.

Paxil Side Effects
Patients post their experiences and side effects with Paxil and Paxil CR. Read others' comments or share your own Paxil experiences.

Cymbalta Side Effects
Patients post their experiences and side effects with Cymbalta. Read others' comments or share your own Cymbalta experiences.

Zoloft Side Effects
Patient experiences and side effects with Zoloft. Read others' comments or share your own Zoloft experiences.

Lexapro Side Effects
Patient experiences and side effects with Lexapro. Read others' comments or share your own Lexapro experiences.

H. Pylori Treatment Drug Pylera Approved
The FDA has given the green light to Axcan Pharma, Inc. to market the drug Pylera for the treatment of H. pylori (Helicobacter pylori).

Bayer's Trasylol Under Review by the FDA
Trasylol® is indicated for prophylactic use to reduce perioperative blood loss and the need for blood transfusion in patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in the course of coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Lamictal and Cleft Palate Birth Defects
Lamictal, prescribed for epilepsy and bipolar disorder, has been linked to cleft palate birth defects.

Merck Invests in FoxHollow Technologies
Merck will pay $195 million for an 11 percent stake in FoxHollow Technologies, Inc.

Lamictal Approved for Tonic Clonic Seizures
Lamictal has been approved to treat tonic clonic seizures in both children and adults.

Merck Named and Shamed
A watchdog group called the Prescription Medicines Code of Practice Authority, an arm of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, has called out Merck under its new "name-and-shame" policy.

Panel Reports on State of Drug Safety
A panel convened by The Institute of Medicine has released a report called "The Future of Drug Safety." The report addresses drug safety in the U.S. and issues within the FDA.

Wellbutrin Side Effects
People sharing their side effects and experiences with Wellbutrin and Wellbutrin XL.

Black Box Labels Requested for Cipro and Levaquin
The FDA has been asked by Public Citizen, a consumer group, to put black box warnings on Cipro and Levaquin, a class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones. There is a risk of tendon rupture and the current warnings are not...

FDA Orders Label Changes for Dexedrine
The FDA has asked pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline to add a warning to ADHD drug Dexedrine alerting patients to possible risk of heart problems when taking the drug.

Accutane Side Effects Worse Than Expected
The possible side effects of acne drug Accutane were always known to be pretty serious, but a new study shows they are even more serious than previously realized.

Merck Loses Two Times in One Day
Merck had two losses related to Vioxx lawsuits in the same day last week.

Wyeth's Prempro Faces First Lawsuit
Linda Reeves took the hormone replacement drug Prempro to protect her from osteoporosis. She was diagnosed with breast cancer 6 years ago and filed a suit against Wyeth, the manufacturer of the drug. The suit alleges that Wyeth misrepresented the...

The FDA and MIT Work on Drug Safety
The FDA is collaborating with MIT to come up with better ways to ensure drug safety. Given the FDA's poor track record in recent years in monitoring drug safety this is definitely a step in the right direction, but is it enough?

Merck Wins Latest Vioxx Lawsuit
Merck has won the latest Vioxx lawsuit, with jurors finding that the drug was not responsible for a 71-year-old Stewart Grossberg's heart problems. This is the fifth Vioxx lawsuit the company has won, with at least 16,000 more to go.

Celebrities and Drug Companies
An article published exactly a year ago today in the online edition of Newsweek explains the seedy and unethical connection between celebrities and drug companies.

Ask Your Doctor What He Had for Lunch Today
Is your doctor prescribing your medication because you need it or because the drug company has buttered him up with free lunches delivered to his office every day? Despite the amount they charge for a 15-minute visit, many doctors don't even have to pay for their own lunches.


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