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For safety, FDA monitors 20 drugs in the market

September 8, 2008

A 2007 federal law requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to disclose reports from doctors, patients, hospitals, nurses and pharmaceutical companies problems surrounding a particular drug—from simple drug labelling concerns to serious side effects. The list doesn’t automatically imply that the drugs are unsafe and patients don’t necessarily have to stop their medications.

Product Name:
Active Ingredient (Trade)
or Product Class—————————-Potential Serious Risk/New Safety Info.

Arginine Hydrochloride Injection (R-Gene 10)—-Pediatric overdose due to labeling
Desflurane (Suprane)—————————-Cardiac arrest (heart stops working)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta)—————————Urinary retention
Etravirine (Intelence)—————————–Hemarthrosis (blood in a joint)
Fluorouracil Cream (Carac)
and Ketoconazole Cream (Kuric)—————Adverse events due to name confusion
Heparin ————————————-anaphylactic-type allergic reactions

Icodextrin (Extraneal)—————————Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
Insulin U-500 (Humulin R)———————-Dosing confusion
Ivermectin (Stromectol) and Warfarin———Drug interaction
Lapatinib (Tykerb)——————————-Hepatotoxicity (liver toxicity)
Lenalidomide (Revlimid)————————–Stevens-Johnson syndrome
Natalizumab (Tysabri)—————————-Skin melanomas (deadly skin cancer)

Nitroglycerin (Nitrostat)————————–Overdose due to labeling confusion
Octreotide Acetate Depot (Sandostatin LAR)—-Ileus (bowels not moving)
Oxycodone Hydrochloride
Controlled-Release (OxyContin)——————-Drug misuse, abuse, and overdose
Perflutren Lipid Microsphere (Definity)———-Cardiopulmonary reactions
Phenytoin Injection (Dilantin)———————-Purple glove syndrome
Quetiapine (Seroquel)——————————Overdose due to labeling confusion
Tebivudine (Tyzeka)———————————Peripheral neuropathy
Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Blockers———-Pediatric cancers

For the first time, a quarterly report covering January 1 to March 31 2008 is issued scrutinizing certain medicines for their safety. Once the result of the drug evaluation is out, whether the drug has adverse effects or is confirmed safe, it will be reported in the Adverse Event Reporting System (ARES)to alert the public. Part of a drug safety initiative, the report evaluates the seriousness of a side-effect or if there is something unknown for a particular medicine which can pose a health problem. Source: WebHealthNews (09/05/08, DeNoon, DJ/Chang,L)=0=

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Supreme Court Courage Needed

Intelligence can be inherited, education can be bought, expertise can be trained but courage is one thing that cannot be taught. And it is courage that is utterly lacking in our Supreme Court for a long time now. It a virtue Senators Diokno and Joker Arroyo had in abundance.”—MyTy, Philippines

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P263K of bills detain a patient in a Bicol hospital?

August 23, 2008


After weeks of treatment following wounds and fractures sustained in a vehicular accident, injured-patient and cancer-sufferer Elizabeth Evangelio, widow of Ibalonian George Evangelio who died in the road accident last month is allegedly being held by the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTHH) of Albay for nonpayment of bills (P263,000.00)in spite of guarantees made by the bus company involved in the accident. (PhotoCredit: BRTTH after Reming by Bibal, J) Through a text message however, Joshua Evangelio, the son, said his mom’s release from the hospital may be granted next week.

A test case for the law’s implementation, Evangelio’s situation demonstrates the pros and cons of having a legislation which puts innocent citizens and hospitals in hot water over the financial aspects of catastrophic illnesses and injuries. The Philippines passed the Hospital Dentention Law last year. On a medical standpoint which BRTTH probably subscribes to, there’s no benefit keeping a patient longer than necessary especially in so far as finances are concerned. Hospital detention exposes a patient from hospital-borne disease and uses up beds that can be used by other patients. It’s unclear whether this legislation is ever followed or is subject to negotiations in healthcare centers all over the country.

In a separate post, I’ll share with you an article entitled “Hospital Detention Act: Pro-Poor or Anti-Hospital” I wrote which was published last year in New York Filipino Reporter and Bicol Mail in Naga City. I hope it can provide some information about the healthcare problem on which you can frame your opinion and course of action. =0=