Ohio residents suffering from a particular bladder disorder may take Elmiron for the pain and discomfort associated with it. They may or may not know that certain previously unknown and/or unreported dangers from extended Elmiron use became known in recent years. This medication comes with some significant side effects, but up until now, the labels have not indicated that prolonged use could lead to vision problems, including blindness. Only recently did the Food and Drug Administration approve a new label that includes these issues as side effects.
Every year, thousands of medical devices and medications are recalled. Like others, some Ohio residents may wonder how the Food and Drug Administration is involved in this process. As of right now, the FDA cannot force a company to recall a product; it is up to the manufacturers to do the right thing.
Right now, nearly everyone here in Ohio and elsewhere is probably using hand sanitizer more often than ever. Of course, due to demand, it has been in short supply, so people are using brands they have not seen on the shelves just to make sure they have some available in order to comply with rules set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and other federal and state agencies. The problem is that the FDA recently discovered that one of the previously unknown brands could make users seriously ill.
Along with others across the country, Ohio residents may be wondering just how many commonly and abundantly used medications will end up containing N-Nitrosodimethylamine? So far, NDMA has been found in blood pressure medications and heartburn medications. Now, the Food and Drug Administration has announced that some pharmaceutical companies are recalling lots of extended release Metformin -- prescribed for type 2 diabetes -- due to the presence of this same probable human carcinogen.
Occasionally, the potential harm of a medical device far outweighs any benefits patients here in Ohio or elsewhere receive from it. In these cases, the Food and Drug Administration can ban such devices, but it does not use this power very often. When it does use this option, what happens?
Asthma and allergy sufferers here in Ohio and elsewhere often rely on medications to control their conditions. One of them is Singulair. Evidence suggests that this medication could cause serious mood-related and behavior changes that can actually put the lives of patients in jeopardy. Recently, the Food and Drug Administration issued a safety concern regarding this medication and its possible dire side effects.
Regardless of what else may be going on across the country and here in Ohio, people still need antibiotics in order to treat infections. If those medications fail to do their jobs, it will only make matters worse for patients. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration recently announced a recall of tetracycline, which is one of the antibiotics prescribed for a variety of infections.
In the midst of all the turmoil going on in the world today, some Ohio residents may have forgotten about the people who ended up with an addiction they never intended to have. The opioid epidemic continues despite anything else going on across the country. Both fortunately and unfortunately, people may have access to a drug that could help save the life of someone they know who suffers from this addiction.
Research has shown a medication commonly used to treat interstitial cystitis (IC), a painful bladder condition, may be linked to retinal damage and vision loss. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved use of the medication, Elmiron, for treatment of IC many years ago, but this side effect is a rather recent development.
Ohio residents with severe allergies rely on the epinephrine auto-injectors they carry at all times for relief in an emergency. Those who use the EpiPen 0.3mg or EpiPen Jr 0.15mg manufactured by Pfizer should know that the Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert regarding the products. The FDA alert also applies to the authorized generic versions of these name brand products.