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Studies Show Oral Contraceptives Containing Drospirenone Increase the Risk of Blood Clots

The consumer watchdog organization Public Citizen, in its Worst Pills Best Pills Newsletter for May, 2011, highlighted the February review in the French medical journal Prescrire International, of four studies examining the link between blood clots and oral contraceptives containing the progestin drospirenone. Although two of the studies found no increase in the risk of…

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Study Says, Nursing Home Residents Are Being Prescribed Antipsychotic Drugs Regardless of Potentially Hazardous Side Effects

According to a recent report by The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), many nursing home residents suffering from dementia are being prescribed atypical antipsychotic drugs (AAP) despite potentially life-threatening consequences. Atypical (or second-generation) antipsychotic drugs are used to treat various psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar…

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FDA Caught Red-handed Spying on Its Employees

An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration of a number of its employees, characterized as an effort to quell their communication with outside critics of the agency, particularly in the matter of medical review procedures, was the topic of a recent New York Times article. In that article, reporters Eric Lichtblau and Scott Shane…

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Unsecured Beach Umbrellas Pose Extreme Risks

By: Devon Reiff, Esq. Back in May of 2006, a settlement was reached with the State of New York in which it agreed to pay $200,000 to my client, a woman who narrowly escaped being killed by a flying beach umbrella at Robert Moses State Park. That story was carried by the New York newspapers…

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