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Painkillers Linked to Increase in Overdose Deaths

More popularity, availability of these medications may be reason, study suggests TUESDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths from overdoses of prescription drugs, primarily pain relievers, appear to be on the rise throughout the United States, new research suggests. West Virginia, i...

Gold Standard Re-launches ToxED Clinical Toxicology Poisoning and Drug Overdose Reference

New ToxED Meets Clinicians' Need for Detailed, Life-Saving Overdose Information at the Point-of-Care ToxED offers free electronic 'Open House' in November TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Setting a new standard for clinical toxicology poisoning and overdose references, Gold Standard In...

Statement of the Leapfrog Group on Hospital Overdose of Up to 17 Babies at CHRISTUS Spohn

The #1 Safety Hazard in Most Hospitals WASHINGTON, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CNN reported this morning that up to 17 babies at CHRISTUS Spohn Health System (Corpus Christi TX) received overdoses of the blood thinner heparin last week. As of 11 am CDT, one of the babies has died; anot...

Hissey Kientz, LLP Warns Duragesic Patch Users About Potential Health Risks of Fentanyl Overdose

Hissey Kientz, LLP wishes to alert patients of the serious and potentially fatal health risks they may face from using the Duragesic (fentanyl) pain patch. Patients who are directly exposed to the gel inside the patch, or who received an excessive fentanyl dose because of other factors, may devel...

American Sports Star Teenager Dies Due To Overdose Of Muscle Cream

In a documented first -of -its-kind case, a teenager died due to an overdose of muscle cream, used to soothe aching muscles. Arielle Newman, 17, from Staten Island, New York was examined after death and a surprisingly high amount of methyl salicylate, the active ingredient found in such creams...

Radiation Overdose at the Beatson Oncology Centre

Radiotherapy is used in the treatment of different types of cancer. The Beatson Oncology cancer centre in Glasgow is said to have given overdose of radiation to about 39 people over// a period of 20 years. But only one case has surfaced which has led to the inquiry of the overdose in the case of a ...

Parents Try To Cure Children With Overdose Of Medicines

A new study have found that some of the parents, out of sheer anticipation, give overdose of medicines to their sick children, which they believe will cure them//. Australian researchers compiled through more than 70 studies published worldwide in the past 20 years and found that parents medica...

‘Radiation Overdose Girl’ Is Picking Up the Threads of Her Lie

A schoolgirl is recovering well, after a cancer unit administered a potentially deadly radiation overdose .Lisa Norris, is trying to re-build her life, and is currently receiving specialist oxygen treatment. // She has re-joined school and will be celebrating her 16th birthday soon. Lisa Nor...

Bob Woolmer Might Have Died of Accidental Drug and Alcohol Overdose

Bob Woolmer, the legendary cricket coach who died a bitter man in Jamaica on Sunday, might not have committed// suicide. A British newspaper reports that 'accidental drug and alcohol overdose' coupled with stress might have caused his sudden death. The 58-year-old coach was declared b...

Cancer patient Dies of Massive Radiation Overdose

Teen cancer patient, Lisa Norris, 16 has succumbed to the accidental 17 overdoses of radiation, almost a year after the mistake was discovered//. Lisa Norris, from Girvan in Ayrshire, was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October last year. She was admitted to the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasg...

Naloxone Prevents Heroin Overdose

A drug called naloxone has the potential to stop overdoses in heroin addicts. Hence many needle exchange programs are prescribing this drug to heroin addicts.// The news follows the deaths of at least 400 people who have consumed heroin laced with fentanyl. Prevention Point Philadelphia, a no...

Nurse Held Responsible For Insulin Overdose

A massive overdose of insulin led to the death of 62-year-old Moira Pullar on 17 January 2004 at Monklands General Hospital. The wrong dose was administered by a nurse who failed to cross check// the records in the hospital, or consult a doctor. The overdose of insulin resulted in bronchial pneumon...

Harvard Health Letter Special Section Features the Body's Unsung Marvels: The Feet

...issue: How Your Feet Work -- and Three Steps for Keeping Them Healthy Also in this issue:   All about shellfish Acetaminophen overdose The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $29 per year. Subs...

Nanotechnology Transforms Pain Relief

... relievers, has been linked to liver disease. Methyl Salicylate, a topical analgesic found in the likes of Bengay(R) and Icy Hot(R), can lead to fatal overdose if applied excessively. MyOmega(R) deters excessive application by avoiding the use of Methyl Salicylate and using a gradual release philosophy to nat...

Medicines Top Source of Kids' Poisonings

...ut of every 180 2-year-olds visits an emergency department for a medication overdose each year." Dr. Robert Geller, a professor of pediatrics at Emory Univer... these medicines is that there have been rare patterns of misuse leading to overdose recently identified, particularly in infants, and safety is our top priorit...

Jackson Tragedy May Serve to Educate Public on Addiction, Says American Society of Addiction Medicine

...arious prescription drugs can contribute to catastrophic outcomes. ASAM supports additional research on the extent of prescription drug addiction and overdose deaths, the factors leading to the current epidemic of prescription drug misuse and addiction, and specific clinical and policy strategies to minimize...

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc. Updates Prenexa.com with Folic Acid Content, Money-Saving Coupon, and Personalized Address Labels

... Important Safety Information: Please see full Prescribing Information for a complete list of warnings and precautions. Warning: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep This Product Out Of The Reach Of Children. In case of acci...

Questions to Pharmacists Rise After Michael Jackson's Death

... Consumers more alert to overdose risks from prescription drugs, survey suggests THURSDAY, July 9...drugs may have increased the public's concern about prescription medication overdose risks, suggests a survey of U.S. pharmacists. Of the more than 200 respo...

U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Xanodyne Agree on a Plan to Keep Propoxyphene-Containing Products Available as Treatment Options for the Management of Mild to Moderate Pain

...acturers of propoxyphene-containing products to address three primary areas; change the product label to strengthen important safety information about overdose and certain drug-drug interactions, develop and distribute a patient medication guide and provide additional clinical data to further evaluate cardiac...

Wrong dose of heart meds too frequent in children

...rders, giving extra doses or missing doses. In one instance, the patient's weight in pounds was mistaken for weight in kilograms, resulting in a gross overdose of three different heart drugs, which sent the patient into cardiac arrest. Half of the errors occurred in children younger than 1 year, and 90 pe...

FDA Mandates Tougher Warnings for Pain Pills

...ntaining products by adding boxed warnings that emphasize the potential for overdose and developing medication guides to be given to each person filling or refi...oses, FDA officials said. Between 1959 and 2005, 91 deaths attributed to an overdose of these products have been recorded in the adverse-events database, said D...

If 2 Painkillers Are Banned, What Next?

... of each drug that their patients would be getting, reducing the risk of an overdose of acetaminophen. An estimated 42,000 Americans are treated in hospitals ea... She added, "There was a clear message that there is a high likelihood of overdose from prescription narcotic/acetaminophen combination products. If we don't ...

FDA Panel Urges Ban on Vicodin, Percocet

...scription combination products," Kweder said during the press conference. She added, "There was a clear message that there is a high likelihood of overdose from prescription narcotic/acetaminophen combination products. If we don't eliminate these combination products, we should certainly at least lower th...

FDA Panel Urges Tough Controls on Acetaminophen Painkillers

...ke more than is recommended on the label," she said. "That message was pretty clear." "There was a clear message that there is a high likelihood of overdose from prescription narcotic/acetaminophen combination products," Kweder said. "If we don't eliminate these combination products we should certainly at ...

Michael Jackson Joins Tragic List of Accidental Celebrity Deaths Caused by Prescription Drugs, Says eDrugSearch.com

...be the latest star to have died from an accidental overdose of prescription medications , according to news r...John's "Candle in the Wind" died from an overdose of sleeping pills -- specifically, Nembutal and ch...any forensic experts and investigators now say the overdose was more likely to have been accidental. 2. EL...

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Key to Fetal Development - Possible Mercury Contamination Concerns in Some Fish Oil Avoided With Plant-based DHA in PreNexa(R) Prenatal Vitamins

...of quality control. PreNexa (R) is available nationwide, by prescription only, in bottles containing a 30-day supply. WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children less than six years of age. KEEP THIS PRODUCT OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDR...

NUCYNTA(TM) (tapentadol) CII Immediate Release Tablets Now Available for Relief of Moderate to Severe Acute Pain

...ignificant risk to the abuser that could result in overdose and death. Experience with NUCYNTA(TM) overdose is very limited. Management of overdose should be focused on treating symptoms of mu-opioi...

Artificial liver may extend lives

...ible for the study have life-threatening acute liver failure, often due to an infection. Another trial open to patients with liver failure due to drug overdose without underlying liver disease is expected to begin enrollment later this year. The current trials expand on prior results from Phase 1 and 2 tri...

Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD Announces: Vets' Sudden Cardiac Deaths Are Not Suicides or Overdoses

...nson were four West Virginia veterans who died in their sleep in early 2008. Baughman's research suggests that they did not commit suicide and did not overdose as suggested by the military. All were diagnosed with PTSD. All seemed "normal" when they went to bed. And, all were on Klonopin (a benzodiazepine)...

Olanzapine Long-Acting Injection (LAI) Efficacy and Safety Data Presented at American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting

...er in terms of laboratory analytes. About PDSS PDSS describes a range of signs and symptoms similar to those observed with oral olanzapine overdose that have been seen in 0.07 percent of olanzapine LAI injections in clinical trials as of February 22, 2009. These signs/symptoms include: sedation (r...

New Once-Daily RYZOLT(TM) (tramadol HCl extended-release tablets) Now Available in the U.S.

...hing, chewing, or dissolving the product which can result in the uncontrolled delivery of the opioid, and as a consequence poses a significant risk of overdose and death. This risk is increased with concurrent abuse of alcohol and other substances. RYZOLT should be administered cautiously in patients at ...

Americans United for Life Condemns FDA Decision that Will Increase Minors' Access to Plan B

...order. The maker of Plan B has not researched what happens when adolescents take Plan B. In addition, neither the maximum safe dose nor the effects of overdose have been determined by scientific study on any age group." Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Tummino ...

Consumer Reports Survey Shows High Satisfaction for Physical Therapist Treatment of Back Pain

...use. She goes on to say that "prescriptions of opioids among patients with spinal disorders more than doubled from 1997 to 2004" and reports of opioid overdose have risen with the numbers of prescriptions. "So many people are more conscious of what they eat and drink than of the medications they often us...

Consumer Reports Survey: Hands-On Therapies Among Top-Rated Treatments for Back Pain

...pioids for low-back pain. They have numerous adverse effects such as drowsiness, respiratory depression, constipation, and nausea, to name a few. And overdose is a big concern, sending increasing numbers of patients to emergency rooms as opioid prescriptions rise," said Dr. Orly Avitzur, a board-certified ne...

Post-Op Painkillers Tied to Deaths After Spinal Fusion

...al fusion surgery between 1994 and 2001. Of the 103 patients who died in the three years following surgery, 21 percent involved either accidental overdose or suicide involving pain medications. These tended to be younger surgical patients, while older ones were more likely to die of cancer, heart disease...

What Causes Mystery Heart Condition?

...and a few case reports of heart muscle dysfunction after epinephrine," Wittstein sad. "We are the first to report a series of such cases." While an overdose can trigger the condition, "some of the patients received the right dose of the medicine and developed it anyway, so there may be susceptibility in so...

NSC Hosts National Poison Prevention Week News Conference, Tuesday, March 17

...a.m. at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The event will feature a father, Phil Bauer, of Pennsylvania, whose son died from an unintentional overdose of painkilling medication just one week before his high school graduation. Other speakers will include: Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R...

Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking

...e age of 1. The supplements are recommended for children with chronic diseases, eating disorders and certain other conditions. In fact, supplement overdose or poisoning can be an issue, especially in younger (2-to-4-year-olds) children; overdoses can lead to vomiting, or to more serious problems such as k...

Under-Treatment of Pain Exacerbated by Public Perceptions of Medicines and Safety

... were possibility of addiction (48 percent), abuse/misuse (21 percent), and overdose (12 percent). Regarding safety, 73 percent said 'yes,' pain medicines pres...ctive is to reduce the number of unintentional prescription pain medication overdose deaths by 15% in 2009 through PSAs, tools and resources for physicians and ...

Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy announces new findings

... erratic behavior, depression and problems with impulse control. However, CTE eventually progresses to full-blown dementia. McHale died due to a drug overdose after a multi-year battle with addiction. Expert consensus is that drug abuse of any kind would never cause the neuropathological findings of CTE seen...
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