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Birth control pills recalled due to mistakes in packaging

If you’re a woman on birth control, it might be wise to take a look at your latest prescription and make sure that it hasn’t been recalled. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a national recall on March 4, 2019, of birth control tablets produced by Apotex. Apotex voluntarily recalled four lots of […]

January brings news of more medication recalls

For anybody taking prescription blood pressure medication these days, there’s more bad news regarding recalls. Now, valsartan medications made by Aurobindo Pharma USA, Inc. are being voluntarily recalled. We recently discussed the massive recalls that have been troubling patients who rely on various forms of valsartan. Valsartan is a medication that belongs to a class […]

Blood pressure drugs recalled over cancer concerns

Could your blood pressure medication be putting you at risk of cancer? That’s the concern that led to the recall of three common drugs used to treat high blood pressure. After tests indicated that some valsartan medications contained traces of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), a suspected carcinogen, Mylan Pharmaceuticals has been forced to recall 104 lots of […]

Supplements stay on shelves despite presence of drugs

Supplements, ranging from herbal concoctions to vitamin and mineral replacement therapies, are big business. You can tell that just by walking through the right aisle of any grocery store or pharmacy in the country. However, a lot of people question if they’re really getting what they pay for when they buy them. There have been […]

Not just a rash: A dermatological emergency that can kill

Rashes are itchy and annoying, to be sure, but they’re not usually an emergency — unless the rash turns into a condition known as either Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) or toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). The difference between the two conditions is essentially the degree of severity — the amount of the victim’s skin that’s affected. Both […]

What is a ‘black box’ warning?

Every drug — whether it’s something as simple as an aspirin for a headache or something as complicated as one of the new biologic medications for certain chronic conditions — comes with its own risks. Some of those risks, however, are certainly greater than others. Drugs that carry the greatest risks are given a “black […]

How can you prevent a pharmacy error?

You may trust your pharmacist, but it’s a mistake to assume that he or she is infallible. Despite all the precautions that are taken, pharmacy errors happen every day, and some of them can be lethal. Even if a medication error isn’t fatal, it can make you very sick. What can you do to help […]

Stay alert about the latest potentially defective drugs

A large part of the way we serve residents of Kingsport involves staying up-to-date about any potential news that might affect our fellow Tennesseans. We use all of our resources to uncover this information so that we are already prepared to help those in need who make contact with our staff. One area we look […]

How can patients learn about new medications they take?

Consumers today are more informed than ever about the potential risks associated with a variety of products. Medication typically tops the list of products about which the public has expressed concern. While people understand that drugs are necessary to treat medical conditions, they worry about suffering harm caused by faulty medication. Doctors often prescribe several […]

Information about the valsartan blood pressure drug recall

You may have heard by now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the voluntary recall of defective drugs containing an active ingredient called valsartan. These medicines were recalled because some of the drugs contain – or may contain – N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which could pose a cancer risk to patients. Medications that control […]

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