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March 2005 Archives

Support the American Lung Association

Californians May Donate to Lung Disease Research on Their 2004 State Income Tax Return OAKLAND, CA -- March 28, 2005 -- One in seven Californians live with lung diseases like asthma, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lung cancer kills more than 35,200 state residents every year. These statistics come...

FDA's Handling of the COX–2 Crisis

FDA Is Not Doing Enough to Protect Public, Medical Journal Article Charges Washington, D.C. — March 25, 2005 — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does a poor job of monitoring approved drugs and discourages debate about product safety, an editor of the New England Journal of Medicine concluded in...

Texas Medical Malpractice Claims

No Evidence of Medical Malpractice Crisis, Texas Study Shows AUSTIN, TX -- March 18, 2005 -- Republicans and the American Medical Association are promoting so-called tort reform, calling for caps on jury awards to patients who are injured through medical negligence. They claim that runaway litigation causes increased medical malpractice...

Consumer Group Asked for Crestor® Ban

Crestor® May Cause Muscle Damage, Especially Among Asians, FDA Warns WASHINGTON, D.C. -- March 11, 2005 -- The cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor® (rosuvastatin) may cause severe muscle damage, especially among Asian Americans, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory warns. Affected patients can develop muscle pain and tenderness, called myopathy. This...

"Class Action Fairness Bill" Becomes Law

"Class Action Fairness Bill" Anything But Fair to Average Consumer WASHINGTON, D.C. -- March 9, 2005 -- President Bush has signed into law the so-called "Class Action Fairness Bill," S.B. 5, unfair legislation that blocks average citizens from confronting large companies. The new law allows defendants to move class actions...

Panel Recommends "Black Box" Warning for COX-2 Drugs

FDA Panel Confirms Link Between Heart Problems and COX-2 Arthritis Drugs; Suggests Ban on Direct-to-Consumer Ads WASHINGTON, D.C. -- March 4, 2005 -- Gold medal winner Dorothy Hamill effortlessly skates across the arena on our TV screens as we hear about the marvels of Vioxx®. We imagine that our aches...