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September 2006 Archives

Excess Estrogen Linked to Heart Attacks and Strokes

Ortho Evra® Birth Control Patch Increases Blood Clot Risk, New Package Insert Says WASHINGTON, DC -- September 29, 2006 -- Women who use the birth control patch (Ortho Evra®) instead of the pill may increase their risk of developing serious blood clots, according to the revised package insert required by...

Newly-Approved Medicines Are Not Necessarily Safe

Study Criticizes FDA's Post-Approval Monitoring of Medicines WASHINGTON, DC -- September 29, 2006 -- Medicines that are approved for sale by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not necessarily safe and effective, according to a new study by a committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM). "It is a...

"Light" Cigarettes May Still Contain High Nicotine Levels

Behind the Smoke Screen: How Tobacco Companies Increased Nicotine Levels BOSTON, MA -- September 15, 2006 -- Contrary to what the tobacco companies would have you believe, the amount of nicotine that can be inhaled from cigarettes has been increasing. This information comes to us from the Massachusetts Department of...

Police Abuse, Excessive Force and Hobbles

County Liable for $1 Million for Sheriffs' Use of "Hobble" Restraints During Arrest SAN RAFAEL, CA -- September 15, 2006 -- Marin County has settled a wrongful death lawsuit by paying almost $1 million to the family of a man who died two days after he was arrested. The settlement...

Celebrex® is Related to Vioxx®, Which Was Recalled

Celebrex® Heart Attack Risks Outweigh Drug's Potential for Preventing Colon Cancer BOSTON, MA -- September 8, 2006 -- Although the arthritis drug Celebrex® (celecoxib) may prevent the occurrence of colon polyps, the drug increases the risk of heart attacks, according to two studies. Colon polyps or adenomas are noncancerous growths...