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FDA Warns of Potential Contamination in Multiple Brands of Drugs, Dietary Supplements

Posted 13 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

August 11, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers and health care professionals not to use any liquid drug or dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC of Davie, Florida, and labeled by Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands, due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) and the risk for severe patient infection. The drug and dietary supplement products made by PharmaTech include liquid docusate sodium drugs (stool softeners), as well as various dietary supplements including liquid vitamin D drops and liquid multivitamins marketed for infants and children. “B. cepacia poses a serious threat to vulnerable patients, including infants and young children who still have developing immune systems,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “These products were distributed nationwide to ret ... Read more

Related support groups: Vitamins, Multivitamin, Dietary Supplementation, Multivitamin With Minerals, Ferrous Sulfate, Metanx, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Centrum Multivitamins, Multivitamin With Iron, D3, Central, Senokot, Senna, Colace, Docusate, Geritol, DOS, Cholecalciferol, Cerefolin

Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – High-dose iron pills don't improve the exercise capacity of iron-deficient patients with a certain type of heart failure, a new study finds. Iron deficiency affects about half of heart failure patients with what's called reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF). This refers to how well the heart's left ventricle pumps with each contraction. This iron shortage is associated with reduced physical functioning, poorer quality of life, and increased risk of death. The new study included 225 such patients who received either high-dose iron pills (150 milligrams) or a placebo, twice daily for 16 weeks. Exercise capacity was assessed by how far patients could walk in six minutes. After four months, those who took the iron pills did not have higher peak oxygen uptake or greater exercise capacity than those who took the placebo, according to the study. The study ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Failure, Congestive Heart Failure, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Left Ventricular Dysfunction, Lydia E. Pinkham, Vitelle Irospan, Iron Sulfate, Ferrousal, Ascorbic Acid/Ferrous Sulfate, Fero-Grad-500, Docusate/iron/multivitamin, Ferrous Sulfate/Folic Acid, Slow Fe with Folic Acid, Fer-Iron, Left Ventriculography, Feosol Original

FDA Medwatch Alert: Liquid Drug and Dietary Supplement Products by PharmaTech: Recall - Risk of Product Contamination

Posted 10 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: PharmaTech, LLC is voluntarily recalling all liquid products due to a potential risk of product contamination with Burkholderia cepacia. See the press release for a complete listing of affected products. Drug products include: Aller-chlor Antihistamine Diocto Syrup Docusate Sodium Ninjacof Ninjacof A Senexion Liquid Senna Syrup Sennazon Syrup Virtrate-2 Virtrate-K Dietary supplement products include: Calcionate Syrup Cerovite Liquid CertaVite with Antioxidants CytoDetox D3 Vitamin Liquid D-Vita Drops Fer-iron Liquid Ferrous Drops Ferrous Sulfate Liquid Liquid Vitamin C Pedia D-Vite Drops Pedia Poly-Vite Drops Pedia Tri-Vite Drops Poly-Vita Drops Poly-Vita Drops with Iron Polyvitamin liquid Polyvitamin liquid with Iron Renew HC Tri-Vita Drops Tri-Vitamin liquid   If a product contains B. cepacia, its use could result in infections in patients with compromised immune systems and in ... Read more

Related support groups: Dietary Supplementation, Diocto, Poly-Vita Drops, D-Vita Drops, Tri-Vita Drops, Fer-Iron, Aller-Chlor, Ninjacof, Cerovite Liquid, Senexon, Tri-Vitamin, Ninjacof-A, Calcionate

Iron Supplements May Help Blood Donors Recover More Quickly

Posted 10 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – Low-dose iron supplements speed blood donors' recovery of iron and hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells, new research shows. "This study highlights the importance of maintaining iron levels after blood donation, and shows that supplemental iron effectively restores hemoglobin, even in donors with higher iron levels," according to principal investigator Dr. Joseph Kiss, medical director of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. The study included 215 adult blood donors at four blood donation centers in the United States. Blood donors are allowed to give one pint of blood every eight weeks, but about 25 percent to 35 percent of donors develop iron deficiency. This can lead to fatigue and anemia, and make people temporarily ineligible to donate blood, the study authors pointed out in a news ... Read more

Related support groups: Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Multivitamin With Iron, Blood Transfusion, Ferrous Fumarate, Geritol, Ferrous Gluconate, Elemental Iron, Icaps, Anemia Associated with Iron Deficiency, Chromagen, Chromagen Forte, Multigen, Repliva 21/7, Iberet, Carbonyl Iron, TriHEMIC 600, Ferralet, EnLyte, Integra Plus

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