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FDA Medwatch Alert: Fluoroquinolone Antibacterial Drugs for Systemic Use: Drug Safety Communication - Warnings Updated Due to Disabling Side Effects

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ISSUE: FDA approved changes to the labels of fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs for systemic use (i.e., taken by mouth or by injection). Includes the following currently available fluoroquinolones: Avelox (moxifloxacin) Cipro (ciprofloxacin) Cipro extended-release (ciprofloxacin extended-release) Factive (gemifloxacin) Levaquin (levofloxacin) Ofloxacin (generic brand) These medicines are associated with disabling and potentially permanent side effects of the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system that can occur together in the same patient. As a result, FDA revised the Boxed Warning, FDA’s strongest warning, to address these serious safety issues. In addition, FDA updated other parts of the drug label including the Warnings and Precautions and Medication Guide sections. FDA has determined that fluoroquinolones should be reserved for use in patients who have no o ... Read more

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FDA Updates Warnings for Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

Posted 3 days ago by

July 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, to enhance warnings about their association with disabling and potentially permanent side effects and to limit their use in patients with less serious bacterial infections. “Fluoroquinolones have risks and benefits that should be considered very carefully,” said Edward Cox, M.D., director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “It’s important that both health care providers and patients are aware of both the risks and benefits of fluoroquinolones and make an informed decision about their use.” Fluoroquinolones are antibiotics that kill or stop the growth of bacteria. While these drugs are effective in treating serious bacterial infections, an FDA safety review found that both oral and inj ... Read more

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FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics

Posted 3 days ago by

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can lead to disabling side effects, including long-term nerve damage and ruptured tendons. The agency also cautioned that these bacteria-fighting drugs – including levofloxacin (Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro) – shouldn't be prescribed for sinusitis, chronic bronchitis or simple urinary tract infections unless no other treatments options exist. "Fluoroquinolones have risks and benefits that should be considered very carefully," Dr. Edward Cox said in an FDA news release. He's director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "It's important that both health care providers and patients are aware of both the risks and benefits of ... Read more

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Neti Pot Beats Steam for Sinus Congestion Relief

Posted 11 days ago by

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Inhaling steam probably won't open your chronically clogged sinuses. But nasal irrigation may bring some relief, a new study finds. "People with chronic and recurrent sinusitis have poor quality of life, similar to having a major chronic disease," said lead study author Dr. Paul Little, professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton in England. "It is very nice to be able to provide something really simple that empowers people to manage this problem, helps them with their symptoms, reduces the need to take over-the-counter medications, and makes them less likely to want to see the doctor in future attacks," he said. More than 29 million American adults were diagnosed with sinusitis in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal cavities often caused by a virus, allergy, ... Read more

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Clean Pools Can Still Pose Health Hazards

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by

THURSDAY, June 2, 2016 – Nothing seems better on a hot day than hopping into a cool swimming pool. But, new research might prompt you to shower first and make sure your kids don't pee in the water. Researchers from the University of South Carolina report that the disinfectants used to keep pools clean can create dangerous disinfection byproducts (DBPs) when combined with sweat, personal care products and urine. Some of these byproducts have caused genetic damage to cells in laboratory tests, while other reports have found higher rates of bladder cancer and respiratory issues in people who are around pools regularly, the researchers said. And though the study findings held true for public pools, private pools and hot tubs, the researchers flagged indoor pools and hot tubs as a top concern, too. "I never had my kids on a swim team in an indoor pool, swimming every day. I would make that ... Read more

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Your Ability to 'Smell' the Taste of Foods Can Lessen With Age

Posted 15 May 2016 by

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Your ability to "smell" the foods you taste weakens as you age, new research suggests. Along with your nose, you can detect aromas through your mouth when you chew your food, which releases certain types of molecules, researchers explained. The study included 102 healthy nonsmokers, aged 18 to 72, who ate various foods and were asked to rate how intensely they detected two tastes (sweet and salty) and four odors (strawberry, vanilla, chicken and soy sauce). The volunteers tended to be better at tasting sweet and salty rather than detecting the odors. Only 3 percent of the participants had difficulty tasting at least traces of sweet or salty, but up to 23 percent had trouble detecting some of the odors. This suggests that there's little difference in how people experience the same taste. But, there could be significant variation in how intensely they experience an ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Fluoroquinolone Antibacterial Drugs: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Advises Restricting Use for Certain Uncomplicated Infections

Posted 13 May 2016 by

ISSUE: FDA is advising that the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with sinusitis, bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolones should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options. An FDA safety review has shown that fluoroquinolones when used systemically (i.e. tablets, capsules, and injectable) are associated with disabling and potentially permanent serious side effects that can occur together. These side effects can involve the tendons, muscles, joints, nerves, and central nervous system. As a result, FDA is requiring the drug labels and Medication Guides for all fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs to be updated to reflect this new safety information. FDA is continuing to investigate ... Read more

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4 Ways You Can Cut Smog in Your Town

Posted 4 May 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – Those hazy days of summer may mean high smog levels for some northeastern U.S. states, but you can help reduce air pollution where you live, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. Smog is a combination of ground-level ozone and fine particle air pollution. "Air pollution is a significant public health issue in New England," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of the EPA's New England office. "New Englanders need to pay close attention to air-quality alerts and limit strenuous outdoor activity on air-quality alert days. In addition, we can all take individual actions to reduce the air pollution that contributes to this public health risk," he said in an agency news release. As part of Air Quality Awareness Week May 2-6, the EPA outlined four steps you can take to reduce air pollution, including: Use public transit or walk whenever possible. Set ... Read more

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Too Many People Still Take Unneeded Antibiotics: Study

Posted 3 May 2016 by

TUESDAY, May 3, 2016 – Nearly one-third of the antibiotics prescribed in the United States aren't appropriate for the conditions being treated, a new federal government study shows. "We were able to conclude that at least 30 percent of the antibiotics that are given in doctors' offices, emergency departments and hospital-based clinics are unnecessary, meaning that no antibiotics were needed at all," said lead researcher Dr. Katherine Fleming-Dutra. Such misuse has helped fuel the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which infect 2 million Americans and kill 23,000 every year, said Fleming-Dutra, a pediatrician and epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Antibiotics are most misused in the treatment of short-term respiratory conditions, such as colds, bronchitis, sore throats, and sinus and ear infections, the researchers reported. "About half of ... Read more

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Climate Change May Mean More Smoggy Days to Come: Study

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by

THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 – Climate change could cause many major American cities to experience more days with heavy ozone pollution in the coming decades, a new study predicts. If emission rates continue unchecked, regions within the United States could experience between three and nine additional days of unhealthy ozone levels between May and September by 2050, the study authors said. The researchers are concerned that climate change could undo the progress made under the Clean Air Act to rid U.S. skies of air pollution. "We found, in fact, that climate change could be a monkey wrench in our plans," said study co-author Loretta Mickley. She is a senior research fellow at Harvard's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Cambridge, Mass. "The number of bad ozone days per summer could double – could increase by as much as a week – by the 2050s," she said. California, the ... Read more

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Doctors Issue Call to Combat Climate Change

Posted 18 Apr 2016 by

MONDAY, April 18, 2016 – Climate change is already harming people's health by promoting illnesses linked to warmer temperatures and changing weather patterns, a leading group of U.S. doctors says in a new position paper. As a result, the American College of Physicians (ACP) is calling for "aggressive, concerted" action to fight climate change by curbing man-made greenhouse gas emissions. Respiratory illnesses, heat stroke and infectious diseases like Zika virus, dengue fever and cholera are flourishing as global temperatures rise, said Dr. Wayne Riley, president of the college. "Our climate is already changing and people are already being harmed. If we don't begin to address climate change, we're going to see more and more manifestations of these health problems," Riley said. "There is clear, compelling scientific consensus that climate change is real," he added. "There is no dispute." ... Read more

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New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – An experimental drug for the treatment of nasal polyps has shown promise in a small, preliminary trial involving a group of patients struggling with chronic sinusitis. Dupilumab, which is injected, is aimed at helping those patients who do not respond well to current first-line treatments, such as corticosteroids. "The more severe patients are the target of the new treatment option," explained study author Dr. Claus Bachert, head of the Upper Airway Research Laboratory at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. "A new treatment is needed because the currently available treatments – nasal and oral glucocorticosteroids and surgery of the sinuses – are often insufficient to control the disease and may have side effects," he added. Bachert and his colleagues published their findings in the Feb. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Controlling Chronic Sinusitis

Posted 25 Dec 2015 by

-- If you have chronic sinus inflammation, a bacterial infection probably isn't the cause. So there's no need for an antibiotic, which only treats a bacterial infection. To help tame chronic sinusitis, the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology advises: Steer clear of any activities that tend to worsen symptoms. Avoid any known allergy triggers, such as prolonged exposure to trees or ragweed. Consider managing allergies with allergy shots or medication. Talk to your doctor about a nasal spray that may help calm symptoms. Read more

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Health Tip: Who Gets Pneumonia?

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by

-- Anyone can get pneumonia, but your age and general health are risk factors for the dangerous infection. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute says other risk factors include: Being a child under age 2. The immune systems of young children are still developing. Being an adult over age 65. Having asthma, bronchitis or COPD. Having cystic fibrosis. Having a weakened immune system. Having sickle cell anemia, diabetes or heart failure. Having trouble coughing, following a stroke. Being in a hospital's intensive care unit, especially if on a ventilator. Having had the flu recently. Smoking or alcohol abuse. Read more

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Drugs May Be as Good as Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – If you struggle with chronic sinus infections and think surgery is the only way to end your misery, new research suggests that's not always the case. Sticking with treatments that can include nasal sprays, antibiotics and antihistamines may be as effective as surgery in helping some patients achieve a better quality of life, the small study found. Among 38 patients with chronic sinus infections who continued with medical therapy rather than have surgery, the annual cost of lost productivity dropped from more than $3,400 to about $2,700 over almost 13 months of treatment. Moreover, absenteeism was reduced from five days to two days and going to work sick was cut from 17 days to 15 days, the researchers reported. "Patients who have relatively minimally reduced productivity at work and minimally reduced quality of life from their underlying chronic sinusitis can ... Read more

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