Posts Tagged 'Pfizer'

New Warnings May be Coming to Arthritis Drugs

fatalities and illness spur arthritis drug recallPatients taking drugs manufactured by Pfizer, Eli Lilly & Co., and AbbVie for arthritis may find new warnings attached to those medications. The FDA is seeking additional language warning of serious side effects and possible fatalities associated with the drugs.

The medications are part of a class of arthritis drugs known as JAK inhibitors. They work by blocking enzymes in the body known to cause arthritic inflammation while ...

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Chantix Recalled over Carcinogen Contamination

pfizer recalls chantixPatients taking Chantix to help them quit smoking may find the drug a bit harder to locate as multiple lots have been recalled for possible contamination with, of all things, a probable human carcinogen.

Nine lots of varenicline (the drug name for Chantix) have been recalled by Pfizer. Most of the affected lots were still in warehouses and awaiting distribution, however, the company has halted further releases of the medication into U.S. ...

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Xeljanz Gets Black Box Warning

fda issues black box warning for Pfizer's XeljanzCiting data gathered from an ongoing clinical trial, the United States Food and Drug Administration has issued a black box warning for Pfizer’s rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis medication Xeljanz. The warning, the agency’s most severe, also applies to the extended release version of the drug, Xeljanz XR.

The warnings stem from the discovery of an increased risk of blood clots and the death of the ...

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Pfizer Reviewing FDA Request for Zoloft Label Change

fda requests pfizer update safety labels for zoloftPharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. is reviewing a suggestion from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to modify safety warnings on labels of the popular antidepressant Zoloft. According to Bloomberg, court papers filed earlier this month reveal that the FDA asked Pfizer in August to update Zoloft’s warnings to reflect findings by some researchers that the drug may increase the risk of congenital heart defects in babies ...

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Hospira Acquisition May Add to Pfizer’s Litigation Costs

hospira bills may hit pfizer's bottom lineNasdaq reports that Pfizer has completed its acquisition of Illinois-based medical device company Hospira. Based on recent device recalls, the Hospira acquisition may result in additional lawsuits for Pfizer, which is already defending a number of its own cases involving Lipitor and Zoloft.

The past six months have seen a slew of recalls and warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning Hospira products ...

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The Current State of Lipitor Lawsuits

lipitor lawsuit mdl at over a thousand plaintiffsWhat began as 56 federal actions against the maker of the world’s best selling drug has grown into a thousand-member multidistrict litigation. And with the first trial just months away, Lipitor lawsuits continue to pile up. So just what did Pfizer do to draw the legal fire of thousands of former Lipitor users? Several allegations have been leveled at the New York–based pharmaceutical giant, ranging from overly aggressive and ...

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