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Quick Hits: Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis, Homeopathic Med Made With Snake Venom & More

March 21, 2019
Quick Hits: Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis, Homeopathic Med Made With Snake Venom & More

Regular marijuana use may greatly increase risk of developing psychosis and FDA warns company selling homeopathic meds containing snake venom for pain.

FDA Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression

March 20, 2019
FDA Approves First Drug for Postpartum Depression

Because of potential side effects such as loss of consciousness, Zulresso will only be available in facilities where patients are monitored during infusion.

Routine Acid Reflux Drug Use Linked to Kidney Problems

March 19, 2019
Routine Acid Reflux Drug Use Linked to Kidney Problems

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium and Prilosec are again linked to an increased risk of kidney damage.

Experimental Drug Lowers Cholesterol Without Statin Side Effects

March 18, 2019
Experimental Drug Lowers Cholesterol Without Statin Side Effects

Bempedoic acid, however, is likely several years from potential approval since a cardiovascular outcomes trial is still needed.

Quick Hits: Interim FDA Head Named, Inactive Ingredients in Drugs and Allergic Reactions & More

March 14, 2019
Quick Hits: Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis, Homeopathic Med Made With Snake Venom & More

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb’s interim replacement named and inactive ingredients in drugs can cause allergic reactions.

ADHD Meds Don’t Increase Seizure Risk in Those With Epilepsy

March 13, 2019
ADHD Meds Don’t Increase Seizure Risk in Those With Epilepsy

Swedish study finds that taking an ADHD med actually reduces number of seizures compared with periods in which no ADHD drug is taken.

Pharma Company Behind Controversial Drug Facing DOJ Probe

March 12, 2019
Pharma Company Behind Controversial Drug Facing DOJ Probe

DOJ is seeking documents from Acadia Pharmaceuticals about its marketing of the Parkinson’s psychosis drug Nuplazid.

More than 1 Million Medical Device Injury Reports Hidden in FDA Database

March 11, 2019
More than 1 Million Medical Device Injury Reports Hidden in FDA Database

Kaiser Health News investigation finds many serious medical device adverse events hidden in database inaccessible to the public.

Quick Hits: FDA Chief Resigning, Acne Drug Not Linked to Depression & More

March 7, 2019
Quick Hits: Daily Marijuana Use Linked to Psychosis, Homeopathic Med Made With Snake Venom & More

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down and study finds acne drug Accutane not associated with depression or mood disorders.

Depression Drug Related to Ketamine Wins FDA Approval

March 6, 2019
Depression Drug Related to Ketamine Wins FDA Approval

Spravato, a nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression, is the first antidepressant approved with a new mechanism of action in decades.

Large Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

March 5, 2019
Large Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Study looked at more than 650,000 children and also found no link between other vaccines and autism.

Can Factors Predict Psychiatric Effects with Smoking Cessation Drugs?

March 4, 2019
Can Factors Predict Psychiatric Effects with Smoking Cessation Drugs?

Study finds having anxiety and having a history of suicidal ideation can put you at higher risk of experiencing side effects such as hallucinations.