Quick Hits: Limiting Opioid Rxs, Accutane Defense & More

Quick Hits: Transvaginal Mesh Pulled, New Weight Loss Drug & More

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced a bill limiting opioid prescriptions for acute pain to 3 days. Eight senators, led by Rob Portman (R-OH), have proposed the new federal law in order to curb opioid addiction, which has led to dependence on heroin and the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl. The lawmakers are looking to enforce this new rule because the 3-day opioid prescription limit is sufficient for most acute pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Posted February 27, 2018. Via Sen. Rob Portman.

Defense attorneys are looking to blame the acne drug Accutane for the murder of a young woman. Last year, a 15-year-old boy was accused of stabbing a woman to death. Now, the teen’s attorneys are saying that Accutane (isotretinoin), which is an acne treatment that has been linked to unstable behavior, may be the reason behind the teen’s horrendous actions. Posted February 26, 2018. Via The Denver Post.

The FDA is recalling a diet supplement because it contains a drug that is banned. Bella All Natural has voluntarily recalled its diet supplement known as Bella because the product contains sibutramine, which is an appetite suppressant that can increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate, and sometimes causes serious health risks, including heart attack, arrhythmia and stroke. Bella All Natural has informed its distributors and has instructed customers to stop using the dietary supplement immediately. Posted February 27, 2018. Via FDA.


Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty

Alanna McCatty is founder and CEO of McCatty Scholars, an organization that devises and implements financial literacy programs for students to combat the nationwide issue of the loss of educational opportunity due to the ramifications of burdensome student debt. At MedShadow, she reports on new findings and research on the side effects of prescription drugs. She is a graduate of Pace University.


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