Articles Posted January 2013

  • Long-Term Use of Nicotine Gum

    In small doses, like those contained in the gum, nicotine is generally considered safe. But it does have stimulant properties that can raise blood pressure, increase heart rate and constrict blood vessels. One large report from 2010 found that compared to people given a placebo, those who used nicotine replacement therapies had a higher risk of heart […]

  • Allergan agrees to pay $600 million for illegally promoting Botox

    Allergan Inc, a multi-specialty healthcare company, has agreed to pay $600 million to settle federal charges for “illegally promoting and selling” Botox through 2005 for “unapproved uses” like treating headaches.  According to, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved Botox only for use in rare conditions but the company had vigorously promoted it for […]


    Serono, which is based in Geneva, pleaded guilty in a Boston court to criminal conspiracy charges in relation to its Aids treatment drug Serostim. In 1996 the Food and Drug Administration approved Serostim for use in treating Aids wasting, an often-fatal condition involving severe weight loss. Serostim, which contains the human growth hormone Somatropin, came […]

  • Commonly Prescribed Pulmonary Artery Hypertension Medications Could Have Adverse Effects

    The research shows that medications often prescribed for Pulmonary Artery Hypertension could block the function of an important hormone in the heart, decreasing the strength of contraction of the right heart chambers, a potentially important  adverse effect. PAH is a disease that affects the blood vessels of the lungs, causing a progressive narrowing and restriction […]