Medical Alerts in neurology

Medical Alerts

Jun 02, 2016
Zecuity (sumatriptan) migraine patch
FDA is investigating the risk of serious burns and potential permanent scarring with the use of Zecuity (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system) patch for migraine headaches.
May 10, 2016
Olanzapine: rare but serious skin reactions
FDA is warning that the antipsychotic medicine olanzapine can cause a rare but serious skin reaction (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms – DRESS), that can progress to affect other parts of the body.
May 03, 2016
Aripiprazole and impulse-control problems
FDA is warning that compulsive or uncontrollable urges to gamble, binge eat, shop, and have sex have been reported with the use of the antipsychotic drug aripiprazole.
Mar 23, 2016
Bentonite clay – risk of lead poisoning
FDA is warning consumers not to use “Bentonite Me Baby” by Alikay Naturals because of a potential lead poisoning risk. FDA laboratory analysis of the product found elevated lead levels.
Feb 29, 2016
Skull clamp device slippage
The FDA has received more than 1000 reports associated with slippage or movement of a skull clamp before and/or during surgical procedures, resulting in more than 700 injuries in the last 7 years.
Feb 25, 2016
New Zika virus CDC health advisory
As Zika virus infection continues to spread rapidly, there are increasing fears that Guillan-Barre syndrome might be another neurologic complication of Zika, in addition to microcephaly, which brought Zika to the attention of neurologists. The latest CDC advisory focuses on sexual transmission of Zika and updates other relevant information.
Feb 19, 2016
FDA approves Briviact to treat partial onset seizures
The FDA approved Briviact (brivaracetam) as an add-on treatment to treat partial onset seizures in patients age 16 years and older with epilepsy.
Jan 28, 2016
Microcephaly, feared complication of Zika virus
Women exposed to Zika virus are at risk to giving birth to infants with microcephaly. The US CDC has issued travel advisories warning pregnant women about travel to two dozen South American countries and territories.
Jan 05, 2016
Acute flaccid myelitis
A condition, now referred to as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), was first reported by California neurologists in 2012. The clinical picture of AFM patients is similar to that of poliomyelitis, but they are not infected with poliovirus. The specific cause(s) of this syndrome is still under investigation. To better characterize these cases and identify potential cause(s), the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are currently conducting enhanced surveillance.
Dec 10, 2015
Baclofen API: potential contamination
Certain lots of baclofen API from China may be at risk for contamination with particulates and should not be used to compound sterile injectable drugs.
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