• FDA approves home-use auto-injector to treat opioid overdoses

    In April, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first home-use naloxone auto-injector, Evzio (Figure 1), for people who accidentally overdose on an opioid (narcotic). The lifesaving auto-injector allows you or a family member to quickly inject the medicine to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose until emergency medical assistance is available. The medicine can be given to an adult or a child.

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  • Two FDA moves would reduce bleeding risks with Pradaxa

    If you use the new anticoagulant (blood thinner) Pradaxa (dabigatran), take note. Recent publication of two studies suggests that a lower dose and a lab test may limit the drug’s major drawback: high rates of bleeding.

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  • Over-the-Counter Medicines

    Consumer Med Safety Announces the new Over-the-Counter Medicines, Tools and Resources Section

    All the information you need – and plenty of information you didn’t even know you needed - so you and your family use OTC medications with utmost safety.

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