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Pfizer recalls all Chantix tablets across US over cancer concerns

Pfizer recalls all Chantix tablets across US over cancer concerns

Pfizer has announced an expansion of its Chantix recall that now covers all lots of the tablets. The reason is one we've heard before -- these tablets potentially have too high of an impurity called N-nitroso-varenicline that has been linked to the potential development of certain cancers when ingested over a long period of time.

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FDA says lidocaine numbing product recalled because it’s too potent

FDA says lidocaine numbing product recalled because it’s too potent

Pharmaceutical company Teligent has recalled some of its topical lidocaine numbing product due to 'super potency,' meaning it is stronger than anticipated. This super potency can, according to the recall notice, result in an issue known as local anesthetic systemic toxicity, which itself comes with multiple potential issues.

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Even Xbox is pushing back against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Even Xbox is pushing back against COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Despite empirical data and trials showing that the various COVID-19 vaccines available are safe and effective, there's still a lot of vaccine misinformation out there. Of course, certain groups have always spread vaccine misinformation, but with the COVID-19 pandemic, we see that amplified on a global scale. The misinformation campaigns have become so widespread that now we're even seeing Xbox - a brand that has nothing to do with medicine or epidemiology - push back against them.

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Johnson & Johnson claims COVID-19 vaccine booster ups antibodies by 9x

Johnson & Johnson claims COVID-19 vaccine booster ups antibodies by 9x

New data was provided today by Johnson & Johnson supporting the use of a vaccine booster shot for COVID-19. This shot is designed to be a follow-up for people that've previously been vaccinated with the original single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The first shot showed neutralizing antibody responses that were "strong and stable" against COVID-19 "through eight months after immunization." This booster should extend that time and increase binding antibody responses.

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Walmart’s ReliOn private brand is bringing cheaper insulin to the US

Walmart’s ReliOn private brand is bringing cheaper insulin to the US

Walmart has announced a cheaper insulin product that'll provide diabetics with more affordable access to the life-saving substance. According to the company, its ReliOn is the first private brand to launch its own analog insulin, which will be available to purchase in vials and as FlexPens. The company anticipates ReliOn insulin saving diabetics hundreds of dollars monthly.

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FDA approves powerful appetite suppressant for obese adults

FDA approves powerful appetite suppressant for obese adults

For the first time since 2014, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a weight management pharmaceutical intended to help overweight and obese adults lose weight. Called Wegovy, the newly approved appetite suppressant is a weekly injection for overweight and obese adults who have at least one other condition related to excessive body weight, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type-2 diabetes.

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Popular thyroid drug recalled because the pills aren’t potent enough

Popular thyroid drug recalled because the pills aren’t potent enough

Acella Pharmaceuticals has announced a recall of its popular thyroid medication because the tablets in the recalled lots may not be as potent as expected. Assuming a patient with hypothyroidism takes sub-potent medication, their TSH levels may increase and their symptoms may return. The recalled tablets were labeled with doses ranging from 15mg to 120mg.

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Popular omega-3 supplements may spike AFib risk in some people

Popular omega-3 supplements may spike AFib risk in some people

Omega-3 supplements, which are available both over-the-counter and in higher strengths as prescription medication, may put certain people at increased risk of a heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (AFib). That's according to new research published by the European Society of Cardiology; it involved an analysis of several existing studies.

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Pfizer may release an at-home COVID-19 treatment before the holidays

Pfizer may release an at-home COVID-19 treatment before the holidays

Before 2021 reaches its end, Pfizer may release a pill that can treat early-stage COVID-19 infections at home, according to the company's CEO. The drug will be designed to inhibit the enzyme SARS-CoV-2 needs to infiltrate human cells, though its eventual potential distribution in the US will depend on clinical trials and the FDA.

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Study finds your favorite ‘pure’ CBD products may have a lot of THC

Study finds your favorite ‘pure’ CBD products may have a lot of THC

Demand for medicinal cannabis products, including THC, CBD, and a mixture of both, has grown sharply as more states legalize certain uses of the substances. A number of users choose THC-free CBD products due to a number of factors, including avoiding the psychoactive 'high' or due to employer restrictions. Those products may not be what they seem, however, with a new study finding many contain THC.

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Spironolactone recalled after mix-up puts wrong doses in dozens of bottles

Spironolactone recalled after mix-up puts wrong doses in dozens of bottles

Spironolactone, a drug used to treat various health matters, has been recalled after the manufacturer behind the product discovered mislabeling that puts patients at risk of getting the wrong dose. Nearly four dozen bottles of the medication have been recalled, according to a notice recently published by the FDA.

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My COVID-19 vaccine experience was low-tech, and that’s a good thing

My COVID-19 vaccine experience was low-tech, and that’s a good thing

I went to get my first of two COVID-19 vaccine shots this week, and I was surprised at how low-tech the whole situation ended up being. Any other time I've needed and received a shot of any sort in the past, it's been inside a doctor's office, so I wasn't sure what to expect, heading in to a decommissioned Shopko location utilized by local medical officials for this COVID-19 vaccination event.

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