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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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Pfizer and Moderna focus on COVID-19 variant booster shots

Pfizer and Moderna focus on COVID-19 variant booster shots

Moderna and Pfizer are both testing COVID-19 booster shots intended to address coronavirus variants of concern, the companies announced in separate press releases this week. Such third shots aren't yet available and, at this point in time, aren't needed; however, the presence of certain SARS-CoV-2 variants have the companies preparing as the pandemic evolves.

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California bill seeks to legalize many popular psychedelics

California bill seeks to legalize many popular psychedelics

Despite laws against these substances, psychedelics have resurged in popularity, with anecdotal reports claiming everything from increased productivity and creativity to migraine remission, depression relief, and an increased sense of wellbeing. Amid this popularity, California has introduced one of the most ambitious bills related to these drugs.

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Johnson & Johnson asks FDA for single-shot COVID-19 vaccine EUA

Johnson & Johnson asks FDA for single-shot COVID-19 vaccine EUA

Johnson & Johnson has applied for a COVID-19 Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA, the company announced on Thursday, February 4. The application pertains to J&J's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine candidate, a single-shot product that is ready to be shipped to distributors 'immediately following authorization,' Johnson & Johnson said.

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Injectable extended-release HIV regimen gets milestone FDA approval

Injectable extended-release HIV regimen gets milestone FDA approval

The FDA has announced its approval of the first injectable extended-release regimen for adults who have HIV-1 infections. For patients who meet the criteria for the regimen, Cabenuva can reduce the number of dosing days to only 12 per year, according to ViiV Healthcare, which says the regimen can replace antiretroviral regimens in eligible adults.

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Apple Wallet can store COVID-19 vaccination proof in LA

Apple Wallet can store COVID-19 vaccination proof in LA

As we approach the end of the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, the narrative has shifted towards the numerous vaccines that are slowly becoming available. Several countries around the world as well as cities in the US have started injecting the population in the hopes of finally getting a hold of the spread of the coronavirus. With vaccinations, however, also comes the need to distinguish those who have taken it and those who haven't, and Los Angeles county might have some high-tech help on that front.

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FDA warns two drugs recalled because the pills were mixed up

FDA warns two drugs recalled because the pills were mixed up

The FDA is highlighting a new voluntary recall from AvKARE over a pill mixup that may result in some patients taking the wrong medication. The recall covers one lot of Trazodone, a prescription used to treat major depressive disorder, and Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. Taking the wrong medication may be dangerous for some people.

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