California Senate Passes Bill Banning Drug Company Gifts to Doctors

On May 18, the California Senate passed a bill that would ban pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts to doctors. The Senate voted 23-13 in favor of sending the bill to the Assembly. [1] For the bill, SB 790, California lawmakers used a similar 2009 Vermont law enacted in 2009 as a template. If the bill […]

Study: Safety Issues Plagued 1/3 of FDA-Approved Drugs from 2001-2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with making sure that drugs and medical devices are safe and efficient for Americans to use. However, it appears that the agency doesn’t take its job seriously enough, because a new study shows that nearly 1/3 of medications approved from 2001 to 2010 had safety issues […]

FDA: Invokana Diabetes Drug Increases Risk of Foot and Leg Amputations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirms the popular Johnson & Johnson (J&J) diabetes drug Invokana (Invokamet, Invokamet XR) increases the risk of foot and leg amputations in people with Type 2 diabetes. [1] The results of 2 clinical trials showed leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients taking Invokana […]