April 02, 2013
FDA News Alert: OTC Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) Labels May Change
March 14, 2013
FDA News Alert: Know the Active Ingredients in Your Children’s Medicines
March 07, 2013
FDA News Alert: What Consumers Should Know About Triclosan
February 12, 2013
FDA News Alert: People Seek Information about Hemorrhoids
January 24, 2013
The FDA’s latest Consumer Update reminds us to never take more than one medicine containing acetaminophen at a time.
November 27, 2012
Researchers have updated a list of medicines that may have negative interactions with grapefruit, if taken together.
October 25, 2012
The FDA has issued a warning to safely store over-the-counter eye drops and nasal decongestant sprays out of the reach of children. You can visit the Up and Away site for more tips on keeping medicines out of sight of small children. If your child accidentally swallows these medicines, call the National Capital Poison Center (1-800-222-1222) and seek emergency medical attention immediately.
September 13, 2012
The FDA has released a new warning stating that some consumers have reported serious skin injuries from using certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical pain relievers containing menthol, methyl salicylate, and capsaicin to relieve mild muscle and joint pain. Although rare, these injuries have ranged from mild to severe chemical burns. The FDA has posted guidelines for patients to avoid these injuries, as well as information on reporting any unexpected side effects from topical pain relievers to the FDA MedWatch Program.
May 31, 2012
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a communication regarding a rare adverse effect in professional and OTC products containing benzocaine. OTC gel and liquid medications containing benzocaine provide relief for children and adults who experience mouth pain. While FDA’s announcement notes very rare but serious instances of methemoglobinemia, a condition in which the amount of oxygen carried through the blood stream is reduced, associated with these benzocaine medications, these products are safe when used as directed for the large majority of consumers.
Due to these rare instances, FDA has recommended that the products not be used in children under two years of age except under the advice of a healthcare professional.
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