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European and U.S. scientists warn veterinary meds are endangering wildlife

The veterinary nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac was banned in several South Asian countries after the product was linked to mass deaths of vultures there. But diclofenac was recently approved in Spain and Italy--sparking an outcry from an international team of veterinarians, conservationists, and biologists, who argue that the drug will put Europe's vultures at risk of extinction.

Long-term painkiller use on the rise, with more patients taking dangerous combos

A new study shows that patients who are prescribed opioids continue to use them over a long period of time, indicating potential abuse and adding fuel to the fire as lawmakers and industry groups continue to crack down on companies producing the drugs.

FDA notches a win after Tennessee compounder pleads guilty

The FDA closed another chapter in regulating errant compounders when the co-owner of Main Street Family Pharmacy, a Tennessee-based compounding pharmacy, pleaded guilty in federal court to a misdemeanor criminal violation related to a contaminated steroid that caused 26 people to become ill.

Bayer and J&J push back against consolidation of Xarelto suits

Bayer and Johnson & Johnson are fighting a consolidation of lawsuits over their top-selling anticoagulant Xarelto, months after patients filed suit in the U.S. accusing the companies of downplaying the drug's risks.

Plan filed to set aside $135M for NECC fungal meningitis victims

A new plan has been filed to establish a fund of at least $135 million in compensation for victims and families affected by a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people, sickened hundreds and led to Congress granting the FDA new powers to regulate compounding pharmacies.

EMA clears Novartis' Fluad in deaths in Italy

Novartis' Fluad influenza vaccine has been declared safe by another regulator, this time the European Medicines Agency, after being called into question following the deaths of patients in Italy who had been given the jab.

UPDATED: Novartis flu vaccine under the lens as Italy probes 13 deaths

Italy's drug regulator has a growing investigation on its hands, and Novartis is in the middle of it. The number of people who have died in the country after receiving one of the Swiss pharma giant's flu vaccines has risen by 10 just days after Italy issued a partial ban on the product.

FDA adds PML death scenario to Tecfidera label

When Biogen Idec reported last month that a patient taking its hot multiple sclerosis pill Tecfidera had developed a rare brain infection and died, the drugmaker said it believed the safety profile of the drug remained solid. Perhaps so, but the FDA has decided the death was important enough to add a description of it on Tecfidera labels.

Baxter labeling issue could leave patients short on potassium chloride

For the second time in four months, Baxter International finds itself recalling highly concentrated potassium chloride. This time it's a labeling problem, one that the company says has the potential to be life-threatening.

Survey raises the question: Do patients really know how to use drug delivery devices?

Patients are overconfident in their ability to operate drug delivery medical devices and may not realize that they are using them incorrectly, a comprehensive survey by the U.K.'s Team Consulting shows.