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191,000 Bottles Of Lipitor Recalled Because Of Musty Odor

Though Pfizer apparently initiated a recall of its popular cholesterol fighting drug Lipitor (aka Atorvastatin) in August, it only came to the public attention this week. Regardless, a total of 191,000 90-pill bottles of the drug have been recalled from pharmacies in the U.S. and Canada.

In its listing on the FDA website, it describes the reason for the recall as "Chemical Contamination: complaints of an uncharacteristic odor identified as 2, 4, 6 tribromoanisole."

2, 4, 6-tribromoanisole was also one of the culprits in this summer's recall of Tylenol products. It is a chemical that is produced when fungi break down a commonly used fungicide called 2,4,6-tribromophenol. In the Tylenol situation, it is believed that the contamination happened after the fungicide was used to treat wooden warehouse pallets.

But a rep for Pfizer says in a statement to CNN that the company "has been working closely with the bottle supplier to determine the cause of the odor problem and to rapidly address it."

The company also says that its own "medical risk assessment based on all the information we have has determined that the odor issue is not likely to cause adverse health consequences for patients."

Pfizer recalled 191,000 bottles of Lipitor for odor [CNN]

Posted by NB on Friday, October 08, 2010 @ 14:14:55 UTC (2553 reads)
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Is Coconut Water Really Better Than Gatorade?

Coconut water is well, watery, and high in the electrolyte potassium. Recently, some marketing genius realized that it was basically a natural "sports drink." But is it really better?

Mother Jones looked into the issue and found that, while coconut water isn't exactly the same as a sports drink, it's pretty good for a mild to moderate workout.

But according to Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at UC-Davis, coconut water isn't ideal for prolonged bouts of physical activity. That's because of its particular blend of electrolytes. Unlike sports drinks, which generally contain a lot of sodium and a little potassium, coconut water is the opposite: heavy on potassium, light on sodium. "Even though the belief is that when you exercise you need a lot of potassium, sodium is more important," says Applegate. "When you sweat, you lose a lot more sodium than potassium." (Zico's new Natural Bottle product has a little more sodium, but unlike most coconut waters, it's made from concentrate.) Applegate says she has never seen any convincing scientific evidence to support anti-aging and kidney health claims. Still, she doesn't dismiss coconut water entirely. "If you like the taste, great," she says. "If you're doing a short workout, great."

Mother Jones also says that coconut water isn't horrible for the environment, because coconut trees require little fertilizer or pesticides and prevent soil erosion.

Just don't confuse it with coconut milk, which is made from the white part of the coconut. Coconut water is a clear liquid found inside young coconuts.

Is Coconut Water Really Better Than Sports Drinks? [MotherJones]

Posted by NB on Wednesday, August 04, 2010 @ 16:22:53 UTC (1850 reads)
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Consumers Are Ditching White Bread For Wheat Bread

Rejoice Michael Pollan, it's finally happening: wheat bread is almost more popular than white bread. Consumers are increasingly skipping past the Wonderbread for healthier-looking fare that either has "natural" in the name or whole grains visible through the packaging.

It's part of a major turning of the tide. Packaged wheat bread recently surpassed white bread in dollar sales, according to Nielsen Co. For the 52 weeks ended July 10, wheat bread sales increased 0.6 percent to $2.6 billion, while white bread sales declined 7 percent to $2.5 billion. White bread is still ahead in volume, but the margin is shrinking. Americans bought 1.5 billion packages of white bread in the last year, a 3 percent decrease, and 1.3 billion packages of wheat bread, a 5 percent increase.

We find it tough to believe. Back in our day, white bread was what you ate to fight communists. Peanut butter and jelly on wheat bread? Please. Now, consumers care about what is cheap and what is healthy. How about you? Are you ditching white for wheat?

Grains make gains: Wheat surpasses white in sliced bread sales[Chicago Tribune]

Posted by NB on Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 11:30:10 UTC (1925 reads)
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Lawsuit Asks FDA To Regulate Sperm-Damaging Antimicrobial Soap Chemicals

Thirty years ago, the FDA considered regulating two toxic chemicals that can damage reproductive organs, sperm quality, and hormone production. Rather than do something, the agency instead did nothing. Last week, the National Resources Defense Council sued the agency, asking them to finally finish the job and regulate the chemicals triclosan and triclocarban.

Plaintiffs contend that the FDA violated federal law in its delay over establishing safe conditions of use. More than 30 years ago, the agency first proposed to regulate such products for over-the-counter use, but they remain on the market and are unregulated, the group said.

In 1978, according to the lawsuit, the FDA proposed to ban from interstate commerce both triclosan and triclocarban either six months or two years after publication of its final study, but no action was taken until 1994, when some ingredients were reclassified.

The FDA announced back in April that they would review the chemicals, but that was a promise to Congress, which is about as enforceable as a promise from a Congressman. The suit instead seeks a court order that would force the FDA to finish the work by a specified deadline. In the meantime, the FDA claims that it's "working diligently" to finish the regulations and maintains that there is no evidence that the chemicals are harmful.


Health group sues FDA over antimicrobial soap [Reuters]

Posted by NB on Monday, August 02, 2010 @ 11:27:55 UTC (1765 reads)
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Do You Really Want To Know What Your Doctor Is Writing About You?

New research is looking to answer this question by studying what happens when patients have access to their doctor's notes.

The WSJ says:

A study currently under way, called the OpenNotes project, is looking at what happens when doctors' notes become available for a patient to read, usually on electronic medical records. In a report on the early stages of the study, published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers say that inviting patients to review the records can improve patient understanding of their health and get them to stick to their treatment regimens more closely.


But researchers also point to possible downsides: Patients may panic if their doctor speculates in writing about cancer or heart disease, leading to a flood of follow-up calls and emails. And doctors say they worry that some medical terms can be taken the wrong way by patients. For instance, the phrase "the patient appears SOB" refers to shortness of breath, not a derogatory designation. And OD is short for oculus dexter, or right eye, not for overdose.

The WSJ says you already have a legal right to see your entire medical record, including notes, unless you are a psychiatric patient and your doctor doesn't feel that it would be in your best interest.


The article also includes a glossery of terms that you might find on your doctor's notes. We were relieved to find out that "nerd" is "No evidence of recurrent disease."

What the Doctor Is Really Thinking [WSJ]

Posted by NB on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 @ 02:52:57 UTC (1887 reads)
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