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Judge halts Massachusetts governor's ban on powerful Zogenix painkiller

After last week expressing her opinion that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick was "out of line" with his move to block controversial superstrength painkiller Zohydro, U.S. District Court Judge Rya Zobel granted maker Zogenix's request for an injunction temporarily halting the ban.

New report finds Bydureon safest of new class of diabetes drugs

With big money to be made, drugmakers have responded to the global rise in Type 2 diabetes with a host of new classes of treatments that work in different ways. And while that is generally a good thing, the full range of adverse effects of all of these new drugs can't be known until they have been on the market for awhile, and some will fare better than others, a new report states.

EU takes up testosterone drug review on cardio worries

The FDA has been reviewing testosterone drugs since January of this year on concerns over their cardiovascular safety. Now, its across-the-pond counterpart is following suit, embarking on its own review following worrisome study data.

Zogenix sues Massachusetts over ban on controversial painkiller Zohydro

In late March, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick banned the newly approved purely hydrocodone pain pill Zohydro--and now the maker of that drug is fighting back. Zogenix filed a lawsuit in a Boston federal court seeking a restraining order against the governor's Zohydro ban.

Critics knock JAMA study linking testosterone drugs to cardio risks

A study the FDA has cited as a reason to investigate the cardiovascular safety of testosterone drugs has come under heavy fire from critics. Physicians and researchers are calling for the November paper's retraction, citing at least two corrections that they say compromise its credibility.

GlaxoSmithKline pulls all U.S. alli supplies, launches product-tampering probe

GlaxoSmithKline is recalling supplies of its OTC weight-loss drug alli in light of reports from U.S. consumers who found the wrong drug when they opened their bottles.

Florida man threatened to poison J&J products unless it forked over cash

GlaxoSmithKline announced today that bottles of its alli over-the-counter weight-loss drug were tampered with, and warned consumers to look out for suspect packages.

GlaxoSmithKline flags product tampering as wrong pills surface in alli packages

Some U.S. consumers found the wrong drug when they opened their packages of alli, the GlaxoSmithKline weight-loss pill, the company said. Glaxo is warning alli users to check their packages carefully and avoid taking any pills that might not be authentic.

Contrary to popular belief, side-effect reports on new meds keep a steady pace, study finds

Side-effect reports to the FDA are a contentious subject. Despite a series of efforts to improve adverse-event reporting, numbers from the agency's database tend to be quoted with an accompanying list of disclaimers. But is the Federal Adverse Event Reporting System more reliable than we think?

Oral drugs derived from snail venom could offer less invasive pain management

Researchers have developed the basis for a new class of oral drugs derived from the venom of the cone snail that they say could be used to treat chronic nerve pain with fewer side effects than morphine.