FDA is warning consumers about the risk of serious bleeding when using over-the-counter aspirin-containing antacid products to treat heartburn. The agency also issued a separate warning about loperamide (Imodium, Johnson & Johnson), saying that abuse or misuse of the product can cause serious heart problems that can lead to death.
The first and only fixed-dose combination of a beta blocker beta blocker (BB) and angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB) for hypertension will be available in the US in the second half of the year. FDA approved nebivolol and valsartan (Byvalson, Allergan) 5 mg/80 mg tablets in early June.
FDA recently approved the first 4-strain, cell culture-derived, inactivated seasonal flu vaccine available in the United States. Flucelvax Quadrivalent influenza vaccine (Seqirus) helps protect against the 2 influenza A viruses and two B viruses recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the FDA for the current influenza season.
In a major new entry in the diabetes market, FDA just approved linagliptin and metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets (Jentadueto XR, Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly and Company) to treat type 2 diabetes.
In alarming news for diabetic patients taking canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) medications, FDA is warning that interim safety results from an ongoing clinical trial found an increase in foot and leg amputations with the drugs.