September 5, 2012 in Health

News Summary: Consumer group sues FDA over drug

The Associated Press Associated Press

SAFETY QUESTION: Public Citizen says it’s filed a federal lawsuit to force the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market over potentially fatal side effects.

DANGEROUS DELAY: The consumer group petitioned FDA in spring 2011 to remove from the market the 23-milligram dose of Aricept, saying it’s much riskier than two lower doses. Complications include vomiting, which can result in pneumonia and death.

THE RESPONSES: FDA won’t discuss the lawsuit, but says it’s doing an extensive analysis of the case. Aricept maker Eisai isn’t commenting either.

© Copyright 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Get stories like this in a free daily email

Please keep it civil. Don't post comments that are obscene, defamatory, threatening, off-topic, an infringement of copyright or an invasion of privacy. Read our forum standards and community guidelines.

You must be logged in to post comments. Please log in here or click the comment box below for options.

comments powered by Disqus