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    1. FDA Warns Lamictal Can Cause Meningitis

      The FDA warned today that the prescription drug Lamictal, which is used to treat seizures and bipolar disorder, can cause aseptic meningitis.

    2. FDA: Evamist Exposure Risky for Children

      Doctors should advise women who use Evamist spray to prevent children from coming into contact with their medicated skin to avoid possible adverse events such as premature puberty for girls and enlarged breasts for boys, according to the FDA.

    3. Unapproved Qualaquin Use Is Risky

      The FDA has issued a new warning about the use of the malaria drug Qualaquin (quinine sulfate) to prevent or treat nighttime leg cramps, stating that it can cause serious side effects.

    4. PediaCare Children's Drugs Recalled

      Four more child medicines, sold under the PediaCare brand name, have been recalled. They were made in J&J's troubled McNeil plant. No injuries have been reported.

    5. FDA: Alli, Xenical Linked to Rare Liver Injury

      FDA: The labels for the popular weight loss products Alli and Xenical must warn of a very small risk of severe liver injury. Worldwide, there have been 13 cases including two deaths.

    6. New Birth Control Pill Natazia Gets FDA Approval

      The FDA says it has approved a new birth control pill called Natazia that is the first four-phase oral contraceptive to be marketed in the United States.

    7. FDA Approves New Device for Asthma Relief

      The FDA has approved the Alair system, first non-drug, device-based treatment for adults with severe asthma whose medications aren't providing enough relief.

    8. FDA Approves New Varicose Vein Treatment

      The FDA has approved Asclera (polidocanol) for the treatment of small varicose veins.

    9. FDA Warns of Zocor Risk to Muscles

      The FDA warns that higher doses of the cholesterol-lowering drug Zocor (simvastatin) carry an increased risk of muscle injury.

    10. FDA Limits Long-Acting Asthma Inhalers

      The FDA says Serevent and Foradil should never be used by asthma patients unless combined with an asthma control drug -- and even then should be used as little as possible.

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