U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Advisories
- June 25, 2014: Over-The-Counter Topical Acne Products: FDA is warning that certain over-the-counter (OTC) topical acne products can cause rare but serious and potentially life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Consumers should stop using their topical acne product and seek emergency medical attention immediately if they experience hypersensitivity reactions such as throat tightness; difficulty breathing; feeling faint; or swelling of the eyes, face, lips, or tongue. Consumers should also stop using the product if they develop hives or itching. The hypersensitivity reactions may occur within minutes to a day or longer after product use. These serious reactions differ from the local skin irritation that may occur at the product application site that are already included in the Drug Facts labels.
- June 24, 2014: Olmesartan: FDA has completed its safety review and has found no clear evidence of increased cardiovascular risks associated with use of the blood pressure medication olmesartan in diabetic patients. FDA believes the benefits of olmesartan in patients with high blood pressure continue to outweigh the potential risks. Patients should not stop taking olmesartan or any blood pressure medication without first discussing it with their health care professional. Recommendations for use of olmesartan remain the same, but FDA will require information about some of the studies to be included in the drug labels.
- June 20, 2014: Docetaxel: FDA is warning that the intravenous chemotherapy drug docetaxel contains ethanol, also known as alcohol, which may cause patients to experience intoxication or feel drunk during and after treatment. FDA is revising the labels of all docetaxel drug products to warn about this risk. Health care professionals should consider the alcohol content of docetaxel when prescribing or administering the drug to patients, particularly in those whom alcohol intake should be avoided or minimized and when using it in conjunction with other medications.