Drug Name Confusion: Preventing Medication Errors
September 4, 2005 by

An 8-year-old died, it was suspected, after receiving methadone instead of methylphenidate, a drug used to treat attention deficit disorders. A 19-year-old man showed signs of potentially fatal complications after he was given clozapine instead of olanzapine, two drugs used to treat schizophrenia. And a 50-year-old woman was hospitalized after taking Flomax, used to treat …

FDA Cautions against Ultrasound ‘Keepsake’ Images
January 25, 2004 by

It’s risky business taking pictures of unborn babies when there’s no medical need to do so. That’s the word from the Food and Drug Administration, which is concerned about companies trying to turn an important medical procedure into a prenatal portrait tool. Facilities with captivating names such as Fetal Fotos, Peek-a-Boo, Womb with a View, …

Idaho Woman Sentenced for Touting Bogus Medical Cure (Neuralyn)
September 1, 2003 by

Steve Crowder of San Diego sat in his wheelchair while a doctor tugged on his skin and applied beads of liquid through a dental syringe onto parts of his body. A quadriplegic, Crowder came to the Alternative Medicine and Biophysics Research Institute in Nampa, Idaho, believing he might walk again, or at least find some …