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  • Nonsurgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence [hide all summaries]
    (May 2017)
    Urinary incontinence — the inability to control the passage of urine — is a widespread problem that affects an estimated 25 million American adults. Learn about lifestyle changes and non-drug therapies that should be the first-choice treatments for incontinence, as well as the best drugs to use as second-choice treatment options.
  • Drugs That Cause Loss of Bladder Control [hide all summaries]
    (February 2016)
    Urinary incontinence, or loss of bladder control, is a common and often embarrassing problem that can have a huge impact on quality of life. Find out which drugs can cause this problem.
  • The BOTOX Label Gets Ready for its Close-up [hide all summaries]
    (June 2009)
    Sixteen months after we petitioned the FDA to greatly increase warnings to doctors and patients about BOTOX, the agency has agreed to do so. The article discusses some of the life-threatening side effects of the drug such as swallowing and breathing problems and points out that much of its use is for conditions for which it has not been approved by the FDA.
  • Botox, Mark Spitz, Nadia Comaneci vs. Willie Nelson [hide all summaries]
    (October 2008)
    The article reviews what former Olympians — swimmer Mark Spitz and gymnast Nadia Comaneci - have in common with Botox. Instead of tens of millions of people watching these athletes’ performances in the past as they strived for their personal best, people will now be able to watch videos of doctors’ performances as they inject Mark Spitz and Nadia Comaneci with BOTOX. Read about the new definition of "personal best".
  • Drug-Induced Eye Toxicity: 62 Drugs That Can Cause Eye Disease [hide all summaries]
    (April 2008)
    This article, based on a recent review in Drug Safety, lists 62 prescription drugs that can cause eye disease. The range of drug-induced eye diseases includes diseases of the eyelids, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal damage and optic nerve damage. As is true for drug-induced diseases in other parts of the body, you should consider newly developed eye symptoms beginning shortly after starting a new medication to be possibly drug-induced and consult a physician.
  • EU Warns About BOTOX Dangers: Why has the US failed to inform its residents? [hide all summaries]
    (October 2007)
    The European Union has warned that Botox can travel from the site of injection and cause muscle paralysis at other sites. The consequences can include difficulty swallowing and inhaling of food into the lungs. The US FDA has not issued similar warnings.

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    Statement of Peter Lurie, MD, MPH, Deputy Director, Health Research Group, Public Citizen.
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    Statement of Sidney Wolfe, MD, Director of the Health Research Group at Public Citizen
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    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should immediately increase its warnings and directly warn patients and doctors about the use of botulinum toxin – available as Botox and Myobloc – because of serious adverse reactions, including deaths, linked to the drug, Public Citizen said in a petition filed Thursday with the agency.
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    Patrick J. Byrne revises history in his Aug. 3 letter about the July 11 Botox Night at Johns Hopkins when he claims that the organization of the seminar was never altered.
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    To our knowledge, Johns Hopkins is the first medical school to have planned such an event. Given the increasing commercialization of medicine, including the proliferation of Botox parties, and its corrosive impact upon the credibility of the profession and the nation s medical schools, the time seems ripe to develop a national policy for medical schools that would preclude the demonstration or administration of medical interventions such as Botox.
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    If you wish to ensure that the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine maintains its reputation as one of the world’s leading medical schools, you will immediately cancel the Botox Night, similar in many respects to a so-called Botox Party, scheduled for Johns Hopkins’ Outpatient Center this Thursday, July 11. This event is unseemly, unprofessional and undermines the core educational mission of the university.
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    Statement - STATEMENT BY SIDNEY M. WOLFE, MD, CONCERNING PETITION TO REPEAL DOD/FDA REGULATION ALLOWING WAIVER FOR INFORMED CONSENT FOR EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS

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