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Codeine increases risk of death in some children, FDA warns

BY Alaric DeArment

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Children who take a class of opioid pain relievers after certain surgeries may be at risk of death, the Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday.

The FDA issued the warning after receiving reports of three children who died and one who experienced a life-threatening case of respiratory depression after taking codeine following tonsil- and adenoid-removal surgery.

According to the FDA, enzymes in the liver convert codeine to morphine when it enters the body. But in some people called ultrarapid metabolizers, the process happens faster and more completely than in other people, which appears to be the case in the four children.

The children received the surgeries to treat obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and took doses of codeine, a drug commonly found in prescription pain relievers and cough suppressants, that the agency said were within the typical dose range.


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Teva launches generic chemotherapy drug

BY Alaric DeArment

IRVINE, Calif. — A division of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has launched a generic chemotherapy drug, the company said.

Teva Health Systems announced the introduction of oxaliplatin injection in the 50-mg and 100-mg strengths.

The drug is a generic version of Sanofi’s Eloxatin, which had sales of $1.7 billion during the 12-month period ended in June, according to IMS Health.


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MidWest Gloves expands product lineup

BY DSN STAFF

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Max Performance is the name of the new work glove from category leader MidWest.

The company announced the new product introduction this week and design enhancements to the Max Performance line illustrate just how far the category of work gloves has progressed.

The new product features a suede leather palm with padded palm patches, a spandex back, fourchette finger design and an elastic wrist, all of which are designed to provide a form-fitting, high performance product.

"These new work gloves are truly exciting," MidWest president Stephen Franke said. "The innovative product features really work together and look great. Our consumer research led the path to this significant trend change in the glove industry. In keeping with our overall product goals, the quality and comfort of these work gloves is excellent."

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