Epilepsy Drugs May Avoid Black Box – WSJ.com

There may be hope for the FDA on black boxes just yet…

Epilepsy Drugs May Avoid Black Box – WSJ.com
Epilepsy Drugs May Avoid Black Box
By JARED A. FAVOLE
July 11, 2008; Page B6

BELTSVILLE, Md. — A Food and Drug Administration panel has recommended against adding the agency’s toughest warnings to labels of epilepsy drugs, saying studies didn’t show a high-enough risk for suicidal behavior to warrant such warnings.

So, the full FDA panel realizes hitting medications with a Black Box makes doctors not want to prescribe them, and said the very small increase in suicides among people taking epilepsy drugs didn’t warrant the warning.

So, if an increase in suicidality isn’t boxable, what about tendons and tendon ruptures?

Michael DeBakey, pioneer of heart procedures, dead at 99 – CNN.com

Michael DeBakey, pioneer of heart procedures, dead at 99 – CNN.com
HOUSTON, Texas (AP) — Dr. Michael DeBakey, the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients, died Friday night at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, officials announced. He was 99.

RIP.