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A doctor friend sent this to me, and I just wanted to pass it on. Apparently all drugs containing ?Phenylpropanolamine are being recalled.

CVS Pharmacy has posted a sign stating that all drugs containing Phenylpropanolamine have been pulled from their shelves. You may want to try calling the 800 number listed on most drug boxes and inquire about a refund. Please read this carefully as I know that some of you use some of these drugs (Alka Seltzer Plus for one). Also, please pass this on to your friends. Appears we shouldn't be taking any medication/over the counter or prescription containing this containing this ingredient. ?

Reportedly it has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of ? ?medication. FDA recommended that everyone (including children) seek alternative medicine.

The following medications contain Phenylpropanolamine:

Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant Plus Dietary Supplements

Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control

Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine

Effervescent Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or orange)

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original

Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine

Effervescent Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine

Effervescent Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus

Effervescent Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine

Effervescent BC Allergy Sinus Cold Powder

BC Sinus Cold Powder

Comtrex Deep Chest Cold & Congestion Relief

Comtrex Flu Therapy & Fever Relief Day & Night

Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules

Contac 12 Hour Caplets

Coricidin D Cold, Flu & Sinus

Dexatrim Caffeine Free

Dexatrim Extended Duration

Dexatrim Gelcaps

Dexatrim Vitamin C/Caffeine Free

Dimetapp Cold & Allergy Chewable Tablets

Dimetapp Cold & Cough Liqui-Gels

Dimetapp DM Cold & Cough Elixir

Dimetapp Elixir

Dimetapp 4 Hour Liquid Gels

Dimetapp 4 Hour Tablets

Dimetapp 12 Hour Extentabs Tablets

Naldecon DX Pediatric Drops

Permathene Mega-16

Robitussin CF

Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion

Triaminic DM Cough Relief

Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Congestion

Triaminic Syrup Cold & Allergy

Triaminic Triaminicol Cold & Cough

The 800# for Triaminic is informing people that they are voluntarily recalling the following medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children.

Orange 3D Cold & Allergy

Cherry (Pink) 3D Cold & Cough

Berry 3D Cough Relief

Yellow 3D Expectorant

They are asking you to call them at 800-548-3708 with the lot number on the box so they can send you postage for you to send it back to them, and they will also issue you a refund.

This is the official FDA Web site for further confirmation.

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Wow!  Thanks, Dearest, for keeping us informed, even of non-meno items like this.

I think that we have some of these in our medicine closet,  I'm going to check and toss :)

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Hot Flash Drug Recalled

Millions of doses of Premarin are recalled by manufacturer

By Colette BouchezHealthScoutNews Reporter

THURSDAY, Aug. 16 (HealthScoutNews) --

In the third recall since the beginning of the year, the maker of one of the most popular brands of estrogen replacement therapy said late yesterday that more than 10 million pills are being pulled off wholesalers' shelves. Add that to recalls in January and April, and the total of pills taken off the market is more than 500 million doses. Premarin, made by American Home Products, is apparently shy of meeting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards in regard to dissolution -- which is the criteria that measures how uniformly or evenly a drug dissolves in your body. If it dissolves too quickly or too slowly, your body won't get the correct dose of the medicine. Premarin, derived from purified horse urine, is taken by 10 million women every day.

"Premarin, while it's been well studied, and it's been a good drug over the years, comes from horses' urine -- and because it is animal based, we don't know exactly what's in it other than the main ingredient, and you can't tell the horses what to pee," says Dr. Alan Altman, assistant clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.--Power Surge guest and "Ask The Doctor"

As a result, says Altman, each time Wyeth-Ayerst, the manufacturer, makes Premarin, it's a little bit different from the time before, so, "sometimes a woman gets too much [estrogen], sometimes too little, and sometimes the right amount." Other hormone replacement products, such as plant-derived Cenestin, a synthetic estrogen made by Cincinnati, Ohio-based Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., don't have that problem, says Altman, because each and every pill is structurally identical. Because new drug manufacturing technologies allow for better-controlled dissolution, older drugs like Premarin -- on the market for more than 58 years -- can find it difficult to meet current standards. Which is one reason they can be recalled. "The [government] specifications [for dissolution] were amended in May 1998 and [some] Premarin manufactured after May has not met the new specifications.

It's important to note that the product didn't change -- the specifications changed," says Audrey Ashby, spokeswoman for Wyeth, the division of American Home Products that makes and distributes Premarin. And, in fact, even if formulations do differ from batch to batch, not all medical experts see it as a problem. "Generally, the variations remain within such a strict level of acceptance, the difference from batch to batch is so small it's not really an issue," says Dr. Rogerio Lobo, chief of OB/Gyn at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. When a batch does exceed the normal acceptable levels, says Lobo, it is unlikely to make it to the consumer. "I believe any woman who is currently taking Premarin should feel extremely confidant in continuing to take it without hesitation -- this is a quality control issue not a medical issue, and I don't think these recalls represent any major health or medical problems," says Lobo. No one has reported any ill effects from taking any of the recalled drug. The current recall, which was done at the wholesale level, involves one lot of 896 bottles and one lot of 1,174 bottles. Each bottle contains 5,000 tablets. The grand total of pills pulled off wholesalers' shelves: a whopping 10 million-plus pills, all in the dosage strength of 1.25 milligrams, a mid-strength dose of the five the company makes. This current recall follows two others -- one in January, and a second in April of 2001 -- all for the same dissolution issue. According to FDA reports, more than 100,000 bottles of 5,000 pills -- a total of some 500 million doses of Premarin -- have been voluntarily recalled at the wholesale level, for dissolution problems since the start of this year. While the focus of the current recall is wholesalers, some of the now-recalled pills could be sitting on the consumer's bathroom shelf. Indeed, because the dissolution problems were discovered in batches of older pills -- stashes routinely held by drug manufacturers in the event that safety testing becomes necessary -- the company has no way of knowing how many of the previously shipped pills from the same batch made it to the drugstore, and ultimately into women's hands.

Still, they insist there is no need for worry or alarm "Women should be reassured that the product they have is not subject to the recall and even if they have Premarin tablets from these lots, they contain the proper estrogen dose and will provide them with all the proven benefits," says Ashby. The company has declined to release lot numbers, saying only that the products consumers have are safe and do not need to be returned. Premarin is is used primarily to treat symptoms of menopause including hot flashes and night sweats. It is also approved for the prevention of osteoporosis, a bone thinning disorder related to a lack of estrogen. Although it has been sold since 1942 without a patent, there is no generic version of the drug. The reason, says Altman, is that nobody really knows what's in it. "Even the people who make Premarin don't know exactly what's in the formula," he says.

Indeed, in 1997 the FDA declared "the active ingredients of Premarin cannot be definitively identified?[so] a generic version cannot be approved." Manufactured from what American Home Products call a "complex blend of natural estrogens," which includes urine taken from pregnant mares, Premarin has also become a rallying point for animal rights activists. What To Do To learn more about natural alternatives to hormone replacement therapy, visit The North American Menopause Society, found here. To learn more about the symptoms of menopause and the variety of drugs available for hormone replacement therapy visit The National Institute on Aging found here. Copyright ? 2001 HealthScout News, Inc.

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WORST EVER VIRUS (CNN announced) A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive ever! This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee and no vaccine has yet been developed. This virus simply destroys Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its functioning are stored. This virus acts in the following manner: It sends itself automatically to all contacts on your list with the title "A Virtual Card for You." As soon as the supposed virtual card is opened, the computer freezes so that the user has to reboot. When the ctrl+alt+del keys or the reset button are pressed, the virus destroys Sector Zero, thus permanently destroying the hard disk. Yesterday in just a few hours this virus caused panic in New York, according to news broadcast by CNN. This alert was received by an employee of Microsoft itself.

So don't open any mails with subject: "A Virtual Card for You." As soon as you get the mail, delete it. Please pass this mail to all of your friends. Forward this to everyone in your address book. If you receive an email called "An Internet Flower For You," do not open it. Delete it right away! This virus removes all dynamic link libraries (.dll files) from your computer. Your computer will not be able to boot up !!

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Thank you, raeh, and you're very welcome :D

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Dearest,  My husband is a computer and network security specialist and he has confirmed this to be a HOAX!  He also went to Symantec's web site (the creators of Norton Antivirus) and looked it up to show a skeptical me.  Here's a link to the information:  http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/virtual.card.for.you.html

He gets these "virus warnings" all the time at work and checks them out.  He says that the warnings are the virus since people clog up email systems sending out the warning.  He got a little chuckle out of this and says you are not the first to get fooled.  He says it's  always best to check a site like Symantec's or McAfee's to confirm the existence of a virus BEFORE sending it out to the world.  

Just FYI!

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