Archive - May 17, 2012

Archive - May 17, 2012

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FDA Investigating Safety of Z-Pak After Study Links Antibiotic to Increased Risk of Sudden Death

The U.S Food and Drug Administration is investigating the antibiotic azithromycin, commonly known as Z-Pak, after a study linked the drug to an increased risk of death.

The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found patients prescribed Z-Pak were more likely to die than those prescribed amoxicillin, another antibiotic. The results were especially pronounced for those who died of  heart attacks, strokes, sudden cardiac death and other cardiovascular causes.

Last year, doctors wrote 55.3 million prescriptions for Z-Pak, according to IMS Health. Like the popular antibiotic amoxicillin, azithromycin is commonly prescribed to help fight off bacterial infections. But while they are often prescribed for similar conditions, the two drugs work differently from each other.

TV News Anchor and Survivor Susan Koeppen Will Walk to Save Lives Threatened by Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Susan Koeppen, 39, survived sudden cardiac arrest last November, thanks to immediate intervention by bystanders with CPR and use of a defibrillator by EMS. She aims to raise awareness by walking in a 5K to benefit the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation, a national community benefit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and save lives.

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB)--KDKA TV News anchor, Susan Koeppen, will be leading this year’s Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation team at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The 5K walk will be held on Saturday May 19, starting at Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore at 9:00 am.

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The mission of the Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) Foundation is to prevent death and disability from sudden cardiac arrest. The vision of the SCA Foundation is to increase awareness about sudden cardiac arrest and influence attitudinal and behavioral changes that will reduce mortality and morbidity from SCA.

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