FDA Warns Of Potential Safety Issues In Nephron Asthma Drug

By Sindhu Sundar (October 1, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety warning Monday over the potential health risks of Nephron Pharmaceuticals Corp.'s bronchial asthma drug Asthmanefrin, an over-the-counter inhaled solution that the agency said it has been receiving complaints about in the past year.

The FDA said since Asthmanefrin entered the OTC market in September 2012, the agency has received reports about symptoms of chest pain, nausea, increased blood pressure and heart rate, among other negative side effects from taking the drug, according to its safety announcement Monday.

"In light of FDA's concerns about the use of OTC racepinephrine and similar drugs for...

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