Temafloxacin, an antibiotic drug used to treat chest, skin and urinary infections, has been voluntarily withdrawn by its manufacturer, Abbott Labs, following reports of at least 50 adverse reactions and three deaths in the US possibly caused by use of the drug. The other side effects included liver dysfunction and kidney dysfunction serious enough among half the patients to require dialysis.
A baby born to a mother given lovastatin for high cholesterol during her first trimester was born with a variety of limb deformities, reports the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York.
Six pregnant women given ritodrine hydrochloride to suppress premature labour developed swelling of the salivary glands. (The BMJ, 27 June 1992)