Friday, February 22, 2019

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Just because a prescription drug or medical device is discussed below does not mean it's causing you harm. It simply means that safety issues have been raised. You should not stop using your medication or device simply because it's written about. Instead, you should click on the story, and become informed of the potential issues. If you have concerns after reading the information, then you should consult your physician, and determine the proper medical course for you.

Legal Battle Over Abilify Side Effects Heats Up in Florida

The last four weeks have seen significant developments in multidistrict litigation over the anti-psychotic prescription medication Abilify (aripiprazole) as both sides have filed motions, each side alleging the other has interfered with pre-trial discovery.In January, defendants Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol-Meyer Squibb (BMS) asked Judge M. Casey Rogers to...

“U.S. Healthcare at its Ugliest”: How Private Companies Have Profited From Emergency Care

It is a dirty little secret that keeps coming out more and more these days. It is the practice of outrageous “trauma fees” and other unexpected, inflated charges presented to patients who wind up in emergency rooms. It is yet one more aspect of America's unique and dysfunctional health care “system” that...

Neocate Bone Fractures – is a Nutritional Deficit Responsible?

Neocate, an “elemental formula” for infants and young children manufactured by Nutricia, has been linked to a number of disorders that result in soft, brittle bones and skeletal deformities. The root cause is a condition known as hypophosphatemia(HPP), usually caused by insufficient phosphorus in the diet. Lawsuits allege that the manufacturer...

Class of Commonly-Prescribed Antibiotics Linked to Aortic Aneurysm and More

Fluoroquinolones are broad-spectrum antibiotics frequently used for the treatment of bacterial infections, particularly those of the urogenital tract and pelvic organs. Other indications include patients with sickle-cell anemia who are at risk for bone infections and hospital patients with pneumonia. They have been associated with a dangerous, life-threatening injury known as aortic...

Robert Pollin: Medicare For All, With Money To Spare

A new study out of PERI recently took a look at the impact of implementing a Medicare...

Judge Says Big Pharma Doesn’t Have To Pay For Opioid Epidemic In New York

A judge in Manhattan has blocked an effort by lawmakers to make drug manufacturers and distributors pay...

New Legislation Could End Big Pharma’s Price Gouging In America

Big Pharma’s price gouging is finally on the radar for our elected officials, but will new legislation...

510(k) Strikes Again as C.R. Bard is Targeted in Another Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Corporate recidivist C.R. Bard, the company behind vaginal meshes, IVC filters, and the Kugel Hernia Mesh is once again...

What Patients Should Know About Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents

Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GABAs) were first approved by the FDA in 1998. The American...

Pediatric Colon Infections Rising Due to Use of Proton Pump Inhibitors

A recent paper published in the Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection reports that...

Two More Sartan Drugs Found to Have NDEA Contamination

This week, two more blood pressure medications containing the ingredient valsartan were recalled by...

Defective Medical Devices Made in the U.S. are Injuring Patients Overseas

There was a time when a label that stated “Made in the USA” was...

Drug Companies Lobbying To Raise Drug Prices For Senior Citizens

Major pharmaceutical companies just can’t seem to get enough cash, and they are now...

Alzheimer’s Vaccine Might be on the Horizon

Recently-published research indicates that a new DNA vaccine could lead to a 50 percent...

Study Reports Connection Between Valsartan and Angioedema

A common blood pressure medication recently the subject of a recall over contamination with...

FDA Approves New Indication for Xarelto

New Jersey-based drugmaker Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and its partner, Bayer AG, received approval...

As the Nation Struggles With an Addiction Epidemic, the FDA Approves a New Opioid-Based Pain Medication

Just before the weekend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave its approval for...

Medical Cannabis Goes Mainstream as the FDA Approves the First Marijuana-Based Prescription Drug

Parents with children suffering from treatment-resistant epilepsy got a major reason for hope this...