Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Welcome to Drug Safety News. It's our goal to provide you current news and analysis regarding potentially dangerous medications and medical devices, and to highlight other issues of concern in the healthcare industry.

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.

Zantac Maker Allegedly Destroyed Recall-Related Emails

In a May 7 court filing, lawyers representing more than 70,000 former Zantac users accused the drug’s maker of destroying emails connected to a 2019 recall of the heartburn medicine, according to a Bloomberg report. Without these emails, the plaintiffs will have a harder time proving that...

New Studies Confirms Zantac Link to NDMA and Cancer

Online pharmacy Valisure has conducted additional research on Zantac and its ability to produce N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). Findings appear in the January 29, 2021, issues of JAMA Network Open and MedRxiv, and they reveal that Valisure’s June 2019 detection of the carcinogen NDMA in Zantac and generic ranitidine...

Claims Against 32 Generic Zantac Makers and Distributors Dismissed

A federal judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed 32 claims in the case of In Re: Zantac (Ranitidine) Products Liability Litigation. The claims were filed against parties connected with the generic forms of Zantac, the popular heartburn medication. The...

Deadly Consequences of Defective Diabetes Medical Devices

When some medical devices fail, they can cause serious, painful, life-altering injuries. When other medical devices fail, they can kill you.Diabetes devices are one example of this type of device. These products, which include insulin pumps and blood glucose monitors, are the subject...

IoT Software Exposes Insulin Pumps and Much More to Hackers—With Potentially Devastating Outcomes

We live in a world where things talk to things in order to make our lives easier,...

Bayer Wraps Up Essure Litigation With $1.6 Billion Deal

Bayer AG does not admit any liability or wrongdoing for the medical problems tens of thousands of...

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy Over Essure

Newly unsealed documents have revealed that Bayer AG failed to report to the Food and Drug Administration...

Novartis Gets Slapped Back for Kickbacks

A ticket to a Novartis speaker program treated medical profession attendees to top-shelf alcohol, exquisite meals, and...

Elmiron Vision Risks Prompt Lawsuit Against Manufacturer

In June 2020, Janssen Pharmaceuticals changed the label for Elmiron, warning users...

Mail-Order Pharmacy’s $11 Million Opioid Settlement

For Injured Workers Pharmacy (IWP), speed and volume trumped patient and public...

Class-Action Lawsuit Involving Belviq Weight-Loss Drug

According to a recent class-action lawsuit, drug manufacturers Eisai, Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc....

Allergan Begins Campaign to Track Breast Implant Patients to Warn of Cancer Risk

Allergan wants to track breast implants—and they have a really good reason.

Bladder Cancer From Zantac Prompts Lawsuit

Carl Williams has been taking Zantac for 30 years to relieve antacid discomfort. ...

Metformin Makers Sued for Carcinogenic Diabetes Drug

April has seen the filing of a class action lawsuit against manufacturers of...

New Study Confirms Link Between Cosmetic Talc Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Certain cosmetic talc products test positive for asbestos, a contaminant known to cause...

Surgeon Sheds Light on Breast-Implant-Associated Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sounded the alarm on July 6,...

Could Hope for Coronavirus Treatment Lay in a 65-Year-Old Treatment for Malaria?

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, medical scientists and researchers are looking for anything...

Why Do You Choose to Take Down Tobacco?

The nation is building a power wall—and you are invited to help build...