Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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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.

Bard Hernia Mesh Bellwether Trial Moves Ahead

Steven Johns’ case has been chosen for a bellwether trial against hernia mesh maker C.R. Bard. His case is one of more than 8,000 product liability claims against the company, all of which allege that Bard’s hernia mesh devices are defective. According to U.S. District Judge Edmund...

Advil and Other NSAIDS Can Harm Babies in Utero

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is requiring labeling changes for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). The October 15, 2020, announcement notified consumers and medical providers that taking NSAID around 20 weeks (and further) into a pregnancy could cause serious kidney damage in unborn...

ER Metformin Makers Recall Products With High NDMA

Two makers of metformin—Marksans Pharma and Sun Pharmaceutical Industries—are recalling their extended release (ER) formulas of the drug because they contain quantities of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) that exceed the acceptable intake limit, as established by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).Metformin is a drug...

FDA Issues Strongest Possible Warning for All Breast Implants

In March 2019, dozens of women appeared before a U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel to give their accounts of how breast implants had caused them to suffer illness. Eighteen months later, on September 28, 2020, the FDA issued its strongest warning for all breast...

Mail-Order Pharmacy’s $11 Million Opioid Settlement

For Injured Workers Pharmacy (IWP), speed and volume trumped patient and public safety, and the Andover, Mass....

Class-Action Lawsuit Involving Belviq Weight-Loss Drug

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

Metformin Makers Sued for Carcinogenic Diabetes Drug

April has seen the filing of a class action lawsuit against manufacturers of popular diabetes drug metformin. A prescription...

New Study Confirms Link Between Cosmetic Talc Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Certain cosmetic talc products test positive for asbestos, a contaminant known to cause mesothelioma. A study published in the...

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...

Revlon Named in Mesothelioma Lawsuit for Talcum Powder Product Jean Nate

For years, Johnson & Johnson has occupied the spotlight on talc mesothelioma lawsuits....

Millions of Reports on Medical Device Malfunctions and Injuries Discovered in Hidden FDA Database

Any time a manufacturer learns that its medical device caused or contributed to...

Juul’s Massive “Influence Campaign” Includes Hefty Campaign Donations

The country’s largest electronic-cigarette company, Juul Labs, says it’s trying to earn “the trust...

How Long-Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Use May Exacerbate Cancer Risk

While reasonably safe to use for short periods of time, long-term proton pump...

The Danger of Common Nutritional Supplements

Unlike many prescription medications, nutritional supplements are easily available to anyone and do...

Overmedication: a Growing Problem With the “Graying” of America

According to the Lown Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank focused on health care...

Zantac Lawsuit Filings on the Rise

January saw a number of new lawsuit filings against manufacturers of Zantac and...