Friday, August 14, 2020

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.

Novartis Gets Slapped Back for Kickbacks

A ticket to a Novartis speaker program treated medical profession attendees to top-shelf alcohol, exquisite meals, and other “lavish goodies,” according to Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York.Furthermore, high-volume prescribers of the Novartis drugs were paid as...

Elmiron Vision Risks Prompt Lawsuit Against Manufacturer

In June 2020, Janssen Pharmaceuticals changed the label for Elmiron, warning users that the drug could cause vision problems. Unfortunately, this warning came too late for at least one patient.A Kansas woman, Rebecca Gassman, started experiencing vision problems in 2019. She had been...

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. business is paying the price for its questionable practices—to the tune of $11 million.The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office alleged that the mail-order pharmacy took inadequate safety...

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 & Drug Administration (FDA) about a 2007 study showing that its weight-loss drug Belviq (aka lorcaserin) caused aggressive tumors in rats.The FDA approved Belviq in 2012 but did...

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 inhibitor use has been linked...

The Danger of Common Nutritional Supplements

Unlike many prescription medications, nutritional supplements are easily available to anyone and do not require a doctor's signature. While...

Pharma Price Gouging: Three States, Three Different Responses

Most people in the U.S. have health coverage that includes prescription drugs, but that does not always mean they are...

Fraud in U.S. Health Care is Worse Than You Think

Last week, the Department of Justice released a report on settlements and judgments resulting from whistleblower lawsuits...

Buying Prescription Drugs From Outside the Country: What are the Risks?

Americans continue to struggle to pay the highest prices in the world...

Drug Companies Start the New Year by Gouging Consumers Again

In their endless, insatiable appetite for maximum profits, several major drug companies have...

Hernia Mesh Lawsuits Spike, Injuries Mount – But Alternatives are Available

News about hernia mesh injuries and lawsuits have dropped off the front page...

Carcinogens in Our Medications: Why Does the FDA Drag its Heels?

Recently, a small, privately-owned and operated lab in Connecticut discovered “high levels” of...

How a Small, Independent Pharmacy in Connecticut is Alerting Americans to Dangerous Prescription Drugs

Like other pharmacies, Valisure is in operation to turn a profit. It purchases...

What Has Caused the Shortage of Shingrix – the Shingles Vaccine?

Shortly after the FDA granted approval for Shingrix in 2017, the Centers for...

Vape-Related Lung Disease Victim Gets Double Lung Transplant

A surgical team at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital has successfully performed a...

Popular Antidepressant Recalled Over Contamination Fears

The FDA recently reported a recall for the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam due to...

Knee Replacement Surgery Doesn’t Help in 20 Percent of Cases – Why is it Being Done so Often?

Between 1999 and 2008, the number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for patients...

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

This month, the FDA published recommendations that a “black box” warning be added...