Tuesday, October 15, 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.

FDA Says Cancer Risk From Contaminated ARBs Lower Than Previously Thought

In a statement published on August 28th, the FDA says that the cancer risk from contaminated angiotension II receptor blockers due to nitrosamine contamination is likely to be less than previously estimated. The agency also advises doctors and their patients to consider those risks against the benefits and the dangers of untreated...

Talc Cancer Risk Spreads to Popular Cosmetics

As Johnson & Johnson continues to fight allegations that the talc in its Baby Powder contains cancer-causing asbestos, two cosmetics manufacturers have issued voluntary recalls of popular products in which recent FDA testing revealed asbestos contamination.According to a recent FDA notification, the products in question...

“It’s Deja Vu All Over Again” – Is the History of Big Tobacco Repeating With e-Cigarettes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “vaping” among teenagers nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018. Today, more than 20 percent of high school students admit to having used e-cigarette products. That translates into 3 million underage youth who have been drawn into the practice of “vaping,” allegedly due to aggressive,...

FDA Orders Flavored “Vape Juices” Pulled From the Market

As part of its efforts to prevent underage youth from using e-cigarette products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered four manufacturers to stop sales of over 40 different flavored vape liquids. The agency cites violations of regulations that were instituted in 2016, although enforcement has...

Top Insys Therapeutics Executives Found Guilty on Federal Racketeering Charges

After a ten-week-long trial, the former billionaire founder of Insys Therapeutics, John Kapoor, was found guilty this past week of...

Popular Sleep Medications Get Black Box Warning

Three prescription medications commonly prescribed for insomnia will now be required to carry boxed warnings by the FDA,...

Proton Pump Inhibitors Nexium and Prilosec Should be Used Sparingly

You have probably felt the sensation before: a burning pain just above your stomach, behind the sternum. You're suffering...

Uloric Risks and Alternatives

Since the FDA added a boxed warning to Uloric for elevated risk of fatal cardiovascular events in February 2019,...

J&J’s Baby Powder Ads Targeted Minority and Overweight Women

According to internal company documents, Johnson & Johnson marketing campaigns for Baby Powder...

Unintended Consequences of the ACA: Surprise Medical Bills

Let us be clear on one thing: the Affordable Care Act, for all...

Fentanyl: The Deadliest Opioid, Says CDC

Among the ten most frequently mentioned drugs in reports on overdose fatalities, the...

Despite Demonstrated Dangers, Robotic Surgery Continues to Grow in Popularity

“Minimally invasive” robotic surgery has been around since the early 1980s. A major...

Alternative to Statin Drugs On the Horizon

The New England Journal of Medicine has potentially good news this month for...

Could Side Effects of Prescription Medicines Be Due to Gluten Intolerance?

Bad reactions resulting from unanticipated side effects have been in the news a...

Tentative Settlement Approved in Abilify Cases

Defendants Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Meyer Squibb (BMS) have entered into a global...

While Preventable Disease is on the Rise, “Anti-Vaxers” are Making Inroads in State Legislatures

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control reported 86 cases of measles across...

Proton Pump Inhibitors: Are There Alternatives?

Proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole) are among the...

A Third Contaminant Found in Common Blood Pressure Medication

This past year a number of blood pressure medications known as angiotensin II...