Saturday, December 15, 2018

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.

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 cases of infection from clostridium difficile, a bacteria that causes a range of intestinal tract conditions ranging from diarrhea to ulcerative colitis, is on the rise among children.  One reason is the use of proton pump inhibitors...

Two More Sartan Drugs Found to Have NDEA Contamination

This week, two more blood pressure medications containing the ingredient valsartan were recalled by the manufacturer because of NDEA contamination.On November 27, Israel-based Teva Pharmaceuticals announced the recall of all lots of Amlodine and Amlodine/Hydrochlorothiazide because the active ingredient, valsartan, was found to contain high levels of an industrial...

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 an assurance of quality, reliability, and safety. Not anymore. Patients in other parts of the world who are implanted with American-made medical devices such as artificial joints, stents, heart valves, and more are suffering needlessly...

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 lobbying the federal government to get Medicare drug discounts for senior citizens thrown out! This is an absolutely disgusting move by an industry that is clearly putting profits ahead of people, but that has been...

Abilify MyCite Vehicle Comes Under Fire Over Privacy Concerns

Almost one year ago, the FDA gave the green light to a “digital pill” that helps physicians to monitor...

Xarelto Fails to Prevent Clotting in Recent Trial

Johnson & Johnson’s and Bayer's recent attempt to expand the market for its controversial anticoagulant, Xarelto, encountered a setback...

Iron-Based Contrast Agent in MRIs is 100% More Effective Than Gadolinium – and Far Less Toxic

A group of scientists at Rice University has devised a way to use iron in MRI contrast agents that...

Popular Hernia Mesh Product Incompatible With Human Tissue

A new lawsuit claims that one of the most profitable forms of hernia mesh is 100% incompatible with human...

Failing to Reach a Settlement Abilify Bellwether Cases Head to Trial

Since the passing of a recent deadline to reach a global settlement in nearly...

The Company Responsible for the Opioid Crisis Now Wants to Profit From Fixing It

Purdue Pharma, the company that brought us OxyContin and has been targeted in lawsuits...

Popular Heartburn Medicines Nexium & Prilosec Causing Permanent Kidney Damage

Nexium is one of the most popular heartburn medicines on the market, but new...

Huge Majority Of Americans Say They Want Medicare For All

According to the latest round of polling, an overwhelming majority of American citizens say...

Toxic MRI Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agent Causing Debilitating Diseases In Patients

Each year in the United States, more than 10% of the population will undergo...

Judge Upholds $4.6 Billion Verdict Against Johnson & Johnson Over Talcum Powder Cancer

A trial judge in Missouri this week upheld a massive multi-billion dollar verdict against...

Popular Heart Medication Valsartan Tainted With Cancer-Causing Chemicals

Valsartan, a major heart medication, has been recalled because batches of the drugs were...

Jury Awards $4.6 Billion in Talcum Powder Cancer Case

Johnson & Johnson recently got hit with nearly five billion dollars by a jury...

If Harry Truman Had His Way With Medicare For All Charlene Dill and Countless Others Would Still Be Alive

Medicare for all isn't a new idea, it was proposed by Harry Truman over...

Despite Injury Reports & Lawsuits, Doctors Continue to Defend the Hernia Mesh

Horror stories about patients suffering from injuries due to hernia mesh continue to appear...