Sunday, August 18, 2019

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.

The (Literally) Dirty Little Secret About Duodenoscopes

The duodenoscope is a very handy invention which allows physicians to see “inside” a patient’s digestive tract and makes it easier to diagnose pancreatic diseases and gall bladder issues. However, there is one major problem. They are virtually impossible to sterilize.Because of this, thousands of patients...

How Common Are Hernia Mesh Complications?

Despite the number of horror stories of hernia patients who have suffered debilitating pain and even died as a result of hernia mesh repairs, the market for this questionable medical device continues to grow – and mesh procedures still have defenders and apologists in the medical profession. Those who defend the...

Scientists Discover the Possible Cause of Talc-Related Ovarian Cancer

A study recently published in the journal Reproductive Sciences has found the possible mechanism by which talc exposure causes ovarian cancer. A great deal of research over the years has established a link between talc and ovarian cancer – but association by itself does not mean causation. Thanks to the efforts...

Surgical Mesh: A Brief (and Checkered) History

Surgical mesh consists of a loosely woven sheet, made from both biological and artificial materials that have been used in a variety of corrective surgeries. Primarily, surgical mesh is employed for hernia repair and the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) or stress urinary incontinence (SUI).Some of these...

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,...

Fentanyl: The Deadliest Opioid, Says CDC

Among the ten most frequently mentioned drugs in reports on overdose fatalities, the synthetic opioid fentanyl leads the way....

Despite Demonstrated Dangers, Robotic Surgery Continues to Grow in Popularity

“Minimally invasive” robotic surgery has been around since the early 1980s. A major breakthrough was achieved in 2006 when...

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...

Once Considered a Rural Phenomenon, the Opioid Epidemic Moves Into Eastern Cities

Since awareness of the issue of opioid addiction began to reach public consciousness...

While Congress Continues to Embrace the For-Profit Medicine, Washington State Moves Forward on Universal Health Care

Last month, in a move that went largely unnoticed by the national media,...

Sugar: a Sweet Addiction With Serious Health Consequences

According to the American Heart Association, adult males should eat no more than 9...

Legal Battle Over Abilify Side Effects Heats Up in Florida

The last four weeks have seen significant developments in multidistrict litigation over the...