Saturday, January 18, 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.

Drug Companies Start the New Year by Gouging Consumers Again

In their endless, insatiable appetite for maximum profits, several major drug companies have delivered New Year greetings to consumers in the form of price increases for many life-saving medicines designed to treat cancer and HIV. According to consulting firm 3 Axis Advisors, more than 400 prescription drugs will be carrying higher...

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

News about hernia mesh injuries and lawsuits have dropped off the front page in recent months – but the problem remains, as the market for hernia mesh continues to grow, along with the number of corresponding lawsuits. Furthermore, despite the fact that alternatives to mesh repair exist, hernia mesh continues to be...

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 a carcinogenic chemical in batches of ranitidine (Zantac). It was not just contamination from an outside source. Scientists at the Valisure determined that the problem was inherent in the molecule itself. They notified the FDA immediately, which in...

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 medications from wholesale operations, adds a modest markup, then resells them to retail outlets and health care institutions. There is one major difference that sets Valisure apart: they test every product that comes through their lab. As a...

“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...

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...

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...

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...

More Evidence for the Deadly Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Another group of researchers have found compelling evidence of a link between long-term...

Florida Pharmacy Faces Federal Lawsuit Involving Abilify

A US Attorney in Florida has filed federal lawsuits against a Jacksonville pharmacy...

If You Are a Type-2 Diabetic on Farxiga or Jardiance, Beware of Fournier’s Gangrene

A frightening new side effect of the latest diabetes treatments has been discovered....

VA Research Finds a Significant Increase in Death Rate Among Users of Nexium, Prilosec

A recent analysis of data from the Department of Veterans Affairs has found...

What is Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (and What Does it Have to Do With Breast Implants)?

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) has been in the news a great deal lately because...

New Blood Filtering Method Proves Effective in Gadolinium Removal in Laboratory Animals

New findings published earlier this year in Scientific Reports offer new hope to...

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,...

Popular Sleep Medications Get Black Box Warning

Three prescription medications commonly prescribed for insomnia will now be required to carry...

Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Fell By 3 Percent Last Year: Why?

According to a recent analysis from Georgetown University, enrollment in Medicaid and the...

Additional Losartan Drugs Recalled Over Carcinogen Contamination Concerns

The recent recall of sartan-based blood pressure medications has been expanded yet again....