Saturday, March 23, 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.

Tentative Settlement Approved in Abilify Cases

Defendants Otsuka Pharmaceuticals and Bristol Meyer Squibb (BMS) have entered into a global settlement with 600 plaintiffs in multi-district litigation over alleged side effects of the neuroleptic medication Abilify (aripiprazole), prescribed for the treatment of bipolar disorder, depression, and schizophrenia.If 90% of the plaintiffs agree to the...

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 the country. The following year, there were 120. Between January 1st and December 29th of 2018, that number had more than tripled, to 372. The count for 2018 so far is 228 – and we're not even three...

Proton Pump Inhibitors: Are There Alternatives?

Proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec (omeprazole) and Nexium (esomeprazole) are among the most widely-prescribed medications on earth. Used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), they are effective and relatively safe when used on a short-term basis (no more than 12 weeks).However, long-term...

A Third Contaminant Found in Common Blood Pressure Medication

This past year a number of blood pressure medications known as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) or “sartan” drugs have been found to contain two industrial contaminants: N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) and/or N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). This week Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. announced the discovery of a third contaminant in lots of losartan, known as N-Methylnitrosobutyric acid...

Study Indicates Link Between Antipsychotics and Death Among Young People

Last month, the journal JAMA Psychiatry published a study suggesting that the use of antipsychotic medications may be fatal for...

The Alarming Increase in Opioid Overdose Fatalities Among Middle-Aged Women

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a disturbing report about the nation's current opioid crisis. It...

Hundreds of Different Prescription Drugs Linked to Depression

This past year a team of researchers from the University of Illinois and Columbia University in New York published...

Proton Pump Inhibitors Possibly Linked to Elevated Stomach Cancer Risk

A study published in the journal Gut has found an association between the long-term use of proton pump...

The Flaming Disaster That is Healthcare In America

Is Healthcare broken when a working family has to skip treatments due...

Robert Pollin: Medicare For All, With Money To Spare

A new study out of PERI recently took a look at the...

Judge Says Big Pharma Doesn’t Have To Pay For Opioid Epidemic In New York

A judge in Manhattan has blocked an effort by lawmakers to make...

Johnson & Johnson Internal Documents Reveal Company’s Knowledge Of Cancer Causing Talc Powder

Via America’s Lawyer: For more than 30 years, Johnson & Johnson knew...

Johnson & Johnson’s Stock Takes Big Hit on Baby Powder Asbestos Concerns

Johnson & Johnson, maker of Baby Powder and Shower to Shower, was once the...

New Legislation Could End Big Pharma’s Price Gouging In America

Big Pharma’s price gouging is finally on the radar for our elected...

510(k) Strikes Again as C.R. Bard is Targeted in Another Hernia Mesh Lawsuit

Corporate recidivist C.R. Bard, the company behind vaginal meshes, IVC filters, and the Kugel...

What Patients Should Know About Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents

Gadolinium-based contrast agents (GABAs) were first approved by the FDA in 1998. The American...

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...

Two More Sartan Drugs Found to Have NDEA Contamination

This week, two more blood pressure medications containing the ingredient valsartan were recalled by...