Welcome to Drug Safety News. It's our goal to provide you current news stories and videos regarding various prescription drugs and medical devices that have been the subject of recalls and/or national lawsuits. 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.

CURRENT NEWS

FDA Issues Warning Letters to Online Opioid Suppliers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally taking action against online “pharmacies” selling illegal opioid medications to the...

Could a New Marijuana Derivative Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease?

Scientific research into the effects of marijuana on Alzheimer's disease has been going on for several years. One of...

Two States File Suit Against Pharma Companies Over Illegal Opioid Marketing

The attorneys general of Minnesota and Utah are bringing legal action against two major pharmaceutical companies over the manner...

A Controversial New Stem Cell Treatment Draws FDA Scrutiny

78-year-old Jack Nicklaus has suffered from chronic back pain throughout his life, caused by a condition known as facet...

Seven Years After “Charlotte’s Web,” A CBD Treatment for Epilepsy Moves One Step Closer to FDA Approval

A few years ago, people who used the cannabis-derived substance cannabidiol (CBD) risked arrest – or were forced to...

U.S. Law Against Drug Reimportation: Originally, it Was a Good Idea, But Has Outlived its Purpose

One thing has become abundantly clear over the past several years: federal laws prohibiting Americans from importing cheaper prescription...

Cancer Immunotherapy Takes a Step Forward

Using the body's own defenses against cancerous tumors has been the virtual “Holy Grail” for oncology researchers. One of the primary challenges in this field of study lies in the fact that cancer cells are not foreign pathogens. Rather, they are native cells that have mutated in such a...

An Old Technology Used to Prevent Brain Damage in Newborns Can Help Cancer Patients Keep Their Hair – But Getting Insurers to Cover...

One of the emotionally devastating side effects of cancer chemotherapy is hair loss or alopecia. A device that was approved in 2007 for the treatment of a condition known as neonatal encephalopathy, which puts newborn infants at risk for brain damage, can help prevent this side effect. However, most...

Virtual Reality: a Non-Addictive Alternative to Opioid Pain Medications

It is a concept that has been around for a few years, but with the growth of the nation's opioid addiction crisis, the use of virtual reality (VR) as a pain management tool is gaining more attention from the medical community – including the Centers for Disease Control.An early...

Loperamide Diarrhea Medication Overdose: Trading One Deadly Addiction For Another?

Last November, paramedics in the Pittsburgh suburb of Fox Chapel were called to the home of 29-year-old Arjun Patel, where they found the young man dead. This past week, the medical examiner for Allegheny County revealed the cause of Patel's demise: an overdose of a common, over-the-counter diarrhea medication...

While the Federal Government Twiddles its Thumbs, States Take Action on Reining in Drug Prices

On the issue of out-of-control drug pricing, the federal government has been all talk and virtually no action. In...

Why Has Pfizer Discontinued Research on Neurodegenerative Diseases?

In January, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that it would stop all funding for research into neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Parkinson's...

Canadian Doctors Show the World What a “We” Society Looks Like

This week, several media outlets here and abroad reported that doctors and med students...

More Studies Confirm Medical Marijuana Reduces Opioid Abuse

While Trump continues to bluster and make his usual empty “promises” and legislators on...

Surgery Centers: Great for the Bottom Line, but Fatal for Patients

Over the past five decades, as America's for-profit health care system continues to seek...

A New Drug in Development Could Help Patients With Sickle-Cell Anemia – But a Legacy of Racism Has Caused Delays

Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is a relatively rare, genetic blood disorder that primarily affects people...

Investigation by a U.S. Senator Reveals Pharmaceutical Companies Paid Big Bucks in Order to Influence Public Perception of Opioid Safety

As the current federal Administration under its current poor excuse for leadership continues to...