Wednesday, October 21, 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.

FDA Issues Strongest Possible Warning for All Breast Implants

In March 2019, dozens of women appeared before a U.S.  Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel to give their accounts of how breast implants had caused them to suffer illness. Eighteen months later, on September 28, 2020, the FDA issued its strongest warning for all breast...

New Study Lends More Proof to Link Between Talc and Ovarian Cancer

A new study published on September 22, 2020, in Gynecologic Oncology further reinforces the association between the talc in baby powder and ovarian cancer.In the study, Kurt E. Johnson, Anastas Popratiloff, Yuwei Fan, Sandra McDonald, and John J. Godleski measured the physical attributes,...

Higher Strength Opioid Doses Remain Common After Knee Surgery

The same prescribing practices that stirred the country’s opioid crisis continues, according to a recent study published in BMJ Open. The study, which analyzed a database of national insurance claims, concluded that 36 percent of knee surgery patients received opioid prescriptions stronger than the amount recommended by...

Hospital Neglects to Remove IVC Filter, Causing Patient’s Stroke

The Echo reported earlier this week of a man in Liverpool, England, who suffered the effects of a mismanaged IVC filter—on top of several other hospital errors—with life-altering consequences.Prior to surgery to treat a patient’s cancer of the esophagus, doctors for a 63-year-old...

Bladder Cancer From Zantac Prompts Lawsuit

Carl Williams has been taking Zantac for 30 years to relieve antacid discomfort.  The drug, otherwise known by...

Metformin Makers Sued for Carcinogenic Diabetes Drug

April has seen the filing of a class action lawsuit against manufacturers of popular diabetes drug metformin. A prescription...

Could Hope for Coronavirus Treatment Lay in a 65-Year-Old Treatment for Malaria?

As the coronavirus pandemic worsens, medical scientists and researchers are looking for anything that might prevent, or at least...

Why Do You Choose to Take Down Tobacco?

The nation is building a power wall—and you are invited to help build it.

Revlon Named in Mesothelioma Lawsuit for Talcum Powder Product Jean Nate

For years, Johnson & Johnson has occupied the spotlight on talc mesothelioma lawsuits....

Millions of Reports on Medical Device Malfunctions and Injuries Discovered in Hidden FDA Database

Any time a manufacturer learns that its medical device caused or contributed to...

Juul’s Massive “Influence Campaign” Includes Hefty Campaign Donations

The country’s largest electronic-cigarette company, Juul Labs, says it’s trying to earn “the trust...

How Long-Term Proton Pump Inhibitor Use May Exacerbate Cancer Risk

While reasonably safe to use for short periods of time, long-term proton pump...

The Danger of Common Nutritional Supplements

Unlike many prescription medications, nutritional supplements are easily available to anyone and do...

Overmedication: a Growing Problem With the “Graying” of America

According to the Lown Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank focused on health care...

Zantac Lawsuit Filings on the Rise

January saw a number of new lawsuit filings against manufacturers of Zantac and...

Pharma Price Gouging: Three States, Three Different Responses

Most people in the U.S. have health coverage that includes prescription drugs, but...

Fraud in U.S. Health Care is Worse Than You Think

Last week, the Department of Justice released a report on settlements and...

Buying Prescription Drugs From Outside the Country: What are the Risks?

Americans continue to struggle to pay the highest prices in the world...