Thursday, November 14, 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.

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

This month, the FDA published recommendations that a “black box” warning be added to package labels for saline and silicone breast implants. At this point, the recommendations are in the form of “draft guidance” and are still subject to public review and comments before they are finalized. This is a significant...

After Decades of Denial, J&J Recalls Baby Powder Because of Asbestos

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently discovered asbestos fibers after testing a sample of Johnson & Johnson's Baby Powder that had been purchased from an online retailer. This has led to the recall of a single lot of the product – and the news could not have come at...

Hernia Mesh Infections: is it the Materials or Something Else?

One of the problems reported with hernia mesh has to do with the issue of biocompatibility between the materials used and human tissues. Surgical mesh (which is used in other types of surgeries as well) can be made from biological materials, such as pigskin or tissues taken from elsewhere in...

Losartan Recall Expanded

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its recall of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for the fifth time since last summer, when certain lots of valsartan were found to contain traces of the carcinogenic chemical, N-nitroso-diethylamine (NDMA). This most recent recall affects losartan potassium tablets from Torrent Pharmaceuticals, which...

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. Patients who are taking SGLT2 inhibitors...

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 that more than 4.5 percent...

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, was found guilty this past week of...

Popular Sleep Medications Get Black Box Warning

Three prescription medications commonly prescribed for insomnia will now be required to carry boxed warnings by the FDA,...

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....

Proton Pump Inhibitors Nexium and Prilosec Should be Used Sparingly

You have probably felt the sensation before: a burning pain just above your...

Uloric Risks and Alternatives

Since the FDA added a boxed warning to Uloric for elevated risk of...

J&J’s Baby Powder Ads Targeted Minority and Overweight Women

According to internal company documents, Johnson & Johnson marketing campaigns for Baby Powder...

Unintended Consequences of the ACA: Surprise Medical Bills

Let us be clear on one thing: the Affordable Care Act, for all...

Fentanyl: The Deadliest Opioid, Says CDC

Among the ten most frequently mentioned drugs in reports on overdose fatalities, the...

Despite Demonstrated Dangers, Robotic Surgery Continues to Grow in Popularity

“Minimally invasive” robotic surgery has been around since the early 1980s. A major...

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...