Wednesday, July 15, 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.

Class-Action Lawsuit Involving Belviq Weight-Loss Drug

According to a recent class-action lawsuit, drug manufacturers Eisai, Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. failed to inform the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) about a 2007 study showing that its weight-loss drug Belviq (aka lorcaserin) caused aggressive tumors in rats.The FDA approved Belviq in 2012 but did...

Allergan Begins Campaign to Track Breast Implant Patients to Warn of Cancer Risk

Allergan wants to track breast implants—and they have a really good reason.Responding to a request from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company, issued a recall of its BIOCELL breast implants and tissue expanders in the summer of 2019. Studies have linked...

Bladder Cancer From Zantac Prompts Lawsuit

Carl Williams has been taking Zantac for 30 years to relieve antacid discomfort.  The drug, otherwise known by its chemical name, ranitidine, is a popular antacid medication. Unfortunately, it also can cause cancer. Williams did not know this to be true of Zantac, but he claims that the drug’s manufacturers were...

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 medicine, metformin is used by patients with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.A complaint filed on April 3 on behalf of various health care...

Zantac Lawsuit Filings on the Rise

January saw a number of new lawsuit filings against manufacturers of Zantac and similar ranitidine-containing medications, alleging that these...

Pharma Price Gouging: Three States, Three Different Responses

Most people in the U.S. have health coverage that includes prescription drugs, but that does not always mean they are...

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...

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...

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...

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...

What Has Caused the Shortage of Shingrix – the Shingles Vaccine?

Shortly after the FDA granted approval for Shingrix in 2017, the Centers for...

Vape-Related Lung Disease Victim Gets Double Lung Transplant

A surgical team at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital has successfully performed a...

Popular Antidepressant Recalled Over Contamination Fears

The FDA recently reported a recall for the anti-anxiety medication alprazolam due to...

Knee Replacement Surgery Doesn’t Help in 20 Percent of Cases – Why is it Being Done so Often?

Between 1999 and 2008, the number of total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for patients...

FDA Recommends Black Box Warning on Breast Implants

This month, the FDA published recommendations that a “black box” warning be added...

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...

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

One of the problems reported with hernia mesh has to do with the...

Losartan Recall Expanded

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its recall of angiotensin II...