Friday, February 28, 2020

Welcome to Drug Safety News. It's our goal to provide you current news and analysis regarding potentially dangerous medications and medical devices, and to highlight other issues of concern in the healthcare industry.

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.

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 companies were aware of the danger from NDMA contamination. In fact, although Connecticut pharmaceutical testing lab Valisure was the first to announce the discovery publicly this past September, a Stanford University study published...

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 able to afford the specific medication they need. Increasingly, people who are insured must make “tough choices” that are not faced by those in other advanced nations. According to a recent National...

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

Last week, the Department of Justice released a report on settlements and judgments resulting from whistleblower lawsuits filed under the False Claims Act (FCA). For fiscal year 2019, which ended on September 30th, the total amount recovered was over $3 billion. Of that, almost 87 percent –...

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

Americans continue to struggle to pay the highest prices in the world for prescription medications, while Congress continues to dither on whether or not to legalize the re-importation of cheaper drugs from outside the country – something that is currently illegal. That hasn't stopped millions from simply...

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...

Losartan Recall Expanded

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its recall of angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) for the...

“It’s Deja Vu All Over Again” – Is the History of Big Tobacco Repeating With e-Cigarettes?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “vaping” among teenagers nearly doubled between 2017 and 2018. Today, more...

FDA Orders Flavored “Vape Juices” Pulled From the Market

As part of its efforts to prevent underage youth from using e-cigarette products, the U.S. Food and...

The (Literally) Dirty Little Secret About Duodenoscopes

The duodenoscope is a very handy invention which allows physicians to see “inside”...

How Common Are Hernia Mesh Complications?

Despite the number of horror stories of hernia patients who have suffered debilitating...

Scientists Discover the Possible Cause of Talc-Related Ovarian Cancer

A study recently published in the journal Reproductive Sciences has found the possible mechanism...

Surgical Mesh: A Brief (and Checkered) History

Surgical mesh consists of a loosely woven sheet, made from both biological and...

More Evidence for the Deadly Effects of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Another group of researchers have found compelling evidence of a link between long-term...

Florida Pharmacy Faces Federal Lawsuit Involving Abilify

A US Attorney in Florida has filed federal lawsuits against a Jacksonville pharmacy...

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....

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...

What is Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (and What Does it Have to Do With Breast Implants)?

Non-Hodgkins lymphoma (NHL) has been in the news a great deal lately because...

New Blood Filtering Method Proves Effective in Gadolinium Removal in Laboratory Animals

New findings published earlier this year in Scientific Reports offer new hope to...