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General Healthcare News

Elmiron Vision Risks Prompt Lawsuit Against Manufacturer

In June 2020, Janssen Pharmaceuticals changed the label for Elmiron, warning users that the drug could cause vision problems. Unfortunately, this warning came too late for at least one patient.A Kansas woman, Rebecca Gassman, started experiencing vision problems in 2019. She had been...

Mail-Order Pharmacy’s $11 Million Opioid Settlement

For Injured Workers Pharmacy (IWP), speed and volume trumped patient and public safety, and the Andover, Mass. business is paying the price for its questionable practices—to the tune of $11 million.The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office alleged that the mail-order pharmacy took inadequate safety...

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...

New Study Confirms Link Between Cosmetic Talc Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Certain cosmetic talc products test positive for asbestos, a contaminant known to cause mesothelioma. A study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine underscores the link between cosmetic talc and this rare form of cancer.Researchers studied 64 females and 11 males who...

Surgeon Sheds Light on Breast-Implant-Associated Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sounded the alarm on July 6, 2019. The agency had received 573 medical device reports (MDRs) of breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL).Although the FDA first identified a link between ALCL and breast implants in 2011, a lack...

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 treat the disease. At least three major pharmaceutical companies are working overtime to develop vaccines. Meanwhile, findings reported in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases indicate that a drug first developed almost seven decades...

Why Do You Choose to Take Down Tobacco?

The nation is building a power wall—and you are invited to help build it.Today, March 18, 2020, is National Take Down Tobacco Day of Action. Around the world people from every walk of life will rally in a fight for the first tobacco-free generation.  The...