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General Healthcare News

Zantac Maker Allegedly Destroyed Recall-Related Emails

In a May 7 court filing, lawyers representing more than 70,000 former Zantac users accused the drug’s maker of destroying emails connected to a 2019 recall of the heartburn medicine, according to a Bloomberg report. Without these emails, the plaintiffs will have a harder time proving that...

Deadly Consequences of Defective Diabetes Medical Devices

When some medical devices fail, they can cause serious, painful, life-altering injuries. When other medical devices fail, they can kill you.Diabetes devices are one example of this type of device. These products, which include insulin pumps and blood glucose monitors, are the subject...

Advil and Other NSAIDS Can Harm Babies in Utero

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it is requiring labeling changes for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID). The October 15, 2020, announcement notified consumers and medical providers that taking NSAID around 20 weeks (and further) into a pregnancy could cause serious kidney damage in unborn...

IoT Software Exposes Insulin Pumps and Much More to Hackers—With Potentially Devastating Outcomes

We live in a world where things talk to things in order to make our lives easier, safe, more efficient, or more profitable. These things exchange information using the internet of things (IoT), which will connect 55.9 billion devices by 2025, according to IDC predictions. 

Novartis Gets Slapped Back for Kickbacks

A ticket to a Novartis speaker program treated medical profession attendees to top-shelf alcohol, exquisite meals, and other “lavish goodies,” according to Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss for the Southern District of New York.Furthermore, high-volume prescribers of the Novartis drugs were paid as...

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...

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 a severe injury or death, the device manufacturer must report the event and the underlying problem to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). It’s the law—and it’s been the law since August 14, 2015.

The Danger of Common Nutritional Supplements

Unlike many prescription medications, nutritional supplements are easily available to anyone and do not require a doctor's signature. While these are generally seen as “harmless,” many people do not realize supplements can contain the same ingredients as prescription drugs and pose their own dangers of side effects and/or interactions. According to a...

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

According to the Lown Institute, a Massachusetts-based think tank focused on health care policy, American seniors are overmedicated – and this trend could be sending millions of them to emergency rooms due to serious side effects and interactions.According to a press release published late last...