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FDA Gives 7 Companies Go Ahead To Market Generic Plavix

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just gave seven companies the go-ahead to market generic Plavix. Plavix is a blood thinner prescribed for the prevention of blood clots, heart attacks, and which has been linked to serious side effects such as the heart attacks and strokes it is supposed to ...

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Tentative Ohio Fracking Regulations Criticized as too Lax

Lawmakers in Ohio have tentatively passed new regulations governing hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling but they’ve immediately been criticized for being too favorable to the natural gas and oil industries.

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EMA Seeks Stronger Pradaxa Guidance for Bleeding Side Effects

Regulators in Europe have again asked Boehringer Ingelheim, the manufacturer of the blood thinner Pradaxa, to update the drug’s label with additional information regarding Pradaxa bleeding side effects. According to the European Medicines Agency (EMA), the new guidance should include more specific information on when Pradaxa must not be used, ...

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DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

DeflateGate’s Effects Impact Legal Gambling and the Economy

The NFL has initiated a probe into the New England Patriots following allegations that the team intentionally used overly deflated footballs.

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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Three Injured, Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three Injured When Long Island Railroad Train Hits Car on Tracks

Three people, including a train engineer, were injured on Wednesday when a Long Island Rail Road train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station, LIRR officials said. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said the driver of the Lincoln Town Car was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center ...

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Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Two Men Found Dead of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Long Island, New York Auto Shop

Two men were found dead of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Holbrook, New York, auto-detailing shop Thursday night, Suffolk County police say.

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National Law Firms Calls for More FDA Action on Actos Bladder Cancer Threat

A national law firm is not satisfied with the way the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has handled warnings regarding Actos (pioglitazone) bladder cancer risks. In a statement published today, Parker Waichman LLP called on the FDA to compel Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the type 2 diabetes drug, ...

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Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

$5.5 Million Awarded to Plaintiffs in First Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Trial

An award of $5.5 million has been made in the first trial over a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. The jury found against medical device maker, C.R. Bard, and its Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh. The jury agreed that Bard’s Avaulta Plus transvaginal mesh caused numerous and painful injuries in a California woman. ...

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Actos Whistleblower Lawsuit Questions Avandia Researcher's Financial Ties to Takeda

A prominent researcher has been implicated in an alleged cover-up of Actos side effects, according to a report from TheHeart.org. An Actos whistleblower lawsuit unsealed earlier this year has alleged financial connections between the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr Steven Nissen and the maker of Actos “should be considered when analyzing Actos’s ...

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Cipro Linked to the Serious Allergic Reaction Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

The fluoroquinolone antibiotic Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is one the medications linked to the extreme allergic reaction Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS).

Though Stevens-Johnson is not common, it can be fatal if not treated quickly, according to Top Class Actions. Continue reading

Posted in Cipro, Health Concerns, Levaquin, Pharmaceuticals |

Frozen Corn Products Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

Cambridge Farms, LLC of Lancaster, Pennsylvania has recalled three brands of frozen corn products because they may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.

To date, no illnesses have been reported, according to the recall notice. Continue reading

Posted in Defective Products, Food Poisoning, Food Products, Health Concerns, Listeria |

Cancer Diagnoses Linked to Ground Zero Tripled in Recent Years

More than 5,400 individuals including first responders along with residents or employees who worked in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC), have been diagnosed with 9/11-linked cancers. The medical director, Dr. Michael Crane, of the WTC Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, remarked of the alarming increase in numbers that have tripled in the past 2½ years.

Dr. Crane stated that new patients are being identified for the last year and a half with cancer, 10 to 15 times a week, every week. As of June 30, 2016, 5,441 patients have enrolled in the program with 6,378 separate cancers, an increase of 1,822 victims from January 2014. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Cancer Diagnoses Linked to Ground Zero Tripled in Recent Years

More than 5,400 individuals, including first responders as well as residents or employees who worked in the vicinity of the World Trade Center (WTC), have been diagnosed with 9/11-linked cancers. The medical director, Dr. Michael Crane, of the WTC Health Program at Mount Sinai Hospital, remarked of the alarming increase in numbers that have tripled in the past 2½ years.

Dr. Crane stated that new patients are being identified for the last year and a half with cancer, 10 to 15 times a week, every week. As of June 30, 2016, 5,441 patients have enrolled in the program with 6,378 separate cancers, an increase of 1,822 victims from January 2014. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Toxic Substances |

Import of Laxachem Products Halted by FDA due to Inspection Issues

Laxachem manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) for repackers, labelers, and wholesale drug distributors, some of which do business with manufacturing facilities in the United States. One of the drugs Laxachem manufactures is Docusate Sodium USP, a stool softener that is often prescribed by doctors for the treatment of bowel movement problems.

On August 11, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) placed Laxachem Organics Pvt. Ltd., Ahmednagar, from Maharashtra, India on import alert after the company had refused FDA investigators access to their facility for inspection. This lack of cooperation led the agency to halt all Laxachem pharmaceutical products from entering the United States legally. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals |

11-Year-Old Girl Goes Nearly Bald After Using Wen Hair Product

An 11-year-old girl suffered hair loss and went nearly bald after using Wen cleansing conditioner, but she isn’t the only one. More than 21,000 complaints have been filed over celebrity hairstylist Chaz Dean’s line of Wen hair products alleging hair loss, hair breakage and other issues. In the young girl’s case, she noticed large bald spots after using Wen cleansing conditioner three times.

Her hair continued to fall out even after she stopped using the product, leaving her nearly bald. Her mother says her hair is still not back to its former state, Inquisitr reports. They have joined 200 other consumers in a class action lawsuit against Wen creator Chaz Dean. The little girl says she was teased relentlessly by her peers at school, and eventually homeschooled. When she lost her hair, the girl said she was worried that she may have cancer or another serious medical condition. Continue reading

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Patrons at Long Island, New York Restaurant May Have Been Exposed to Hepatitis A

People who had a beverage at Trento, a restaurant in East Farmingdale, New York, in mid- to late July may have been exposed to hepatitis A.

The Suffolk County Health Services Department said people who were exposed may be eligible for free treatment, Newsday reports. Continue reading

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Bill Proposes to Give FDA More Authority on Cosmetics

Compared to drugs and medical devices, there are few regulations in place to assure the safety of a cosmetic product. A new bill, introduced by senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), seeks change. The proposed legislation would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to assess the safety of at least 5 chemicals used in cosmetics every year. Those reviews would be financed by collecting fees from the industry. Additionally, the bill would give the FDA authority to mandate a recall, demand safety data from companies and order them to report any health complaints from customers.

There have been instances where the safety of a cosmetic product has been called into question. Wen Hair Care products, for instance, has received more than 21,000 complaints of itching, rashes and hair loss. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that some hair straightening products contain formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been linked to allergic reactions, hair loss, rashes, blisters and other issues. Continue reading

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Teva Pharmaceuticals Initiates Voluntary Recall due to Potential Glass Particulate Matter

Teva Pharmaceuticals based in North Wales, Pennsylvania, announced a voluntary recall of seven lots of Amikacin Sulfate Injection USP, 500 mg/2mL and 1 tram/4mL vials as a result of the potential presence of glass particulate matter.

Amikacin Sulfate Injection is used in the short-term treatment of serious infection due to strains of Gram-negative bacteria, and has been shown to be effective in treating staphylococcal infections. Continue reading

Posted in Health Concerns, Pharmaceuticals, Product Recalls, Recalled Drugs |

No Settlement Reached in IVC Filter MDL Conference

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) consolidated Cook IVC filter lawsuits, in October 2014, into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Over 500 plaintiffs have joined the litigation, all alleging to have been injured by Cook Celect and Gunther Tulip IVC filters.

A settlement conference held in June, 2016 was unsuccessful in finding common ground to move forward with the early bellwether cases, scheduled to begin in 2017, to be tried before juries. According to the court statement, the conference was concluded “without further order. If a settlement is not reached, all pending cases will be remanded back to their original courts of filing for individual trials. Continue reading

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