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Cancer Groups Issue Statement for Regulation of E-cigarettes

Cancer Groups Issue Statement Calling for Research and Regulation of E-cigarettes

The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research are calling on the government to regulate e-cigarettes.

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Sleep Aids Can Increase Alzheimer’s Risk

A new study has found that over-the-counter sleeping aids and anti-allergy medicines can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

Major Retailers Accused of Selling Fraudulent Herbal Supplements

The NYS attorney general’s office has accused four national retailers of selling fraudulent dietary supplements.

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Estate of Kentucky Man Alleges Wrongful Death Due to Actos Bladder Cancer

National law firm, Parker Waichman LLP, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Kentucky man who developed bladder cancer and subsequently died, allegedly due to the use of diabetes drug, Actos. The lawsuit names Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, ...

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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Actos Side Effects Lawyers Says Whistleblower Revelations Could Boost Bladder Cancer, Heart Failure Lawsuits

An attorney with a prominent personal injury law firm says an Actos whistleblower lawsuit filed earlier this year could strengthen legal claims alleging the type 2 diabetes medication caused some users to develop bladder cancer and heart failure.

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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Device

Wright Medical Inc. took steps in to 2006 to convince the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to reject pre-market approval of rival Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham metal-on-metal hip implant. Wright Medical, which makes two metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, the Conserve and the Lieneage device, filed a citizen petition ...

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Oklahoma Woman Latest to Head to Court Over Alleged DePuy ASR Hip Implant Injuries

Lawsuits filed by alleged victims of DePuy Orthopaedics’ recalled ASR hip replacement devices continue to pile up in the multidistrict litigation currently underway in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio. Most recently, a woman from Pryor, Oklahoma, filed suit alleging complications caused by a DePuy ASR hip implant ...

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Another Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit Filed in DePuy ASR Hip Implant Litigation

A vital food safety program was saved from budget cuts this week, enabling the country’s largest—although considered by experts to be far too small—produce-safety testing program to continue.

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FDA Renews Warnings of the Dangers of Pure Powdered Caffeine

Because pure powdered caffeine products “are dangerous and present a significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury to consumers,” the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warning letters to five distributors of pure powdered caffeine and the agency has renewed warnings to consumers about this substance.

A teaspoon of pure caffeine is roughly equal to 28 cups of coffee. A tablespoon of pure caffeine can be lethal. A 100-gram package (which is about 3.5 ounces) can have as much caffeine as 400 “tall” cups of Starbucks coffee, 1,250 cans of Red Bull or 3,000 cans of Coke, the New York Times reports. In 2014, two otherwise healthy young men died after using too much pure caffeine, prompting the FDA to issue a safety warning. Continue reading

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FDA Allows Sales of 700 Generic Medicines Banned by European Medicines Agency

FDA Allows Sales of 700 Generic Medicines Banned by Europe

FDA Allows Sales of 700 Generic Medicines Banned by Europe


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) instituted a ban on about 700 generic medicines that were approved based in part on what were said to be flawed clinical studies conducted at GVK BioSciences, a contract research organization based in Hyderabad, India.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it found no systemic issues affecting the safety or efficacy of generic drugs tested at GVK BioSciences, but the FDA said it supports Europe’s ban, according to Outsourcing-Pharma.com. The banned medicines include different formulations and strengths. Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Diabetes Drugs that Can Cause Disabling Joint Pain

FDA Warns of Diabetes Drug that Causes Disabling Joint Pain

FDA Warns of Diabetes Drug that Causes Disabling Joint Pain


On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned diabetes patients that an entire class of diabetes drugs can cause severe and disabling joint pain.

The drugs include Januvia (sitagliptin), Onglyza (saxagliptin), Tradjenta (linagliptin) and Nesina (alogliptin). They are all in the same class and work by making more insulin available to the body. Continue reading

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FDA is Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Stop Foodborne Illnesses

FDA is Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Stop Illnesses

FDA is Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Stop Illnesses


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing whole genome sequencing to quickly detect and stop the spread of foodborne illnesses, Business Insider reports. The process offers huge advantages over the previous method, where samples from sick patients were tested to see if infections were caused by the same pathogen. Once enough matches appeared, the sick individuals were interviewed by epidemiologists to see if a common food was responsible for the outbreak. This method, however, does not conclusively find the cause and is time-consuming. “While all of this was going on, more contaminated product was getting out into the public,” said Dr. Steven Musser, deputy director for scientific operations at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, according to Business Insider.

The FDA is now having state and federal labs map out the exact genome of strains of foodborne pathogens such as Listeria and Salmonella. The National Institutes of Health houses a public database, known as GenomeTrakr where all the sequences are uploaded. Whole genome sequences allows scientists to distinguish a pathogen from related species, as well as slight mutations within the same strain. Continue reading

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FDA Takes Action Against Three Tobacco Companies over “Additive-Free” and “Natural” Marketing Claims

FDA Takes Action Against Three Tobacco Companies

FDA Takes Action Against Three Tobacco Companies

Three tobacco companies—ITG Brands LLC, Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company Inc., and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd.—have received warning letters from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over “additive-free” and/or “natural” claims on their cigarette labels.

ITG Brands LLC makes Winston cigarettes, labeled additive-free; Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company’s Natural American Spirit cigarettes are labeled additive-free and natural; and Sherman’s 1400 Broadway N.Y.C. Ltd.’s Nat Sherman cigarettes are labeled natural, WebMD reports. The companies may not represent “implicitly or explicitly . . . that the product presents a lower risk of tobacco-related disease,” the FDA news release says. Continue reading

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Stryker Recalls Orthopedic Devices that May Have Been Damaged in Shipping

Stryker Recalls Orthopedic Devices

Stryker Recalls Orthopedic Devices


Medical device maker Stryker Corporation is recalling nearly 17,000 orthopedic implant devices because of potential of damage during shipping.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notice lists five devices included in the recall: the rHead lateral stem and Recon radial implant, both for replacement of the proximal end of the forearm’s radius bone; the uHead ulnar implant and Sigmoid Notch radial plate, both for replacement of the distal radioulnar joint; and the Radio-Capitellum to improve elbow function, Medscape reports. Continue reading

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FDA Strengthens Heart Attack and Stoke Warnings for Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs

 FDA Strengthens Heart Attack & Stoke Warnings for NSAIDs

FDA Strengthens Heart Attack & Stoke Warnings for NSAIDs


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strengthened existing warnings on prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) Drug Facts labels to indicate that the drugs can increase the risk of a heart attack or stroke, which can lead to death.

These side effects can occur as early as the first weeks of using an NSAID, and the risk might rise the longer people take NSAIDs. (Aspirin is also an NSAID, but the revised warning does not apply to aspirin.) The OTC drugs covered by the revised warning in this group are used for the temporary relief of pain and fever and the prescription drugs are used to treat several kinds of arthritis and other painful conditions. Because many prescription and OTC medicines contain NSAIDs, consumers should avoid taking multiple medicines with the same active ingredient. Continue reading

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FDA Warns of Danger of Giving Codeine Cough-and-Cold Medicines to Children

FDA Warns of Giving Codeine Medicines to Children

FDA Warns of Giving Codeine Medicines to Children


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating the potential risks of using medicines with codeine to treat coughs and colds in children and has issued a Drug Safety Communication about such medicines. There is a potential for serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing.

Codeine is a type of opioid used to treat mild to moderate pain and reduce coughing. It is usually combined with other medications in prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) cough-and-cold medicines, according to the FDA. In April, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced that codeine must not be used to treat coughs and colds in children younger than 12. The EMA also said codeine is not recommended for children and teens between 12 and 18 who have breathing problems, such as asthma. The FDA will continue to evaluate this safety issue and will consider the EMA recommendations. Continue reading

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CarMax Accused of Selling Cars with Lethal Safety Defects; Senator Seeks Tighter Regulation

CarMax Accused of Selling Cars with Defects

CarMax Accused of Selling Cars with Defects


U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal has proposed new legislation to regulate the sale of used cars with unrepaired recalls with what he says can be lethal safety defects.

Blumenthal, the senior senator from Connecticut, is concerned about cars sold by CarMax. “CarMax advertises that all its vehicles must pass a rigorous ‘125 point inspection,’ but no inspection that routinely ignores outstanding safety recalls can be called ‘rigorous,'” Blumenthal said, according to television station WFSB. “Regardless of whether they are buying a new or used car, all consumers deserve to know they are buying a safe car.” Continue reading

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U.S. Representative Says CDC Withheld Data Linking MMR Vaccine and Autism

CDC Withheld Data Linking MMR Vaccine & Autism

CDC Withheld Data Linking MMR Vaccine & Autism


Florida U.S. Rep. Bill Posey recently presented evidence to Congress that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) destroyed data linking the MMR vaccine, (measles, mumps and Rubella) and autism.

Posey based his charges on the allegations from Dr. William Thompson, a 17-year veteran of the CDC, who became a whistleblower and charged that he was pressured to manipulate data in order to conceal possibly harmful side effects of the MMR vaccine, WND (WorldNetDaily) reports. Continue reading

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