Another medication has been tied to a dangerous, sometimes fatal, skin reaction. This time, an oral cancer medication, Capecitabine (Xeloda), has been tied to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN).
SJS and TEN are typically the result of medication use and are potentially fatal disorders that involve cell death in the skin and mucus membranes. SJS blistering usually occurs in the mouth, eyes, and vagina; blistering can spread to internal organs. SJS can also cause patchy areas of rash that ultimately peel off the skin, scarring, and blindness. TEN, an extremely severe form of SJS, occurs when over 30 percent of the body is involved. Both SJS and TEN typically require hospital burn unit treatment. Continue reading
In its second warning this month, Intuitive Surgical Inc., the manufacturer of the da Vinci robot surgery system, advised physicians that friction in the arms of some devices might cause unit stalls.
The Urgent Medical Device Recall notice was issued on November 11 and involved 1,386 da Vinci systems across the globe, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bloomberg.com reported. The stalls may lead to a sudden, so-called “catch-up” should the surgeon push through the resistance, according to the FDA. Continue reading
Two passengers who were traveling on the Metro-North train that derailed just outside of Manhattan this weekend have filed a notice of claim against the railroad.
The move is the first step in lawsuits that seek damages tied to the accident, according to CNN. Four people perished in the crash. Another 67 were injured, some seriously.
Retired Army colonel and dentist, Denise Williams alleges that she suffered fractures to her spine, collarbone, and ribs and was trapped inside an overturned train car for about one hour, according to her attorney. The lawsuit will accuse the commuter rail—not the train engineer—of negligence because negligence claims must be filed against the railroad and cannot legally be filed against the engineer, who has admitted to nodding off when the train sped into a sharp curve, according to CNN. Continue reading
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) permitted sale of a device—the BSD-2000—which is used to combat cervical cancer in women who are too ill to undergo chemotherapy. At issues is that the device has not been fully tested.
The BSD-2000 uses intense heat to kill off cancer cells and is only used in very specific circumstances when women are extremely ill from cervical cancer, according to The New York Times. In the two years since the device was sold, those few hospitals that purchased the BSD-2000, a $500,000 device, have not participated in a patient study that the manufacturer agreed to perform as part of the device’s approval. In fact, cancer experts have said they were surprised the regulators cleared the BSD-200 to begin with. Continue reading
A recent study reveals that consumption of sugary drinks is tied to an increased risk of endometrial cancer in post-menopausal women.
Prior research also found an association between sugar-sweetened beverages and Type 2 diabetes; however, this is the first study to see the same tie with a specific type of endometrial cancer, according to The New York Times Well blog. Continue reading
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just issued a Safety Communication that warns the public that Onfi (clobazam), an anti-seizure medication, can lead to the rare, but very serious skin reaction, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS). SJS can be fatal and can lead to permanent injury.
SJS and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN) are usually the result of medication use and are potentially fatal disorders that involve cell death in the skin and mucus membranes. SJS blistering of the mucous membranes usually occurs in the mouth, eyes, and vagina; blistering can spread to internal organs. SJS can also cause patchy areas of rash that ultimately peel off the skin, scarring, and blindness. TEN is a very severe form of SJS and occurs when over 30 percent of the body is involved. Both SJS and TEN typically require hospital burn unit treatment. Continue reading
IQ Formulations, of Sunrise, Florida, is initiating a voluntary recall of all lots of its 45-capsule bottles of Hydravax due to the inclusion of an unlisted ingredient.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised IQ Formulations that an analysis of a sample from Hydravax Lot #2458 (Exp # 07/16) revealed the presence of an undeclared ingredient, identified as a diuretic. Diuretics are prescription drugs. The product is sold nationwide in stores and by mail order in 45-capsule bottles, to aid in weight loss by eliminating water weight. Continue reading
Research recently reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) links an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes to the use of effervescent, soluble medicines.
A research team from Britain’s University of Dundee and University College London found that people taking the maximum daily dose of some “fizzy” versions of painkillers, vitamin supplements, or other common medicines would exceed the daily recommended limits for sodium, Reuters reports. This does not take into account other daily sodium sources. Continue reading
Close to half of the babies that are born using advanced fertility methods are part of multiple births—twins, triplets, etc.—according to emerging federal figures.
While large multiple births have dropped, likely following the notorious “Octomom” case, writes The Associated Press (AP), twin births continue to occur at the same rate. At issue, according to fertility specialists, is that twins have increased risks for significant health problems, including higher risks for premature births. Continue reading
The Metro-North commuter train that derailed in the Bronx just about 10 miles outside of New York City was traveling at high speeds as it went into a curve just before jumping the tracks.
At the 30 mile-per-hour (mph) curve, the train was speeding at 82 mph, according to initial information, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) just said, according to FoxNews. Earl Weener, NTSB board member, stated that it is too early to say if human or equipment error led to the deadly crash. “That’s the question we need to answer,” Weener said at a news conference.
Four people died and dozens were injured in the crash. Continue reading