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Study Linking Z-Pak to Increased Death Risk Being Reviewed by FDA

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing a new study that reported an increased risk of sudden, heart-related deaths among people using the antibiotic Zithromax (azithromycin), known popularly as Z-Pak. In a statement issued late yesterday, the FDA said patients being treated with Zithromax should not stop taking ...

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Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

Long Island Car Crash Kills 1 Person, Injures 2 More

A car accident on LI left one person dead & two more critically injured. The crash occurred Monday in Deer Park on Straight Path, south of Sagamore Lane.

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Canadian Study Finds Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk by 22 Percent

Yet another study is confirming the association between the diabetes drug, Actos, and bladder cancer. This latest research, published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that taking Actos raised the risk of bladder cancer among diabetics by about one-fifth.

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First Bard Avaulta Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuit Scheduled for February Trial in MDL

The first test trials in the federal C.R. Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh litigation will most likely start next year, according to a report from Bloomberg News. About 600 lawsuits involving Bard Avaulta transvaginal mesh products are currently pending in the multidistrict litigation underway Charleston, West Virginia. U.S. District Judge Joseph ...

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Newly-Filed Plavix Lawsuits Claim Drug Caused Gastrointestinal Bleeds, Cerebral Hemorrhage, and TTP

The manufacturer of Plavix continues to be named in lawsuits alleging the blood thinner caused some patients to suffer from serious bleeding side effects. Most recently, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed nine Plavix bleeding lawsuits in state court in New York.

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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

3 people, injured on Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. when a LIRR train hit a livery cab on the tracks west of Wyandanch station. The train engineer, who suffered a shoulder injury.

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First DePuy ASR Hip Implant Lawsuits Head to Trial in December, January

The first trials involving lawsuits filed against DePuy Orthopaedics by recipients of its recalled ASR Hip Implants will begin later this year, and early next year. The first is slated to start on December 3, 2012 in state court in Las Vegas, Nevada. A second DePuy ASR hip implant lawsuit ...

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FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

Following Deadly Outbreaks, FDA Questions Device Makers about Duodenoscope Cleaning Procedures

In light of a recent outbreak linked to contaminated duodenoscopes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is questioning manufacturers about their methods for cleaning the devices, the New York Times reports. The specialized scopes, which have been linked to several outbreaks in recent years, most recently infected seven patients ...

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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuit Filed by West Virginia Resident

Actos (pioglitazone) continues to be named in lawsuits alleging long-term use of the type 2 diabetes drug caused patients to develop bladder cancer. Just last week, the national law firm of Parker Waichman LLP filed suit against Takeda Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a West Virginia man who developed bladder cancer ...

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Bronx Teenager Killed in Hit-and-Run, Second Teen Injured

A Port Jefferson Station man was killed on Wednesday in a single-vehicle crash on the Northern State Pkwy in Dix Hills west of Exit 42. He was driving a Nissan Altima.

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Following Complaints over Sunscreen, Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Faces Scrutiny

After consumers have publicly complained about the ineffectiveness of its sunscreen, Jessica Alba’s Honest Company is under scrutiny. The Honest Company promises to sell “safe and eco-friendly household and baby care products” and markets an SPF 30 sunscreen with “broad spectrum, mineral-based protection.” According to some consumers, however, the product did little to protect them against burns. Some have taken to social media platforms to express their frustration. One twitter user posted a photo of his reddened scalp and tweeted “this is my very real result from Honest 30 SPF sunscreen. Only spent 1 hour outside. Burnt.” CNBC reports.

NBC Chicago interviewed Gretta Stabler, who applied the product on her 6-year-old daughter four times over a three hour period. “She got really burned on her arms, shoulders, legs, face, pretty much everywhere. I was angry,” Stabler said. Continue reading

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FDA Cautions Against Mixing Up Brintellix with Brilinta

Some doctors and pharmacies have confused two different drugs with similar-sounding names, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The agency said that it has Brintellix and Brilinta. Brintellix is an antidepressant sold by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Astra Zeneca’s Brilinta is a blood thinner prescribed to patients who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain. The FDA said it received 50 reports of medication errors; there were 12 instances where doctors prescribed the wrong drug or the pharmacy dispensed the incorrect medication. The agency is not aware of any cases where the wrong drug was taken.

The FDA says there have been reports of medication errors since Brintellix’s approval in 2013. The two drugs have some similarities in appearance; the letter T is stamped on both tablets and in some cases both are yellow. Consumers should be aware of a few differences. Brintellix is a tear-shaped tablet stamped with the letters “TL” whereas Brilinta is a round, yellow tablet stamped with “T 90”. Continue reading

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FDA Cautions Against Mixing Up Brintellix with Brilinta

Some doctors and pharmacies have confused two different drugs with similar-sounding names, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned. The agency said that it has Brintellix and Brilinta. Brintellix is an antidepressant sold by Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Astra Zeneca’s Brilinta is a blood thinner prescribed to patients who have had a heart attack or severe chest pain. The FDA said it received 50 reports of medication errors; there were 12 instances where doctors prescribed the wrong drug or the pharmacy dispensed the incorrect medication. The agency is not aware of any cases where the wrong drug was taken.

The FDA says there have been reports of medication errors since Brintellix’s approval in 2013. The two drugs have some similarities in appearance; the letter T is stamped on both tablets and in some cases both are yellow. Consumers should be aware of a few differences. Brintellix is a tear-shaped tablet stamped with the letters “TL” whereas Brilinta is a round, yellow tablet stamped with “T 90”. Continue reading

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New Lawsuit Filed Against Janssen Pharmaceuticals Over Levaquin Nerve Damage

Lawsuit Filed Against (Levaquin) Janssen Pharmaceuticals

Lawsuit Filed Against (Levaquin) Janssen Pharmaceuticals


Janssen Pharmaceuticals and drug distributor McKeeson Corp. were hit with a lawsuit last week in Pennsylvania federal court by a Texas woman who says the companies failed to warn of known dangers of the antibiotic Levaquin, which she alleges caused her permanent nerve damage.

The woman was administered Levaquin both during and after heart surgery in 2006, and in her complaint she contends that the drug maker did not warn either physicians or patients that using the drug could result in permanent nerve damage. The suit said that from 2004 until 2013, the drug carried a confusing label that advised consumers the side effect was rare and symptoms would disappear when the drug was discontinued, Law360 reports. Continue reading

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Levaquin Linked to Mitochondrial Toxicity in FDA Report

Levaquin Linked to Mitochondrial Toxicity in FDA Report

Levaquin Linked to Mitochondrial Toxicity in FDA Report


The antibiotic Levofloxacin, sold under the brand names Levaquin and Cipro, is in the flouroquinolone family and widely used to treat serious infections such as pneumonia and kidney infections. Recent reports, however, suggest that the drug is linked to a condition known as mitochondrial toxicity. ABC5 in Cleveland, Ohio that a 2013 report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified this risk but, has not publicly disclosed it. A review of the FDA’s adverse event database showed that Levofloxacin has been linked to 3,000 deaths and 200,000 complaints, ABC5 reports.

In 2008, the FDA placed a black box warning on the drug in 2008 warning of nerve damage and ruptured tendons. Continue reading

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Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 46 in the Bronx, Kills 4

Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 46 in the Bronx

Outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease Sickens 46 in the Bronx


Since July 10th, 46 people have acquired Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx and four people have died. According WABC, positive samples of the bacteria have been found in air conditioning at a hospital and a complex with a movie theater. Authorities are currently unsure as to whether the contaminated equipment is linked to the outbreak.

According to Mayo Clinic, Legionnaires’ disease is caused by exposure to legionella bacteria and mostly affects the lungs. Initial symptoms include headache, muscle pain chills and fever that may be 104 F or higher; these symptoms may occur two to 10 days after being exposed. Coughing (may bring up mucus and blood), shortness of breath, chest pain, gastrointestinal symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea) and confusion may occur by the second or third day. Continue reading

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FDA Failed to Warn Public of Serious Side Effect Linked to Antibiotic Levaquin

FDA Failed to Warn Public of Levaquin Side Effect

FDA Failed to Warn Public of Levaquin Side Effect


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to disclose a serious side effect associated with the family of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones identified in a 2013 agency report.

In an investigation, Cleveland television station ABC5 obtained a 2013 FDA report that raises concerns about possible “mitochondrial toxicity” associated with fluoroquinolones, which are marketed under brand names including Levaquin and Cipro and the generic form levofloxacin. These powerful antibiotics have been used to treat anthrax cases and are used for pneumonia and kidney infections. Continue reading

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European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs in Light of Contamination Issues

European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs

European Regulators Review Medtronic’s InductOs


The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will be reviewing Medtronic’s InductOs following reports of contamination problems at a site that manufacturers one of the product’s components. InductOs is an implantable bone development product used in patients undergoing spinal fusion in the lower back and in surgeries to repair broken tibia. The kit InductOs is sold as contains its active ingredient dibotermin alfa and an absorbable collagen sponge (ACS) manufactured by Integra LifeSciences.

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS) reports that the contamination problems were from a site in the United States that manufactures the ACS in InductOs. In January 2014, inspectors identified “a number of major deficiencies” and Integra was issued a corrective action plan. Because of the contamination issues, the company was not allowed to import the sponge to the EU until inspectors could return and “assess the progress in eliminating the major deficiencies”. Continue reading

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UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled for Choking Hazard

UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled

UPPAbaby Strollers and RumbleSeats Recalled


On July 23, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 79,000 UPPAbaby strollers in the U.S. and Canada because the foam covering of the bumper bar could pose a choking hazard.

The recall includes the UPPAbaby 2015 CRUZ and 2015 VISTA strollers and 2015 RumbleSeats. The child can bite off and choke on the foam covering of the bumper bar. Continue reading

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Children’s Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall of Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy Tubes

Children's Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall

Children’s Breathing Difficulties Prompt Recall


Infants and children switched from older to newer models of Medtronic Shiley Neonatal and Pediatric Tracheostomy tubes developed breathing difficulties and this prompted Medtronic Inc. to recall 8,192 of the tubes in May.

In its recall announcement, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said there had been 12 reports of serious injuries associated with the Shiley tubes, but no deaths have been reported to date. Continue reading

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