Monthly Archives: January 2008

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Cancer Groups Call for E-cigarettes Regulation/Research


The American Society of Clinical Oncology & the American Association for Cancer Research called for government regulation & research of e-cigarettes on health effects.

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Pradaxa Named in Most FDA Adverse Event Reports for Deaths, Hemorrhage, Kidney Failure and Stroke

The controversial blood thinner, Pradaxa, surpassed all other drugs monitored by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in adverse event reports made to the agency last year. According to the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices’ (ISMP) latest QuarterWatch report, Pradaxa also topped the list for reports of deaths, ...

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Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Division to End Sales of Gynecare Prolift, Three Other Transvaginal Mesh Devices

Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc. division revealed yesterday that it will end sales of its Gynecare Prolift device and three other transvaginal mesh products. The plan to stop selling the four products was set forth in a letter filed by the company in the Ethicon transvaginal mesh multidistrict litigation ...

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FDA Panel Takes up Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Safety Today

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is convening a meeting starting today to help decide the future of metal-on-metal hip implants following high-profile recalls and mounting questions about their overall safety.

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Canadian Warning Issued for Actos Bladder Cancer Side Effect Risk

Health Canada has become the most recent national drug regulator to issue a warning about Actos and bladder cancer. Last month, the agency warned that interim results from a 10-year-study indicated that patients taking Actos for more than a year faced an increased risk of bladder cancer. Health Canada also ...

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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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Scientist Calls for Federal Regulations for Fracking Pollution

Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling should be governed by federal regulations because its pollution has no awareness of state boundaries.

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Death in Those Taking Bactrim with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Sudden Death in Those Taking Bactrim Along with ACE Inhibitors or ARBs

Association between sudden death in those given Bactrim while already taking renin-angiotensin system blockers angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), heart medications.

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Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Brain Tumor

Study Suggests Hormonal Contraceptives Linked to Increased Brain Tumor Risk

A study of Danish women of reproductive age suggests that long-term use of hormonal contraceptives is associated with an increased risk of brain tumors.

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Johnson & Johnson Marketing of Gynecare Prolift Transvaginal Mesh Raises More Questions

Johnson & Johnson and its Ethicon unit are again coming under scrutiny for the way it marketed its Gynecare ProLift transvaginal mesh product. According to a new report from Bloomberg News, Johnson & Johnson continued marketing the Gynecare ProLift device for months after it received a warning from the ...

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Head Lice Drugs Toxic, FDA Warns

Linade Shampoo and Lindane Lotion, two popular used to treat head lice can be toxic, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned.   Morton Grove Pharmaceuticals, which makes Lindane Shampoo and Lindane Lotion, is the only U.S. maker of an … Continue reading

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NSF Study Finds Link between Gadolinium Used in MRI and Debilitating Disease

Another Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF) study has tied the debilitating condition to Gadolinium contrast agents used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).  This latest NSF research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which examined a cluster of NSF … Continue reading

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NuCel Eye Drops, Ear Wash Recalled over Contamination Concerns

NuCel-brand eye drops and eye-ear wash are subject to a voluntary, nationwide recall due to possible contamination, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today. According to the FDA, the NuCel products are not sterile. NuCel Labs of Idaho … Continue reading

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US “Abortion Pill” Supplier Caught up in Chineses Tainted Drug Scandal, Leading to RU-486 Safety Concerns

The Chinese manufacturer of the so-called “abortion pill” is accused of selling tainted cancer drugs in that country.  Shanghai Hualian is the only supplier to the U.S. of the abortion pill, mifepristone—or RU-486.   It is one of China’s largest state-owned … Continue reading

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Zyprexa Illegal Marketing Could Cost Eli Lilly $1 Billion+

< "">Zyprexa maker Eli Lilly is in negotiations with state and federal prosecutors that could result in the company paying more than $1 billion to settle charges that it engaged in illegal off-label marketing of Zyprexa. According to The Wall … Continue reading

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Avandia Study Leaked by Glaxo-Paid Reviewer

The < "">Avandia study that touched off a firestorm over the diabetes drug’s cardiac side effects was leaked to GlaxoSmithKline ahead of its publication in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  According to a report in the Wall Street … Continue reading

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Tonsillectomy Patients Often Burned by Defective Cauterizing Devices

< "">Defective cauterizing devices used during tonsillectomy often burn areas around the lips and mouth. As it turns out, these cauterizing device burns are an underreported complication of tonsillectomy that can result in long-term problems, according to a study reported … Continue reading

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Similar Drug Names Often Lead to Tragic Consequences

Like sounding drug names could be behind a spike in < "">medication errors.  Shockingly, medication mix-ups have more than doubled in the past few years since 2004 and can have deadly consequences.  The prevailing issue seems to be the result … Continue reading

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Botox to Undergo Canadian Safety Review

< "">Botox death reports have prompted Canadian regulatory authorities to take another look at the drug.  Health Canada is looking at the safety information on Botox, which is approved in Canada to fight wrinkles as well as for non-cosmetic purposes, … Continue reading

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Florida Vioxx Plaintiffs Look to Expand Settlement

< "">Vioxx plaintiffs in Florida are petitioning a federal court to expand Merck’s proposed $4.85 billion settlement to include those who did not file suit against the company by Nov. 9, 2007.  But many lawyers involved in the Vioxx settlement … Continue reading

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