Monthly Archives: October 2015

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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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Dozens Receive Nonsterile Simulated Saline Solution

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The FDA said last week that more than 40 patients had received intravenous simulated saline that was not sterile and was not intended for human use.

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Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

Exposure to Common Pesticide May Increase ADHD Risk

A new study has found that exposure to a common household pesticide may increase the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

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Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Australian Health Agency Issues Warning for Battery Problem with Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation Devices

Warning for Medtronic InterStim Neurostimulation DevicesTGA has issued a safety warning for InterStim and InterStim II neurostimulation devices, because of possible early depletion of the battery.

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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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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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Federal Judge Certifies Medtronic Infuse Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit

A shareholder lawsuit alleging Medtronic Inc. illegally promoted the off-label use of its Infuse bone growth product has been granted class action status by U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of Minnesota. According to a report from Law360.com, the Medtronic Infuse off-label promotion lawsuit was filed by several institutional investors on ...

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New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council Calls for Zadroga Act to be Renewed

New York City Council members are calling for the Zadroga Act, which provides compensation and medical treatment to 9/11 victims, to be renewed. According to press release issued Jan. 7, a resolution was introduced by Council Member Margaret Chin, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Council Members Paul Vallone and I. ...

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Federal DePuy ASR Hip Implant Trials Likely to Start This Year

It looks as though the first trials in the DePuy ASR hip implant multidistrict litigation could begin sometime later this year. According to a report from Bloomberg News, during a status conference held yesterday in Florida, attorneys for both plaintiffs and the defense told U.S. District Judge David Katz that ...

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Canadian Study Confirms Actos Bladder Cancer Risk

A new study conducted by Canadian researchers has found that users of the type 2 diabetes drug, Actos (pioglitazone), may face a higher risk of developing bladder cancer than first thought. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that taking Actos for two years doubles the likelihood ...

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Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Filed after Strangulation Death

Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit Filed after Strangulation Death

There are questions of abuse and neglect surrounding the death of a nursing home resident in North Carolina. According to Star News Online, Mary Bowling was an 89-year-old widow at Carolina Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her death certificate and … Continue reading

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European Medicines Agency Seeks Market Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

Euro Medicines Agency Seeks Suspension of Medtronic InductOs

The European Union’s medical device regulator has recommended suspension of the marketing authorization for Medtronic’s InductOs bone growth device until issues at a U.S. plant that makes a component of the device are resolved. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) launched … Continue reading

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Texas Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Possibly Contaminated Sterile Drug Products

Texas Compounding Pharmacy Recalls Contaminated Products

A Dallas, Texas compounding pharmacy that has previously been cited for safety issues by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), once again faces problems with the federal drug regulator. Downing Labs in Farmers Branch was cited for failing to investigate … Continue reading

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Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths at PA Hospital

Device Used During Surgery Linked to 8 Infections, 4 Deaths

A device used to heat and cool a patient’s blood during heart surgery has been linked to infections in 8 patients at a Pennsylvania hospital. The New York Times reports that four of those patients have died, but it is … Continue reading

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Invokana Increases Risk of Bone Fractures, FDA Warns

Invokana Increases Risk of Bone Fractures

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety announcement in September warning patients and health care providers of an increased risk of bone fractures in patients taking the type 2 diabetes drugs Invokana and Invokamet (canagliflozin). The FDA deemed … Continue reading

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FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

FDA Requires Drug Interaction Studies for Kayexalate

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring the manufacturer of the potassium-lowering drug Kayexalate to conduct studies to investigate Kayexalate’s potential to affect how other medications work. The approved labeling for Kayexalate (sodium polystyrene sulfonate) describes its potential to … Continue reading

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Popular Acid Reflux Medications Associated with Serious Side Effects

Popular Acid Reflux Medications

Protein pump inhibitors, a class of widely used acid reflux medications that includes Nexium (esomeprazole), Prevacid (lansoprazole), and Prilosec (omeprazole). can have serious side effects. Dr. Shoshana J. Herzig of Harvard Medical School told the New York Times that they … Continue reading

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Due to Fire Risk, Toyota Recalls 6.5M Cars

Due to Fire Risk, Toyota Recalls 6.5M Cars

Due to a defect in the driver’s side window that presents a fire hazard, Toyota is recalling 6.5 million vehicles. The recall affects roughly 2 million cars in the US. The problem is that the power-window master switch may have … Continue reading

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Does the Flu Vaccine Carry Risks?

Does the Flu Vaccine Carry Risks?

As flu season is upon us, some may wonder whether there are any risks associated with getting the flu vaccine. This is addressed in a recent New York Times Ask Well blog, which responds to a reader question that asks … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Contraindications for Myrbetriq

FDA Updates Contraindications for Myrbetriq

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the label on Myrebetriq to include a new contraindication and additional information in the Warnings and Precautions section. The revised label now states that the drug, which is used to treat … Continue reading

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