Monthly Archives: July 2016

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Actos, Avandia May Up Risk for Diabetic Macular Edema

A newly published study is raising concerns that patients who take Actos or Avandia may face an increased risk of developing diabetic macular edema, an eye disorder that can result in vision loss. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found that type 2 diabetics who use thiazolidinediones, ...

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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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Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Concerns Grow in Canada

Canadian patients and doctors are voicing more concerns about metal-on-metal hip replacements, as health regulators around the world continue to investigate the safety of the devices. According to a report from the CBC, four companies have recently either recalled or suspended sales of metal-on-metal hip replacement devices, while a number ...

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MTA Bus Crash and Two Cars Injures 23 at Utica Ave. & Clarendon Rd

Crash Involving MTA Bus and Two Cars Injures 23

Police are investigating an accident in Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon that injured 23 people, 3 of them critically, when a car was knocked into the path of an MTA bus.

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Geodon the antipsychotic drug can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction

Geodon can Cause Deadly Skin Reaction, FDA Warns

The FDA has required a new warning label for the antipsychotic drug Geodon (ziprasidone) to include the risk of a potentially fatal skin reaction.

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Johnson & Johnson Facing More Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Woes, as DePuy Pinnacle Complaints Rise

Having already spent around $3 billion on its DePuy Orthopaedics ASR hip implant recall, Johnson & Johnson is facing another potential debacle involving a metal-on-metal version of its Pinnacle Hip Replacement System. According to a report from Reuters, Johnson & Johnson and its DePuy unit already face some 1,600 metal-on-metal ...
Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh

Tennessee Woman Alleges Boston Scientific Transvaginal Mesh Product Caused Painful Injuries

More reports of painful injuries are being linked to transvaginal mesh. This time, a Tennessee woman has filed a lawsuit against Boston Scientific over its Advantage Transvaginal Mid-Urethral Sling System.

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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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E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

E-cigarettes Could Increase Risk of Lung Infections

New research suggests the liquid used in electronic cigarettes could increase the risk of viral lung infections, regardless of whether it contains nicotine.

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Levaquin Complaint can be Amended to Include FDA Warning, Court Says

Levaquin Complaint can be Amended to Include FDA Warning

In May 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned about the risks of fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include Levaquin, Avelox and Cipro. The agency said that, given the risk of potentially permanent side effects, these medications should only be … Continue reading

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Zithromax Linked to Rare but Extremely Serious Skin Side Effect

Zithromax Linked to Rare but Very Serious Skin Side Effect

Zithromax, a widely prescribed antibiotic, has been linked to a number of severe side effects, including the serious allergic skin reactions Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Stevens-Johnson is “a rare, serious disorder” of the skin and mucous … Continue reading

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FDA Updates Abilify Label to Include Compulsive Behaviors

FDA Updates Abilify Label to Include Compulsive Behaviors

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the warning label on Abilify, Abilify Maintena, Aristada and generic aripiprazole to include information about compulsive behavior. According to the safety announcement, there have been reports of uncontrollable urges to gamble, … Continue reading

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FDA Revises Warning Label on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

FDA Revises Warning Label on Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved labeling changes on fluoroquinolone antibiotics, which include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets, moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin and gemifloxacin (Factive). In a news release issued Tuesday, the agency said the Boxed … Continue reading

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Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit Update: “Sequence Discovery” Issue

Zofran Birth Defect Case Update: “Sequence Discovery” Issue

Plaintiffs in more than 200 birth defect lawsuits have raised concerns over the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) new proposal for Sequenced Discovery. Parents say the company neglected to warn patients and health experts of its anti-nausea drug Zofran’s alleged potential … Continue reading

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Invega Users Troubled by Range of Side Effects

Patients taking the psychiatric medication Invega, approved for the treatment of schizophrenia, face a range of side effects, some of which can persist even after the patient stops taking the drug. Invega (paliperidone) is made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Invega is … Continue reading

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Dilantin Linked to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a Dangerous Skin Condition

Dilantin Linked to Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

Dilantin, the anti-epileptic drug that has been in use for decades is one of many drugs associated with the related skin conditions Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). Though these conditions are rare, when they do occur they … Continue reading

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Levaquin Plaintiffs Allowed to Include Updated FDA Safety Warnings in Legal Complaints

Levaquin Plaintiffs Able to Use Updated FDA Safety Warnings

Hundreds of product liability lawsuits involving the fluoroquinolone antibiotics Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox are moving toward trial in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. In June 2016, the court granted a motion from the … Continue reading

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Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

Tainted Medical Scopes Allegedly Cause Superbug Infections

The Olympus Corporation, based in Japan, was allegedly aware of superbug outbreaks in three countries as early as 2013 and did not alert American hospitals about possibly deadly infections from contaminated medical scopes known as duodenoscopes. After two-dozen infections were … Continue reading

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Xarelto Lawsuits Have Added Credibility Based on Scholarly Studies

Xarelto Cases Added Credibility Based on Scholarly Studies

The makers of Xarelto, an anticoagulant that was credited as a breakthrough in blood clot prevention, is battling numerous lawsuits. An alleged connection between an elevated risk for serious hemorrhages and Xarelto are now being lent possible increased credibility through … Continue reading

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