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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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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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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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Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Fracking Releasing Hazardous Chemicals into Local Waterways

Study shows two hazardous chemicals—ammonium & iodide—are being released & spilled into Pennsylvania and W.Virginia waterways from fracking operations in Marcellus shale.

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DePuy ASR Hip Implants, Other Faulty Medical Devices Subject to Little FDA Oversight, Investigation Finds

A newly-published investigation from ProPublica has revealed that several questionable types of medical devices, including DePuy Orthopaedic’s recalled ASR hip implant, managed to make it to market without much scrutiny on the part of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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Colorado Woman Sues American Medical Systems Over Transvaginal Mesh Injuries

Parker Waichman LLP, a national law firm, just filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Colorado woman allegedly injured by transvaginal mesh products manufactured by American Medical Systems, Inc. The suit was filed on May 21, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. ...

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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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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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Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine Life-Threatening in Children

Post -Tonsillectomy Morphine can be Life-Threatening in Children, Study Finds

A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that morphine can result in life-threatening respiratory problems when given to children after a tonsillectomy.

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Depakote Anti-Epilepsy Medication Linked to Birth Defects

Depakote Anti-Epilepsy Medication Linked to Birth Defects

The family of a 12-year-old child has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the young girl who underwent an extremely difficult operation, along with her mother, while she was still in the womb. The highly complicated open fetal surgery took … Continue reading

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$15 Million in Damages Awarded to Child for Birth Defects Linked to Depakote

$15M Awarded to Child for Defects Linked to Depakote

This week a St. Louis jury found that a Minnesota girl’s birth defects were caused by the epilepsy medication Depakote her mother took during pregnancy and the jury awarded the child $15 million in damages. The jury returned the unanimous … Continue reading

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British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate Risk in Pregnancy

British Health Agency Strengthens Warnings about Valproate

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Britain’s drug regulatory agency, has issued a statement urging healthcare professionals to give women better information on the risk of birth defects when Depakote and other valproate medicines are used during pregnancy. … Continue reading

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Epilepsy Medications Tied to Additional Fetal Risks

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An emerging study has found that anti-epileptic drugs—AEDs—contain additional risks to developing fetuses to those on current drug product labeling. AEDs include the brands Tegretol, Carbatrol, Equetro, Epitol, Lomotrigine, and Depakote. The active ingredient in Depakote is valproate. The Danish … Continue reading

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Study: Reducing Valproate Dose Could Help Minimize Some, Not All, Birth Defects

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Valproate-containing epilepsy drugs have long been linked to serious adverse health effects, including risks of babies being born with birth defects. Depakote is a valproate-containing medication. For instance, while use of epilepsy medications during pregnancy has been associated with congenital … Continue reading

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Abbott Labs Accused of Racketeering in Depakote Marketing

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A federal court complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago alleges that Abbott Laboratories engaged in racketeering when it marketed the epilepsy drug Depakote (divalproex) for unapproved uses. The plaintiffs—the Sidney Hillman Health Center of Rochester, New York; the … Continue reading

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Judge Rules Abbott Can be Sued for Off-label Depakote Sales

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U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall recently upheld a shareholder derivative complaint against Abbott Laboratories for its off-label marketing of the drug Depakote. Physicians are allowed to prescribe drugs for off-label uses, but drug companies are not permitted to market drugs … Continue reading

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FDA: Migraine Medication, Depakote, May Lower IQ Scores in Children

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United States regulators are warning pregnant women who also suffer from migraine headaches that Depakote may lower a child’s IQ score by eight to 11 points. Depakote is being changed from a Category D to a Category X drug classification. … Continue reading

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FDA Warns Pregnant Women: Do Not Take Valproate Containing Migraine Prevention Drugs During Pregnancy

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to pregnant women against using valproate sodium products, prescribed for migraine prevention, over risks to their unborn babies. Valproate products include Depacon (valproate sodium); Depakote, Depakote CP, and Depakote … Continue reading

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FDA: Seizure Drug, Potiga, Associated with Vision Loss, Blue Skin

Anti-seizure medication, Potiga, co-marketed by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals, may lead to optical and skin problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said. Potiga, which was developed by Valeant, may cause skin to turn blue around the … Continue reading

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