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, ...
Victims of alleged Pradaxa injuries are awaiting word on whether their lawsuits will be consolidated in a multidistrict litigation. According to a report from The Madison Record, so far just over two dozen Pradaxa bleeding lawsuits have been filed in federal courts throughout the U.S.
An advisory panel for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began a highly-anticipated meeting yesterday to discuss the safety of metal-on-metal hip implants. Among other things, the panel of outside experts is being asked to make recommendations regarding the best practices for monitoring patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements. ...
Regulators in the U.K. are once again issuing advice to doctors and other healthcare professionals involved in the follow-up of patients with metal-on-metal hip replacement devices. In an alert issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), guidance is provided for four groups of metal-on-metal hip implant ...
In just a few years, the impact of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) drilling on northeastern Pennsylvania is hard to miss.
Thousands of natural gas wells have been opened in that area specifically in the last five years as companies look to exploit the vast Marcellus shale formation about two miles below the ...
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.
A new study from Finland has confirmed previous findings about a link between the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and higher risk of Type 2 diabetes. This study, published in the journal Diabetologia, avoided some of the limitations of earlier … Continue reading →
New Canadian research shows that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may raise the risk of developing cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye. While statins such as Zocor (simvastatin), Crestor (rosuvastatin), and Lipitor (atorvastatin) protect many people from heart attack … Continue reading →
According to a study just published online in the medical journal the Lancet, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can directly increase the risk of diabetes. While statins have previously been associated with higher rates of Type 2 diabetes, it was not clear … Continue reading →
Recently published research reports serious design flaws in many of the pharmaceutical studies involving animals that precede drug trials in humans. A research team led by pharmacologist Lisa Bero of the University of California, San Francisco, analyzed animal studies of … Continue reading →
A new study has found that statins, used to lower blood cholesterol levels, may reduce exercise benefits for overweight adults. Statins rank among the best selling drugs in the world and are typically prescribed to people with obesity, diabetes, and … Continue reading →
A recent BMJ article reviewed the connection between statin medications and kidney damage. The just-published article reviewed data from over 2 million patient records dated from 1997 to 2008, said the Drug Safety Monitor. Records originated from Canadian provinces and … Continue reading →
People who use statins to lower their cholesterol may face a higher risk of developing age-related cataracts, according to a new study that appears in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science. According to the study, the association between … Continue reading →
Statin drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol levels are more likely to cause severe muscle injuries when taken at higher doses or when more potent forms of the drug are used. According to a ScienceDaily.com report on a new study from … Continue reading →
Cholesterol-lowering statins may leave patients fatigued, according to a new study. Statins are a class of prescription drugs used in combination with diet and exercise to lower the blood levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol—so-called bad cholesterol. The research found … Continue reading →
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning concerning statin interactions with HIV and hepatitis C medications. The notification involved interactions between protease inhibitors and certain statin drugs, including Lipitor (Atorvastatin), Mevacor (Lovastatin), Crestor (Rosuvastatin), and Zocor (Simvastatin). … Continue reading →