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FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

FDA Urged to Ban Powdered Caffeine

Pennsylvania Senator Robert Casey has written to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to urge the agency to ban powdered caffeine, a dietary supplement.

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Older Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

Older Hip Implant, Knee Replacement Patients Face Heart Attack Risk Following Surgery

An emerging report reveals that older hip implant and knee replacement patients face increased heart attack risks following surgery. The risk for acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was seen in the first two weeks after these surgical procedures.

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Study Finds Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Associated with High Incidence of Pseudotumors

Yet another study is adding to concerns about the potential dangers associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. The study, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, found that large diameter metal-on-metal total hip replacement may be associated with a substantially higher incidence of pseudotumor formation.

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Medtronic Infuse Lawsuit Alleges Off-Label Use Cause Painful Complications

A man in Louisiana has filed suit against Medtronic Inc. over injuries allegedly cause by off-label use of its Infuse Bone Graft product. The plaintiff, who received Infuse during transforaminal spinal lumbar fusion surgery, claims that the bone growth protein caused unwanted bone growth along his spine, worsening the back ...

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Zadroga Act Cancer Decision Expected This Week

The federal official tasked with determining what ailments should be covered by the federal Zadroga Act is expected to decide by Saturday if certain cancers will be eligible for compensation. The decision is being eagerly awaited by thousands of first responders who believe they developed cancer due to exposure ...

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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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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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What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

What Action Will the FDA Take on E-cigarettes?

As health and quality concerns trouble the e-cigarette industry, experts and the public await the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s action to regulate the devices.

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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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Janssen Failed to Warn of Ketoacidosis Risk with Invokana Diabetes Drug, Suit Alleges

Janssen Failed to Warn of Issue with Invokana Diabetes Drug

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is accused of failing to warn about the risk of ketoacidosis with its type 2 diabetes drug Invokana. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a serious condition caused by the build up of ketone bodies, … Continue reading

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Jury Returns $13.5 Million Verdict against Johnson & Johnson in Pelvic Mesh Trial

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A Philadelphia jury has returned a $13.5 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division in a case over Ethicon’s faulty pelvic mesh implants. The plaintiff in the case alleges that the implant left her in near constant pain and … Continue reading

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New Study Warns of Side Effect Risk in “Off-label” Drug Prescribing

Side Effect Risk in “Off-label” Drug Prescribing

When a doctor prescribes a drug for a use not approved by the Food and Drug Administration—“off-label” prescribing—the patient can be at risk for serious side effects, a new study finds. In a review of off-label prescribing, a Canadian-U.S. research … Continue reading

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Google Searches Could Help FDA Identify Drug Side Effects

Google Searches Could Help FDA Identify Drug Side Effects

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has asked for Google’s help in identifying previously unknown side effects of medications. Last month, in a conference call, FDA officials spoke with a senior Google researcher who co-authored a 2013 paper about using search query … Continue reading

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Pfizer Scientist Warned Company of Possible Link between Zoloft and Birth Defects

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A report from the associate director in Pfizer’s Worldwide Safety Strategy unit warned company executives last year about a potential link between the anti-depressant drug Zoloft and birth defects. The report recommended changes to the medication’s warning label. The report, … Continue reading

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Questions about Sexual Side Effects of Hair-Loss Drug

Questions about Sexual Side Effects of Hair-Loss Drug

A review of 34 clinical trials on a popular drug to treat hair loss in men found that none of the studies adequately reported on the drug’s sexual side effects. The findings raise serious questions about whether finasteride, marketed as … Continue reading

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Nation’s top colleges injecting football players with prescription painkiller Toradol to get them back in action sooner

It’s the height of the college football bowl season and as the hundreds of players take the field to battle for school pride and a potential future playing the sport professionally for millions of dollars, many are unknowingly being put … Continue reading

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