Subjects who took Avodart were more likely to be diagnosed with high-grade prostate cancer compared to those who took the placebo.
The company for the Chantix lawsuit was set to go to trial; but just one week before the landmark case, Pfizer made a deal with the plaintiff, and the family of a suicide victim is awarded an undisclosed amount of money.
In almost a decade old battle, Merck & Co. Inc. has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of Missouri consumers over its prescription pain reliever Vioxx in a deal that could cost the drugmaker up to $220 million, lawyers for the consumers said. According to CNBC, the agreement announced on November [...]
Antidepressant usage by pregnant women has been a controversial subject for quite some time. Once a woman finds out she is pregnant, she, along with the advice of her doctor, has a very difficult decision to make. There have been countless studies that have proven the dangers of continuing the medications and the effects on [...]
A recent article written by The New York Times addresses an issue that we have been talking about for quite some time, Pradaxa and the bleeding deaths linked to the drug. Pradaxa is an anticlotting drug that was believed to be better than the decades old warfarin. But, unfortunately the drug has its flaws, and [...]
Allegations that Bayer’s birth control pill Yasmin caused blood clots in young women are now pending in Switzerland and France. The latest news comes from the Swiss where according to Reuters, Switzerland’s biggest health insurer CSS is supporting a young woman in her claim against Bayer, as the fall-out from alleged side effects of the German drugmaker’s contraceptive [...]
As one teenager seeks justice, the Risperdal battle continues this week as sales representatives testify that the company’s top officials did in fact know and even encourage their employees to promote the drug for uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One former Janssen Pharmaceuticals sales representative, who was promoted because of [...]
Abbott was marketing its anti-seizure drug Depakote off-label uses for schizophrenia and even migraines. Now they owe the US government $700 million dollars, as a federal judge approved a $1.6 billion settlement between the manufacturer and the U.S. Department of Justice. (MORE: Patients Not Aware When Drugs Are Prescribed For “Off-Label” Use) In May 2012 Abbott [...]
People taking cholesterol-lowering drugs may often complain of muscle problems, such as pain and weakness. But, did you know the strength or potency of the drugs may be the cause? According to a study from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, this may be the case. The development of these symptoms has [...]
Pulmonary hypertension is high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. It is a rare lung disorder in which the arteries that carry blood from the heart to the lungs become narrowed. Pulmonary hypertension can cause the heart to overwork and become enlarged. This can eventually lead to heart failure. Treating pulmonary hypertension involves [...]
Travelling or working on an underground railway for sustained period of time could have health implications due to concentrations of metal-rich microscopic dust particles.New Study Helps Understand Why Health Care Costs On The Rise
Although many believe is it medical malpractice suites that are causing the increase in the health care costs, it is actually the fear of them that is partly to blame. Doctors are ordering unnecessary tests and procedures for fear of a patient filing a claim down the roadFDA Issues New Warnings Concerning Tolvaptan
The FDA has issued a drug safety communication concerning Tolvaptan, a selective vasopression V2-receptor antagonist used in heart failure patients to treat clinically significant hypervolemic and euvolemic hyponatremia.New Antiepileptic Drug Causes Blue Discoloration And Vision Trouble
An antiepileptic drug to hit the market has been known to cause vision troubles and skin discoloration. Almost all patients experienced gray/blue skin discoloration who had been taking the pill for two years. More information is needed to better understand the occurrences.Medical Mattresses Pose Risk Of Infection And Contamination
The FDA warns that medical mattresses may not be as clean as once perceived. Routine checks on mattresses are advised as any rips, tears, or excessive wear alter the efficacy. The medical mattresses as well as the covers have an expected life depending on the manufacturer, which should not go unnoticed.
For some women a pelvic transvaginal mesh product has been a god sent. To be able to resume a full active life, without the worry of a leaky bladder, is a true miracle for some women. And, this only became possible with the help of pelvic mesh. The mesh is most commonly used after pelvic [...]Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Cause Soft Tissue Damage Says FDA
Hip joint deterioration can lead to pain, stiffness or difficulty walking. When these symptoms do not respond to conservative treatment, such as physical therapy, patients may be advised to undergo total hip replacement or hip resurfacing. As part of this treatment, they may receive a “metal-on-metal” hip implant in which the “ball and socket” of [...]Ethicon Recalls Surgical Stapler
The FDA has announced a voluntary global recall of more than 157,000 Ethicon surgical staplers, due to problems with incomplete firing strokes that may cause faulty staple formation, potentially resulting in painful and severe internal complications for the patient. An Ethicon surgical stapler recall was first announced in August, after reports surfaced where surgeons experienced [...]Another Device Maker Investigated By DOJ
Earlier this month, cardiovascular device maker Abiomed announced that the US Attorney’s Office was investigating the company’s marketing and labeling of the Impella 2.5 circulatory support device. According to Forbes, the announcement confirmed rumors that had been circulating for at least two weeks, though in the press release the company said it had just been [...]A Medical Device Horror Story
CNNMoney describes the chilling details of the bone cement horror stories surrounding the medical device company Synthes. In 2009 the U.S. attorney in Philadelphia accused the medical device manufacturer of running illegal clinical trials — essentially, experimenting on humans. Between 2002 and 2004, Synthes tested a product called Norian XR, a cement that has a [...]