We just reported that another family is alleging that the maker of the popular antidepressant, Zoloft, is responsible for their child’s birth defects, and that they are among a growing number of people claiming the same thing. Now, due to the rising number of cases, the maker of the drug, Pfizer has requested that all [...]
Another sad story that could have possibly been prevented. Another family harmed due to a negligent pharmaceutical company? One family thinks so, and is therefore trying to hold them accountable. The Lawsuit The Louisiana family is blaming the makers of Zoloft for their child being born with birth defects. In their Zoloft lawsuit, Terry and [...]
Doctors used to tell women with epilepsy not to have children, because the only available medications to treat the disorder also increased the risk of birth defects. But according to a May 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, newer antiepileptic medications used during the first trimester carry no such risks. However, [...]
Expectant mothers with HIV have some hope of preventing the transmission of the deadly virus to their unborn baby, with a special kind of drug called antiretrovirals. But, unfortunately based on new research, these drugs may come with several possible birth defects. Everyday Health explained that Vassiliki Cartsos, associate professor and director of graduate orthodontics [...]
In the past we have written several articles explaining the potential risks a mother takes when taking anti-depressant drugs while pregnant. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, better known as SSRI’s, have already been linked to septal heart defects, and amphibole. And, now, yet another study confirms another possible birth defect- dangerously high blood pressure in the [...]
According to research reported back in October, the daughters of women given diethylstilbestrol (DES), a synthetic estrogen that was prescribed to millions of women in the United States, Europe and other countries to prevent miscarriages and birth defects, were showing high rates of breast cancer and infertility problems. And, now in a first of it’s kind [...]
After first being turned down by the Food and Drug Administration, makers of the weight-loss drug Qnexa claim they have promising new data to report and have asked the FDA to reconsider it’s approval. Vivus, Inc, of Mountain View, Calif., sought FDA approval last year to market Qnexa for weight loss in adults. But the [...]
When a woman becomes pregnant, in most situations, for the next 40 weeks their life becomes consumed with protecting their unborn child. From refraining from different types of food and drinks, to questioning physical activities, to worrying over every little pregnancy symptom; the majority of women become maternal from the get go. And although pregnancy [...]
In recent news, all Topamax lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania state court are now centralized in Philadelphia for pretrial proceedings. The Pennsylvania state court litigation was centralized in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on September 16. The lawsuits have been by families who claim that use of the epilepsy and migraine medication during pregnancy caused their children to be born with severe birth defects.
There are several drugs associated with causing birth defects in pregnant women. And, in August, the FDA announced yet another one. They informed the public in August 2011 that treatment with chronic, high doses (400-800mg/day) of Diflucan (fluconazole) during the first trimester of pregnancy may be associated with a rare and distinct set of birth defects in infants
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.
Doctors traditionally believed the larger the size of the implant, the more protective it was against failure, according to Sedrakyan. However, he said his study found regardless of size, women had a higher rate of revision occurrence, so some other factor besides the actual implants may be leading to this effect.Transvaginal Mesh Lawsuits – Who Is At Fault?
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 [...]