Mar 9, 2022

Blood Pressure Medications Recalled Due to Carcinogen Levels

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for ensuring that medicine distributed on the market is effectively tested before being consumed by anyone. Even after a form of medicine is distributed on the market, the FDA still has an obligation to American consumers to continue to monitor the medicine for [...]

Apr 21, 2021

Banned, Experimental Stimulant Found in Weight Loss Supplements

A new study has revealed that an experimental stimulant drug, phenpromethamine, which was never approved for oral use, is part of weight loss and sports supplements being sold today. The stimulant, also called Vonedrine, dates back to World War II, when it was sold as a nasal inhaler. It was later withdrawn from the market. [...]

Dec 2, 2020

Six of the Worst Medical Device Recalls of 2020

Technology produces some pretty amazing devices for the medical field that enhance treatment and recovery options. Companies that design these gadgets often rush their products to market by cutting corners such as using subpar materials or not testing as thoroughly as they should to ensure safety. Streamlining medical treatment is big business, but patients shouldn’t [...]

Nov 25, 2020

Elemental Baby Formulas May Cause Serious Injuries

New parents can so easily become overwhelmed with trying to do everything the right way for their baby. It’s certainly crucial to get the important things right when it comes to health and safety for your newborn or infant. There are so many of these areas to stay on top of that it can be [...]

Sep 23, 2020

Medical Device Recalls Jump More than 31% During Second Quarter of 2020

Beyond issues surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, medical device recalls have had their fair share of headlines this year. In the second quarter of 2020, the number of medical device recalls increased by over 30 percent. Here’s what you should know. Stericycle Expert Solutions issues annual quarterly reports detailing recalls encompassing the consumer products, pharmaceutical, food [...]

Sep 26, 2019

The CDC is Pursuing Possible Links Between Vaping and Severe Illness Across the Nation

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating incidents of severe pulmonary disease among individuals who have used e-cigarettes in a number of different states. As of this month, the state of Wisconsin has the most cases, with 16 confirmed and 15 additional under investigation. The respiratory symptoms suffered by patients as [...]

Jul 2, 2019

Can a Judge’s Ruling on Stem Cell Treatments Really Put a Stop to Them?

In 2015, a Miami woman with macular degeneration, an incurable disease leading to permanent vision loss, visited a clinic which promised the extraordinary: a treatment designed to slow down, or even stop, the progression of the disease. The treatment would use stem cells from the patient’s own belly fat. Instead of gaining her vision back, [...]

May 22, 2019

FDA Exemption for Medical Device Defects is Harming Patients and Thwarting Doctors

Most doctors and the public think that the FDA’s database on defective medical devices should be current and complete. If a product malfunctions, the reasonable expectation is that the doctor can research the device to learn what complaints have been filed and whether it is safe for future surgeries. What doctors also expect is that [...]

Jul 5, 2018

The Issues with Tracking Recalled Medical Implants

Product recalls are an unfortunately common occurrence. You've probably seen some lately: tainted romaine lettuce, certain model cars with defective airbags, or perhaps a child's toy recalled for choking hazards. Typically, local or national news or authorized websites provide consumers with serial numbers to check against your product to see if it's affected, and what [...]

Jun 20, 2018

FDA Restricts Sales of Essure Birth Control Device

Essure birth control went on the market in 2002, and since then the implantable permanent birth control device has been the focus of much controversy. Thousands of women, on their own or organized in support groups, have reported that the device has caused them chronic pain, internal bleeding, miscarriages, and stillbirths. This past April, the [...]

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