Aug 14, 2019

Allergan Breast Implant Recall Issued Due to Cancer Risk

CNN reported on July 25, 2019, that Allergan “issued a worldwide recall of Biocell textured breast implants and tissue expanders that have been linked to a rare cancer. The move came after the US Food and Drug Administration requested the manufacturer voluntarily recall the products.” Allergan claimed the recall was in response to global information [...]

Dec 19, 2018

Farxiga and Jardiance Linked to Limb Loss and a Rare, Flesh-Eating Genital Infection

According to a new observational study published in the BMJ in the November 2018 issue, a class of type 2 diabetes medications called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors has been associated with twice the risk of lower limb amputations compared with other type 2 diabetes medications. The BMJ study reports that SGLT2 inhibitors are associated with [...]

Mar 14, 2018

Women Are Being Over-Prescribed with Opioids After C-Sections

According to a recent study conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who undergo Cesarean sections have been routinely overprescribed opioid (narcotic) pain medications. The study looked at 179 patients who had undergone cesareans at VUMC over an eight-week period to examine opioid prescribing practices and consumption [...]

Feb 14, 2018

Limbrel Capsules Deemed by the FDA as an Unapproved Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suggested that use of the product known as Limbrel may inflict a life-threatening injury to the liver in addition to promoting the development of pancreatitis and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. In November 2017, the FDA issued a warning concerning Limbrel, which Primus Pharmaceuticals, the company that markets the product, designates [...]

Jan 9, 2018

The FDA Takes on Pharmacy Errors and Medication Errors by Changing Drug Packaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking on medication errors by changing drug packaging and labeling. Medication errors are a massive problem in the healthcare systems of the United States. The Institute of Medicine reports that as many as 98,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors, and up to 7,000 of [...]

Nov 22, 2017

The Vulnerability of Medical Devices to Cybersecurity Breaches

You have likely heard of, and may well have been a victim of, a cyber security breach where sensitive, personal information was hacked from the servers of a bank, a credit bureau or even a major health care insurer. Medical devices such as pacemakers and insulin pumps are now connected to wireless networks so that [...]

Nov 1, 2017

Baltimore Family Awarded Millions after a Medication Error Led to the Death of Their Loved One

Medication errors are a significant problem in modern health care. Also called adverse drug events (ADE), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) reports that ADE's account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations each year. The AHRQ also reports that approximately 5% of hospitalized patients will experience an ADE making them [...]

Sep 27, 2017

A Defective Pacemaker Can Cause More Harm Than Good

A pacemaker is a medical device, first used in Sweden in the 1950s, for patients with heart problems. The device sends electrical impulses that help stabilize patients who have irregular heartbeats. Implanting a pacemaker is usually performed by a cardiologist or a surgeon. Unfortunately, some pacemakers have flaws which can cause death, heart attacks, or [...]

Jun 28, 2017

Killer Drug Fentanyl is Fueling the Opioid Epidemic Death Rate

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to treat cancer breakthrough pain, but with additional safety measures. The dangerous drug was prescribed and dispensed in the form of transdermal patches and lozenges. Today, however, many of the cases of fentanyl-related injuries may be attributed to counterfeit fentanyl, which is sold on the black market [...]

Dec 28, 2016

Another Abilify Lawsuit Linked to Compulsive Gambling Losses

On November 1, 2016, a California woman named Chrystal Austin filed a lawsuit against Bristol Meyers-Squibb after having suffered excessive financial losses linked to a compulsive gambling problem caused by the drug Abilify. Ms. Austin claims that the drug maker failed to warn consumers about the impulse control side-effects before it caused her significant financial [...]

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