Product News and Recalls

Possible Neglect Not Reported in Hospital

An investigation by the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Office of Recipient Rights alleges that a former director of a Michigan hospital did not properly report that death of a patient in March, 2014 that may have involved negligence.

In May, a nurse, a nursing director, and the director of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital were all suspended, based on multiple complaints about patient treatment. One of the complaints involved the death of a 68 year old ...

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Lipitor Lawsuits Continue to Accumulate Against Pfizer

The number of Lipitor lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company Pfizer continues to grow. A story in Reuters explains the rising number of diabetes lawsuits that allege the anti-cholesterol drug has caused serious health complications in women. The number of lawsuits filed over the past five months in federal court has gone from 56 to almost 1,000.

In 2012 the FDA issued a warning that statins such as Lipitor have been linked to an increase in blood sugar. ...

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Androgel Manufacturer Drops Plan to Purchase Shire

First Word Pharma reports that Androgel maker AbbVie has abandoned its plan to buy out pharmaceutical maker Shire. AbbVie says the bid for Shire was withdrawn in light of recent U.S. tax law changes. As a result of the failed deal, AbbVie will have to pay $1.6 billion to Shire and will be unable to make another offer to purchase the company for at least a year.

The Androgel maker was recently in the news over allegations ...

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit File Against Philadelphia School and School District

Philly.com reports on a lawsuit that was filed following the death of a 12 year-old girl from an asthma attack. The lawsuit, filed by the girl’s estate, faults her West Philadelphia school for not having a nurse on duty and for not seeking emergency medical treatment for the girl despite her obvious distress.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court. Bryant Elementary School, the Philadelphia School District and several individuals are named as defendants in ...

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Prenatal Exposure to SSRIs Linked to Autism and Developmental Disorders in Boys

A recent study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health identified a link between a mother’s use of antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and developmental disorders and delays in boys. The study detailed in Science Daily included nearly 1,000 mother-child pairs and looked to identify the effects of prenatal SSRI treatment on newborns.

The researchers analyzed data from those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delays compared with control subjects who ...

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Death Following Cancer Surgery

Recently, MedlinePlus reported on a study of the death rates following cancer surgery. The Harvard study looked at more than a million cancer patients undergoing surgery and found that nearly five percent died within one month of surgery.

The lead author noted that the study may be a wake-up call to healthcare providers and policy makers that disadvantaged groups are at a higher risk. The study found that patients with the highest risk following cancer surgery ...

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