Product News and Recalls

Diabetes Drug Invokana No Longer Carries Boxed Warning

FDA drops invokana black boxWhen the FDA made the decision to give Johnson & Johnson’s diabetes drug Invokana a black box warning in 2017, one would like to believe that the decision was not made lightly. The boxed warning is the strongest warning the agency can issue for a drug on the US healthcare market and indicates that the product can pose grave risks to the consumer if used. There is no ...

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Coronavirus Dead Found in Makeshift Morgue in New Jersey Nursing Home

Families of patients and residents of Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Sussex County, New Jersey have filed a class-action lawsuit after news broke that the facility was keeping the bodies of those that died from COVID-19 in an onsite makeshift morgue. The “morgue” was a small room in the facility that, when discovered, contained 17 bodies piled up within it.

As stated in the lawsuit, “it has been widely reported that, at or around that time, ...

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Three New Deaths Attributed to Cancer Tied to Breast Implants

new deaths reported from rare breast implant associated breast cancerThe death toll formally attributed to breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma now stands at 36, although it could be higher. Three new fatalities have occurred within the same six months and just weeks before the implants implicated in the deaths were set to be recalled.

The implants in question were made by Allergan prior to its acquisition by AbbVie. The Biocell textured breast ...

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FDA Provides Hand Sanitizer Lab Test

contaminated hand sanitizer list now has over 170 brands to avoidIn response to the growing number of hand sanitizer products found to contain either inadequate levels of the right ingredients or toxic levels of contaminants, the Food and Drug Administration will begin making a lab test available to ensure the quality of these products. The agency’s website alludes to the fact that such testing of hand sanitizer products will be mandatory in ...

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Consumers Advised to Monitor Personal Records After Recent Unrest May Have Compromised Information

Walgreens stores lost customer data during May lootingThe recent unrest and looting over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers may have led to the compromise of customers’ personal information at stores that were ransacked. According to reporting by the Philadelphia Inquirer, 180 Walgreens stores across the country saw filled prescriptions stolen off shelves and various pieces of customer information removed from the stores’ pharmacies during May’s ...

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Hand Sanitizer Warnings Expand Amid Fatalities

hand sanitizer warnings expand to over 150 brandsWhat began as a small group of just under 10 brands of hand sanitizer to avoid has ballooned into a list of well over 100, and the products have now taken their first lives.

The concern began when various brands of hand sanitizer were shown to contain methanol rather than ethanol. While ethanol is an alcohol-based key component of an effective sanitizer, methanol is toxic if ...

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