Product News and Recalls

FDA Recalls Macquet TigerPaw System II

fda recalls macquet tigerpaw system iiThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a Class I recall of all lots of Macquet Medical Systems’ TigerPaw System II. The TigerPaw System II is an implantable device used to close ruptured tissue in the left atrial appendage of the heart. However, according to the FDA, if not completely closed, the TigerPaw System II may result in tissue tears or bleeding during use of the device.

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FDA: SGLT2 Inhibitors May Lead to Serious Blood Condition

drug safety warning issued for sglt2 inhibitorsThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a Drug Safety Communication warning that the SGLT2 inhibitors canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin may result in ketoacidosis, a serious blood condition in which the body produces excess blood acids, or ketones. Ketoacidosis may require hospitalization and in extreme cases can prove fatal. The SLGT2 inhibitors are marketed under the brand names Invokana, Invokamet, Farxiga, Jardiance, Glyxambi, and Xigduo XR.

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Will Your Next Appointment with Your Doctor Happen Via a Webcam?

The American Telemedicine Association. It’s a pretty safe bet that we’re living in the future when a group exists whose purpose is to be “the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies.”

Telemedicine is growing at a breakneck pace. The ATA claims that nearly one million patients will be seen by a doctor using a webcam this year and insurance companies are already moving to provide coverage.

For those that still want the face-to-actual-face communication and ...

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Pfizer Settles Lawsuits over Dopamine Drugs

pfizer settles dopamine lawsuitsThe pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has settled a class-action lawsuit claiming the company did not adequately warn patients of the potential health risks posed by its dopamine drugs Cabaser and Dostinex. According to the FiercePharma article, Pfizer reached a multi-million dollar confidential settlement with 172 patients in an Australian court.

Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit claimed that Pfizer’s Cabaser and Dostinex caused them to develop previously nonexistent addictions to activities such as gambling, ...

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FL Judge Allows New Testimony in Bard IVC Filter Lawsuit

judge allows new plaintiff's testimony in Bard IVC filter caseA Florida judge will allow plaintiffs in a Bard G2 IVC filter lawsuit to present expert testimony about fracturing and dislocation of the device. However, according to information on Harris Martin’s website, the judge will exclude opinions about the adequacy of the testing, design, manufacture, and labeling of Bard’s G2 filter.

IVC filters such as Bard’s G2 filter have been in use for roughly 50 years, ...

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Investigating Amtrak Train 188 Crash

A week has passed since eight passengers died and more than 200 were injured when Amtrak Train 188 veered off the railroad tracks just north of Philadelphia. Federal officials were quick to launch investigations into the nature of the crash, and are currently working to discover who or what was responsible for the tragic accident.

As thorough and effective as government investigations may be, details can sometimes be overlooked or remain hidden. In cases like this, Lopez ...

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