Product News and Recalls

When It Comes to Shingrix vs. Zostavax, the CDC Makes Their Preference Clear

cdc recommends Shingrix over ZostavaxOn a page titled “What Everyone Should Know about Zostavax,” the CDC would like you to know that they’d prefer that you use Shingrix instead.

Until recently, the only vaccine available for the prevention of shingles was Zostavax; a position it had enjoyed since being approved for use in 2006. Shingles comes from the same virus that causes chickenpox; a fact that is highly emphasized in Zostavax’s marketing campaign. If ...

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What’s the Latest in IVC Filter Litigation?

ivc filter lawsuit updateThe past month has brought a flurry of activity in the litigation surrounding IVC filters, and particularly those filters made by medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard.

Thousands of lawsuits claim the devices, which are designed to catch clots in the bloodstream before they can make their way to the patient’s heart or lungs, are faulty in both their design and their function. The suits claim a litany of injuries including migration of the device ...

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A List of Lessons Not Yet Learned

The final days of summer have come to a close and thoughts are turning to cooler temperatures, holidays, and end-of-year celebrations. This also means that we’re taking a few moments to reflect on a year of news and posts that show the worst of what can happen when corporations and governments – two entities that, in many ways, have become indistinguishable from one another – put finance, profit, and politics over public safety.

It’s been a year of progress on many ...

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FDA Sends Mixed Signals on Breast Implants

FDA questions breast implant safety reportThe Food and Drug Administration has agreed to hold a public meeting on breast implant safety while simultaneously saying that it does not agree with claims that the implants may be dangerous.

Led by Dr. Mark Clemens, researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas had previously focused on the risks of an exceedingly rare kind of cancer of the immune system known as continue reading...

Monsanto Moves to Negate Roundup Award

Monsanto moves to have Roundup verdict overturnedIn a move that surprises absolutely no one, Monsanto has filed to have the $289 million award it was ordered to pay California school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson thrown out. The award came after a jury found that glyphosate present in the company’s Roundup product directly caused Mr. Johnson to develop a case of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His doctors fear that the cancer will kill the husband and father ...

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AndroGel Settlement Draws Closer as Sides Reach Consensus

testosterone therapy lawsuits may be reaching settlementAfter years of litigation and a series of legal decisions that never really gave either side any clear advantage, the battle over testosterone therapy and the methods used to market it may finally be coming to a close.

Of the nearly 7,000 lawsuits filed by men claiming that their use of testosterone therapy led to dangerous complications including heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots, more than half were ...

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