Product News and Recalls

Former FDA Commissioner May Testify Against Johnson & Johnson in Risperdal Lawsuit

Ongoing litigation against the pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) involves the allegations of improper and deceitful marketing of their antipsychotic drug, Risperdal. A Risperdal lawsuit being heard in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court may take an interesting turn with the involvement of a former commissioner from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A recent article from Philly.com discusses the possibility that the former FDA commissioner will be called to testify against Johnson & Johnson ...

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Columbia Study Investigates Increasing Concerns Over the Use of Power Morcellators

The FDA released a statement discouraging the use of power morcellators in gynecological procedures because of significant cancer risks. A story by CBS Pittsburgh reports of a new study by Columbia University that further confirmed that power morcellators can spread undiagnosed stage 1 cancer.

The Columbia University study concluded that an estimated 1 in 368 women have uterine cancer at the time they undergo a gynecologic procedure. As a result, doctors may be unknowingly spreading cancer ...

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Asbestos is Still Widely Promoted in Asia as a Product for the Poor

While most of the world recognizes the severe negative health effects of asbestos exposure, the industry continues to thrive in India, where executives claim the materials are suitable for building in poorer regions. An article in Business Insider recounts that industry leaders continue to deny the negative health consequences from exposure to asbestos. India is now the world’s biggest importer of the deadly mineral, where asbestos is now a $2 billion industry and still growing.

The ...

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Urinary Incontinence Treatment Options

CNN Health is providing online coverage of a Harvard Special Report discussing the available treatments for urinary incontinence. Treatment options typically vary between men and women and are based on the cause of the urinary incontinence. Obviously, patients suffering from incontinence will need to discuss with their doctors which treatment option is the best choice for their situation.

Treatments for urinary incontinence vary from simple lifestyle changes to invasive surgeries. According to the Harvard Special Report, lifestyle ...

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Study Shows Risk of Mesothelioma Remains Decades After Exposure to Asbestos

risk of mesothelioma still high long after asbestos exposureA recent study shows that the long-term risk of developing mesothelioma increases even following cessation of asbestos exposure. A study done on eight patient groups concluded that the toxicity of asbestos within the body does not subside until 40-50 years after exposure. Asbestos exposure has been found to have direct links to the development of mesothelioma.

Both people exposed directly and through secondhand contact are very much ...

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Regular Doctor Visits May Help Keep Blood Pressure Under Control

A recent post on Medline Plus discusses a study published in an October issue of Circulation. The study found that adequate blood pressure control was more likely with patients who made regular trips to the doctor and had medical insurance.

The researchers reviewed data from 1999 to 2012 on the blood pressure check ups of more than 37,000 Americans. They then controlled for factors like diabetes, body fat, and smoking. Even after accounting for these factors, ...

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