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Certain Antihypertensive Drugs May Correlate with Breast Cancer Risk

A story by Med Page Today highlights a recent study conducted by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The study found a possible association between extended use of calcium-channel blockers and breast cancer.

Calcium-channel blockers are a commonly prescribed medication for high blood pressure. Examples of these include Cardizem and Norvasc along with many others. In postmenopausal women, the risk of breast cancer doubled for those who have been taking this medicine for at ...

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Another legal decision against Ethicon

A judge recently ordered Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon division to pay Irish health care products manufacturer Covidien $176.5 million in damages over a patent dispute, Bloomberg reports.

At the conclusion of a non-jury trial, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven, Conn., ruled that Ethicon infringed three U.S. patents for ultrasonic surgical instruments owned by Covidien.

Ethicon recently suffered another multi-million setback, in the form of an $11.1 million jury award ...

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FDA approves new diabetes drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Johnson & Johnson’s drug Invokana, which will be used to treat type 2 diabetes.

According to the New York Times, Invokana is the first of a new class of diabetes medication. It causes blood sugar to be excreted in the urine, as opposed to many other drugs on the market that work by affecting the supply or use of insulin.

Last year, the FDA rejected ...

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Johnson & Johnson Announces New Warnings For Extra Strength Tylenol

Risks of Liver Damage and Death Form Basis for Concern


Johnson & Johnson has announced that, beginning in October, bottles of Extra Strength Tylenol sold in the U.S. will be accompanied by new warnings and instructions. The warning will make it explicitly clear that the drug contains acetaminophen, a pain-relieving ingredient that is the nation’s leading cause of sudden liver failure. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, ...

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Study: Pharmaceutical Advertising Increases Chances of High Cholesterol

When is the last time you went to watch your favorite television show or listen to your favorite radio program and you were able to do so without being exposed to an advertisement from a pharmaceutical company? It feels like almost every day we are introduced to a new drug that claims to improve our lives. It is true that modern medicine can greatly improve our quality of life, but all drugs carry risks, and the risks are often minimized ...

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Johnson & Johnson recalls contraceptives

Johnson & Johnson has announced a voluntary recall of millions of oral contraceptive packages, after tests showed that one of the hormones in the pills was being released more slowly than it should.

A story in the Asbury Park Press notes that it’s the latest in a series of about 40 product recalls announced by Johnson & Johnson since 2009.

Among them is the 2010 recall of an all-metal hip implant manufactured by ...

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