Product News and Recalls

Warnings Link Breast Cancer to Implants

textured breat implants linked to rare cancerCaution is being urged for women who received textured implants while undergoing breast augmentation surgery, as they may be linked to the development of an extraordinarily rare form of breast cancer.

A recent story on Today tells the story of Stacey Boone, a Florida woman who had breast augmentation surgery in 1990. Decades later, after losing over 40 pounds and living with an “egg-sized lump on her collarbone;” symptoms initially dismissed ...

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Appeals Court Restores Cases Against Merck Over Fosamax

merck cases restored by courtIn a 3-0 ruling, the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia restored the claims of several hundreds of plaintiffs against Merck for their osteoporosis drug Fosamax, according to Reuters. The plaintiffs claim the company didn’t adequately warn of the risk of thigh bone fractures that the drug may carry. Trials can now proceed on failure-to-warn claims, which a lower court originally found to be pre-empted by ...

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Spotlight Back on Abbott After Study Reveals Problems with Dissolving Stent

Absorb dissolving stent linked to heart problemsDissolving medical products like stents and sutures are, in theory, a great idea. After all, if a patient can avoid the discomfort and risks that come with additional medical procedures or monitoring, then the benefits seem pretty clear.

The concept behind dissolving medical products is a simple one. After the devices have served their purpose, they simply dissolve over time and are absorbed by the body. If you’ve ever had any ...

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Minimal Doses of Viberzi Could Be Deadly

viberzi dangerous to those without gallbladderThe FDA has issued a safety communication recommending that certain patients stop taking Allergan’s Viberzi, and for healthcare professionals to stop prescribing it to certain populations immediately.

Viberzi is supposed to help those with irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea, or IBS-D, by decreasing bowel contractions, easing pain, and improving stool consistency.

Viberzi poses the most risk to individuals without a gallbladder. The FDA has received at least 120 reports ...

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Court Rules “Da Vinci” Maker Has Responsibility to Warn Parties of Possible Dangers

da vinci maker must warn of dangers with robotThe Washington state Supreme Court has overturned a jury’s ruling on Intuitive Surgical’s controversial robotic “da Vinci” laparoscopic surgical system. In a 6-3 vote, the court found Intuitive does have a duty to provide proper warnings and instructions to hospitals that use its devices.

Da Vinci robotic systems are used in minimally invasive procedures and include a camera at the end of a small tube. ...

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Asbestos Concerns Linger Nearly 50 Years After First Warnings

concerns linger over mesothelioma risks and asbestosFew materials have affected entire industries quite like the scourge of asbestos. Used in everything from insulation to paint, asbestos changed the way we manufactured many of the items we would come to welcome into our homes with open arms.

As a spike in a new form of cancer emerged, however, it became obvious that a serious mistake had been made. Research would go on to show that even a small ...

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