Product News and Recalls

Study Links Common Heartburn Drugs to Kidney Disease

more evidence links heartburn drugs with kidney diseaseOngoing research into the effects of certain heartburn medications continues to reveal increased risks of kidney disease or failure. These findings center on proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, which are found in common medicines you may already have in your home like Nexium, Prevacid, and Prilosec. They are intended to treat gastric or digestive distress.

The New York Times wellness blog recently reported on a Journal of the American Medical ...

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IBS-D Drug Could Kill Those Without Gallbladder

viberzi may cause fatal pancreatitis in patients with no gallbladderMay 27, 2015 was a busy day at the FDA and a good day for two competing pharmaceutical companies. Allergan’s Viberzi, as well as Valeant’s Xifaxan medications were both approved by the agency to treat IBS-D, or irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea.

Patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome must contend with frequent agonizing bouts of lower stomach distress. The pain can be intense and is amplified by the ...

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Evidence Indicates Automakers Were Aware of Takata Airbag Failures

automakers including honda possibly aware of risk of takata airbag malfunctionsThe script has been the same since the crisis began. Automakers, the victims in the tale, had been unknowingly installing faulty Takata airbags into their vehicles for years and putting millions of lives at risk in the process. They would assume their role quickly and convincingly while the ire of legislators and the driving public was focused squarely on Takata.

That ire wasn’t entirely misplaced, as the ...

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Heater-Cooler Lawsuits Filed in Pennsylvania

2 Pennsylvania heater-cooler lawsuits filedTwo Pennsylvania residents have filed a lawsuit against the University of Penn Health System claiming that they contracted dangerous bacterial infections because of defective heater-cooler units, or HCUs, according to a recent philly.com report.

The plaintiffs, Robert Gerngross and Marisa Karamanoogian, would be among the latest claiming to suffer from such infections. The FDA has now received notice of more than 80 cases worldwide. More than 25% of those are ...

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Recent FDA Warnings For 11 Anesthesia Drugs May Be “Disservice to the Population”

questions over fda advice on anesthetics in childrenSome doctors feel that new warnings now required by the FDA on 11 anesthetic and sedation drugs may cause parents and guardians to needlessly put off life-altering or even life-saving procedures for their children. The warnings detail how extended use of the drugs might lead to brain damage. They apply to children aged three and younger, as well as pregnant women in their third trimester. The FDA has ...

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JAMA Study Concludes No IVC Filter Benefit in Trauma Patients

jama study concludes no ivc filter benefit in trauma patientsScience and evidence-based research is, by its very design, difficult. There are hurdles that must be overcome at every step of the way as the researcher actively searches for ways that their study could be invalidated. But, in the end, the goal of every study remains the same: to ask a question and to be able to arrive at a definitive answer; or, at the very least, ...

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