Product News and Recalls

Stevens-Johnson Syndrome Linked to Unchecked Dosage of Depression Medication

depression medicine linked to stevens-johnson syndromeKhaliah Shaw went to the doctor in 2014 seeking help for her depression. She was prescribed lamotrigine, an extended release medication most frequently used for patients with epilepsy and bipolar disorder. For the first two weeks, she had positive results. But then blisters began to appear all over her body. Her sweat glands began to melt, effectively liquefying from the inside out, and drastically changing her physical appearance. ...

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Zostavax Competitor Wins Unanimous Recommendation for Approval

shingrix wins approval recommendationAfter considering the data, every member of an FDA advisory panel convened this month voted to recommend the approval of Shingrix – a new shingles vaccine developed and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline.

Data was not based solely on efficacy, or effectiveness. Rather, the data also took the vaccine’s safety into consideration. Panel members were “very impressed” with that data on both fronts and – according to Reuters – believe that Shingrix is ...

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Forbes Analysis: Danger Warnings Make Invokana Harder to Sell

investors weary of invokanaThe analysis is in: people are less likely to buy a medication when they’ve been warned that it may increase the odds of them having their leg or foot amputated. And, while this is bad news for Invokana specifically, Forbes would like you to know that Johnson & Johnson – the drug’s manufacturer – will be just fine.

This is the gist of an article that appeared on the Forbes website ...

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New Research Shows High Degree of Overuse of IVC Filters in United States

ivc filters overused in united statesNew research has emerged detailing what appears to be a significant over-reliance on IVC filters by the medical community in the United States. The study was led by Dr. Riyaz Bashir of Temple University and Temple University Hospital, and found that more than one million IVC filters had been placed in patients over a ten year period.

That total accounts for an increase of IVC filter implants of roughly ...

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Tort Lawsuits on the Decline as Factors Converge

tort lawsuits on the declineIt should surprise no one that the United States has had a reputation as one of the most litigious countries in the world for a very long time. And according to an article recently published in the Wall Street Journal, even though it may still seem that way, the reality is that this reputation may be less deserved now than at any point in recent history. In fact, less ...

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Opana ER Pulled from Shelves Over Abuse Concerns

sales of opana halted by FDAEndo Pharmaceuticals has officially withdrawn Opana ER from the market at the FDA’s request. The extended release opioid medication recently became the subject of an inquiry by the agency because of the specific way it was being abused.

Opana ER was designed to slowly and steadily medicate a patient as an extended release medication. However, when crushed, snorted, or injected, an abuser can get the full dose in a ...

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