Product News and Recalls

Risk Factors for Deep Vein Thrombosis and Other Blood Clots

According to the Mayo Clinic, there’s a wide range of severity when it comes to blood clots.

They can actually be beneficial when they occur in response to an injury or a cut, and prevent bleeding. On the opposite extreme are the potentially fatal clots that show up in locations such as the lungs and the brain.

Superficial phlebitis occurs when blood clots form inside small veins near the surface of the skin. True to its name, the condition isn’t generally serious ...

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Columnist: Preemptive implant removal a bad idea

A medical columnist for the British newspaper Daily Mail writes that patients should not get all-metal hip implants removed simply because they’re worried over recent reports about the devices.

Dr. Ellie Cannon acknowledged that patients who received the implants in question are likely to be alarmed about two widely reported problems. The first problem associated with these implants is that studies show the all-metal variety of artificial hip fails at a substantially earlier rate than other types, causing pain and loss ...

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NPR broadcast examines faulty hip implants

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” on Monday provided an in-depth look at the problems that recipients of DePuy’s all-metal hip implants are dealing with. The company recalled the implants in 2010 because of a high early failure rate.

The broadcast actually went into the operating room at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, where New Hampshire resident Susy Mansfield was undergoing surgery to remove one of the faulty devices.

The surgeon described for listeners the dead muscle and the staining on Mansfield’s tissue from ...

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Nonprofit says safer alternatives to Beyaz, Yaz available

Are the birth control pills Beyaz and Yaz dangerous? That’s a tricky question, according to the National Research Center for Women and Families.

An article by three staffers at the center, including two PhDs, makes the point that a relatively low number of women taking the oral contraceptives containing the synthetic hormone drospirenone – which include Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Beyaz – suffer a potentially fatal blood clot as a result.

The issue, according to the Center, is that less dangerous and less ...

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Report: Flaw in drug trials may work against women

A new study finds that women are prescribed more medications than men, but are less likely than men to use those medications as prescribed, according to a Washington Post report.

Authors of the study suggest that situation might point to an inherent flaw in the way drugs are tested in the first place. Men tend to be over-represented in early-stage drug trials, so development of medications might not take adequate account of the different way that women’s bodies absorb and metabolize ...

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What are the side effects of Beyaz?

Before taking Beyaz, or any drug, it is important to understand the potential side effects. Fortunately, most common Beyaz side-effects are quite rare. For example, according to the label, the most common adverse reactions include headaches, menstrual irregularities, nausea/vomiting, irritability, decreased libido, and increased weight.

Other less common, but more serious Beyaz side-effects listed on the label include:

  • Hyperkalemia, characterized by high levels of potassium in the blood and associated with kidney failure.
  • Liver disease.
  • High blood pressure, particularly among older women and long-time ...
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