Product News and Recalls

Hospital Under Fire Over Mold Infection Deaths

UPMC under fire over mold deathsWhen we think about mold, most of us probably think of the battle we fight whenever we clean our bathrooms. All it takes, however, is a little bathroom spray mixing with a little elbow grease, and the bathtub and shower are looking as good as new. Other times, we might think of mold remediation in the home. An undiscovered water leak can lead to very unpleasant – and expensive – surprises ...

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Insys Therapeutics Allegedly Used Illegal Sales Tactics for Its Name-brand Fentanyl

Illegal tactics may have been used in fentanyl marketingThey are some of the strongest painkillers available and were developed for use in only the most extreme of circumstances, yet opioids are prescribed at an alarming rate in the United States. Their use – and misuse – represents a major and growing safety concern and has led many medical professionals to refer to the situation surrounding opioids as an “epidemic” of abuse. The use of such a ...

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Bellwether Xarelto Bleeding Case Ends With Defense Verdict

bellwether xarelto case ends in verdict for defenseFew drugs have taken the market by storm like Xarelto. Developed as an improvement over Coumadin; the ‘standard’ of blood thinning medications since the 1960s, Xarelto has seen billions of dollars in sales growth since its release in 2011. In fact, Xarelto sales more than doubled in the four-year span between 2013 and 2016, topping out at $3.2 billion in 2016. This makes it Bayer’s top-selling medication.

On the surface, ...

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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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