Product News and Recalls

Access to Shingrix May Come Down to Where You Look

Shingrix vaccine may be in short supplyIt’s been a good year for GlaxoSmithKline. Just one year after its Shingrix shingles vaccine was approved by the FDA, the drug is in such high demand that availability has become an issue and the drug manufacturer is ramping up production to meet the growing need.

“We understand that this is a challenging situation to manage, and GSK is fully committed to expediting resupply throughout 2018. Going forward, providers and patients ...

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Judge Signals New Trial in Monsanto Cancer Case

judge signals new trial in Monsanto Roundup cancer caseCiting a failure to provide “clear and convincing evidence of malice or oppression,” San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos issued a tentative ruling earlier this month ordering a new trial in Dewayne Johnson’s Roundup cancer lawsuit. Johnson, a school groundskeeper, won a $298 million judgement against the secretive agribusiness this summer when a jury found that his frequent exposure to Roundup caused him to ...

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When It Comes to Shingrix vs. Zostavax, the CDC Makes Their Preference Clear

cdc recommends Shingrix over ZostavaxOn a page titled “What Everyone Should Know about Zostavax,” the CDC would like you to know that they’d prefer that you use Shingrix instead.

Until recently, the only vaccine available for the prevention of shingles was Zostavax; a position it had enjoyed since being approved for use in 2006. Shingles comes from the same virus that causes chickenpox; a fact that is highly emphasized in Zostavax’s marketing campaign. If ...

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What’s the Latest in IVC Filter Litigation?

ivc filter lawsuit updateThe past month has brought a flurry of activity in the litigation surrounding IVC filters, and particularly those filters made by medical device manufacturer C.R. Bard.

Thousands of lawsuits claim the devices, which are designed to catch clots in the bloodstream before they can make their way to the patient’s heart or lungs, are faulty in both their design and their function. The suits claim a litany of injuries including migration of the device ...

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A List of Lessons Not Yet Learned

The final days of summer have come to a close and thoughts are turning to cooler temperatures, holidays, and end-of-year celebrations. This also means that we’re taking a few moments to reflect on a year of news and posts that show the worst of what can happen when corporations and governments – two entities that, in many ways, have become indistinguishable from one another – put finance, profit, and politics over public safety.

It’s been a year of progress on many ...

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FDA Sends Mixed Signals on Breast Implants

FDA questions breast implant safety reportThe Food and Drug Administration has agreed to hold a public meeting on breast implant safety while simultaneously saying that it does not agree with claims that the implants may be dangerous.

Led by Dr. Mark Clemens, researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas had previously focused on the risks of an exceedingly rare kind of cancer of the immune system known as continue reading...

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